If you're planning a vacation to the historically rich North East Florida region, you'll have plenty of appealing options for lodging in St. Augustine and the Jacksonville area. You can indulge your family in the modern conveniences that come with condominium living near your favorite golf course or near the beach or immerse yourself in local history as you lodge in an authentic historic home with modern upgrades near the waterfront. Whether you dream of staying in a quaint and cozy cottage or a sleek innovative setting near the ocean, you can find it all in North East Florida.
Aficionados of architecture adore St. George Street in St. Augustine. This infamous street is lined with original and reconstructed Spanish colonial and stately 19th century homes and businesses that can make one feel as if they've been transported to a simpler time.
Downtown St. Augustine hosts the Freedom Trail of Historic Sites of the Civil Rights Movement, where tourists can trace inlaid bronze footsteps of Andrew Young, a prominent leader of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. The thought-provoking St. Augustine Foot Soldiers Monument was commemorated in 2011 in the downtown plaza a few feet from the former Slave Market to pay tribute to participants of the civil rights movement. Young's footsteps run diagonally throughout the downtown plaza, and they're accompanied with poignant quotes from the movement.
There is a Museum of African-American History at the Fort Mose site, where the free black community lived in 1738. The historic Excelsior School, built in 1925, was the first public high school for black children in St. Augustine.
Take a fun and educational tour of the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum with the popular host, Captain Mayhem. Adults and kids are thrilled and intrigued by authentic artifacts from the era of pirates. Have a literal blast as you shoot cannons and experience an auditory recounting of the last battle of Blackbeard from the automated head of Blackbeard himself.
Tour the St. Augustine Lighthouse. This historic lighthouse is an awe-inspiring site, and those who to mount the stairs are rewarded with a stunning panoramic view of the region that they'll never forget. The Luminary Night in December event is an enchanting treat with lit candles throughout the environment and the songs of the local choir filling the air.
North East Florida has a humid subtropical climate marked by four seasons. Many consider spring and autumn ideal for visiting the region due to warm and sunny daytime temperatures from 75 to 80-degrees and nighttime lows in the 50s to low 60s. The hot rainy season from May to October brings brief but dramatic daily downpours, daytime highs from the 80s to 90s, and nighttime lows in the 70s. The cool dry season, from November to April, has daytime highs between 65 to 70-degrees and nighttime lows from 46 to 49 degrees.
If your vacation is set for the rainy summer months, you can take comfort in knowing that this region is rarely confronted with destructive tropical storms.
If you're planning a road trip, Interstate 95 and U.S. Route 1 offer clear passage north and south into the region. Most people arrive in St. Augustine by air at the Northeast Florida Regional Airport, and then rent a car for cruising. The local Sunshine Bus Company offers convenient inner-city travel throughout St. Augustine and transportation to Jacksonville.