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Old 06-02-2010, 09:30 AM
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Well the vacations plans are set. We will be in the St Augustine Florida area between June 13 - 19. Anybody have any suggestions, or advice, on what to do, see, where to eat, where and who to fish with? This will be the first time in the area for me and I would welcome any and all advice from experienced travellers or residents!!


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Old 06-02-2010, 09:32 AM
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:45 AM
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Go see the light house and the gator farm. Go eat at Cap's. Plan to spend a full day walking around the Fort/St George street area. lots of shops, bars and food around there. If you want to fish offshore go on the Jody Lynn.

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Old 06-02-2010, 09:53 AM
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Isn't there a world class museum in St. Augustine?
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where are you stayin? osteens for fried shrimp a must! gypsy cab pretty good too. will you have a boat? check out fort matanzas and the area there. about 15 miles south of st aug on A1A. free boat ride across the river to the fort. neat little place. fish right off the bridge there, over the matanzas inlet.
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Go to Camachee Cove Marina and rent a small boat from Cast & Cruise. Celeste will set you up. 904-829-9928. You can then explore Salt Run, Cap's(by boat), inshore fishing, just hanging out on the water seeing the sights.

Go to the Matanzas State Park and take the boat ride(provided) over to Fort Matanzas. Pretty cool.

Definitely spend some time walking all over the old town area looking at the shops and resaurants. Eat lunch or dinner one night at Pizally(probably spelled wrong).

Rent a bike or 3 wheeler to ride all over St. Augustine.

Eat at Kingfish Grill at Camachee Cove, it is on the water.

Eat at the Conch House, request one of the "tree houses".

Go to Marineland and set up a dolphin encounter.

A bunch of fun things to do.
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Definitely the lighthouse, just redone and beautiful views.
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Most of Jags recommendation are good.

Eats
Osteens - good fried shrimp- long waits, small dining area
Schooners- same fried shrimp, good food On US 1 n. of town
Barnacles Bills- Good food, downtown, good seafood
**Aunt Kates- GREAT Location on the water, vilano beach Very good food,
I think this place is much better than Kingfish grill IMHO**
Pizzalleys- Old town, Great Pizza
Conch House- Great atomphere, not real fond of their food (way over priced and only so-so IMHO)

Things to see
St. Georges St.-Old Town- Like Key West- Spend a day downtown
Matanza Inlet and Fort (Ferry takes you to the fort) National Park
Beaches are very nice.
Take a water tour on the Victory (departs city yacht pier)
I took a ghost tour downtown a few years ago (they are at night) that was fun also

Charters
Jodie Lynn- Robert is a very good bottom fisherman offshore
Endless summer- seems to charter alot, dont know them very well offshore

Hot Fun charters- Dennis Goldstien inshore good guy and good fishermen Inshore/nearshore
Mistress Charters- Guy Spears, good guy good fisherman nearshore / offshore

If you are bringing a boat let me know I will give the 411 on launching and let me know if there is anything specific you wanna know
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check out the 1905 salad at the columbia. and with the line at o'steens, a few times if its real long, i've just gotten take out and gone over to the lighthouse park to grab a picnic table. its by the launch ramp too so kinda fun for a boater...i havent eaten at the conch house in a long time. but its a fun place to go for a few drinks. if you get a chance to get down to marineland and fort matanzas, drive a few miles further thru the hammock. its an interesting little place. theres a place called barbara jeans there (small chain also up in ponte vedra better location on the icw) great pot roast crab soup and chicken fried chicken. just some more ideas for you... have fun, i love the whole area! matanzas innlet for happy hour ! these are all down in the matanzas inlet / palm coast area, about 15-25 miles south of downtown st augustine.
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Matanzas is the last natural inlet on the east coast of Florida. One of the few unspoiled stretches left. If you go to "Ripleys" museum, be sure and follow the arrows to the "egress"..................
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by salt_shaker View Post
where are you stayin? osteens for fried shrimp a must! gypsy cab pretty good too. will you have a boat? check out fort matanzas and the area there. about 15 miles south of st aug on A1A. free boat ride across the river to the fort. neat little place. fish right off the bridge there, over the matanzas inlet.
We have booked a condo at The Ocean Gallery 4600 A1A South St Augustine Beach.
Most things appear to relativly close in driving distance, and I am going to have a lot of time to explore. Im not bring my boat with me as this is unexplored terrority for me!
Thanks for all of the tips keep them coming!
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Cracker...I see you are local...any chance of getting together for a meet? Drinks on me!! What can you tell me about the Pirate Cruise?

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One of the first things you should do is take one of the sight-seeing trolleys. The drivers/guides know their stuff. I have taken many a guest on them and it is a great way to know the lay of the city before exploring on foot. Then you can hop-on hop-off all day. Also consider a ghost walking tour at night.

The Lightner Museum is there but really is a specialist museum. There is also Flagler College (daughter just graduated from there at the end of April). It was Henry Flagler's flagship hotel in days gone by.

Pizza Alley is good - but make sure to enter on George Street then walk through the pizza place, through a connecting walkway and into to gawdy decorated restaurant on the other side.

Lighthouse is good, and the Alligator Farm is a must see when in the area, just calll and find out what time feeding is as you have to be there during that! Nothing like a bit of loud bone-crunching to keep you out of the marshes!

When you do the fort take the guided tour - you hear so so much more than if you just wander around yourself.

The horse carriage rides are not worth it - especially once you have done the trolley.

If you want a really special up-market meal try 95 Cordova in the Casa Monica Hotel.

I have chartered the Jodie Lynn 1 for a half day for the family. Great group of guys who put us on Kingfish all morning.

There is a winery there - not the vineyards just the winery building. But they do a string quartet and appetizers on the weekends on the roof after the wine tasting and it is an enjoyable experience.

You should also (perhaps after visiting the lighthouse or gator farm) go a bit further south on A1A and take a left and into St Augustine Beach. Some nice eateries and a laid back flip-flop one-street town back in there.

Do not eat at the Santa Maria - the food is C**P.

Visit the Catehdral for a bit of historial Spanish colonialism.

The fudge shop at the lower end of St George Street has some very tasty treats made as you watch - though a mite expensive.

Just outside of town is Sailor's Exchange, worth a quick look to see if there is any old boating equipment you might fancy!

If you do go over to Caps for lunch, take a drive further up to Ponte Vedra Beach, park at Mickler's Landing and walk north along the georgeous beach and see how the other half live!

In an evening you could always see what is on at the Limelight Theatre - a pretty good amateur set up in the town and very reasonably priced.

Another trip that most will not mention is the World Golf Hall Of Fame just outside of St Augustine on I95. They have special exhibits and I belive the one there now is "Shanks For The Memories" - all about Bob Hope and golf.

Relax and enjoy. It's a safe and fun place to visit - just bring some light rain gear and an umbrella, because it will friggin' rain every afternoon!

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Originally Posted by RABBITFISH View Post
Cracker...I see you are local...any chance of getting together for a meet? Drinks on me!! What can you tell me about the Pirate Cruise?

I would love to get a drink with you but I will be in the Keys that week doing a little R&R myself I have passed by the Pirate cruise several times, I am sure it is nice, that kind of thing does not really appeal to me but hey, you get out on the water.. The Ocean Gallery is very nice, I used to work off duty there years ago when I was a Marine Patrol Officer.

Good Breakfast- At the Oasis (St. Augustine Beach, a mile or 2 North of you on A1A) they have good sandwiches too.

If you have never been Daytona Beach that is an hour South by car and Orlando is about 2 hours, if you have never been there.
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Originally Posted by JAGSARE1 View Post
Go to Camachee Cove Marina and rent a small boat from Cast & Cruise. Celeste will set you up. 904-829-9928. You can then explore Salt Run, Cap's(by boat), inshore fishing, just hanging out on the water seeing the sights.

Go to the Matanzas State Park and take the boat ride(provided) over to Fort Matanzas. Pretty cool.

Definitely spend some time walking all over the old town area looking at the shops and resaurants. Eat lunch or dinner one night at Pizally(probably spelled wrong).

Rent a bike or 3 wheeler to ride all over St. Augustine.

Eat at Kingfish Grill at Camachee Cove, it is on the water.

Eat at the Conch House, request one of the "tree houses".

Go to Marineland and set up a dolphin encounter.

A bunch of fun things to do.

you hit it all on the head!

I did all of those things last time i was there. the marineland experience was awesome and cheap compared to other dolphin encounters !!

only thing i would add is after a couple drinks take a stroll in a horse drawn carriage by the fort at night .
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Pizza Garden has the best pizza by far....rt 312 and A1A....don't do "sea love" head boat..."caps" has the best food around..."flavors" or "mango-mango" for lunch, "ritas" for italian ice, want a day trip?...de leon springs...near deland...great swimming/make your own pancakes...have fun....
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Those of us who were in Florida before the mouse remember St. Augustine as the major tourist trap...errr..attraction in Florida. However, interspersed between the junk shops are very real historic buildings and businesses worth visiting. I still enjoy the area, even after all these years. The old fort is simply fantastic. Remember, St. Augustine pre-dates Williamsburg.
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i dont think i was there quite before the mouse, but i do remember when they broke ground on ocean gallery what unit are you in? my family has some rental units there, the village units though (cracker i may have met you). its a nice place, good location, the beach is awesome! nice white sugary sand (watch for the rip currents). some annoying rules with the pool hours and beach boardwalks. i think they chain them closed after 11pm or something like that. but otherwise its a nice place to walk around, lots of pools, etc.

i've pretty much always gone to eat where the locals say to go. i think you have a good list here already. i was there in april with 5 newbies and most of these are the places i took them (they were only in town for 4 days).

breakfast:
-wilfdflower cafe - small plaza next to ocean gallery
-java joint in flagler beach right on the ocean bit of a drive but if youre in that area.
another small german cafe in flagler near the pier. cant think of the name but i will reply back with it.
sea oats cafe - in the publix plaza just north of ocean gallery. good bfast and great lunch sandwiches.

lunch/dinner
-o'steens -- fried shrimp and minorcan clam chowder (a red chowder with a bite)
-barnacle bills downtown across from ripleys. fantastic coconut shrimp and minorcan chowder
-neds seafood kitchen. 2450 US 1 South
St. Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 794-2088
havent been yet but know ppl that went (multiple times) and love it. ned is the guy that started the gypsy cab co. its on the list for me next trip!
-down in palm coast teh atlantic grill, maybe pricey but great location! probably have lunch, i havent been in a while. http://www.hammockbeach.com/resort-r...ont-restaurant
- le pavillion http://www.lepav.com/ Schnitzel Viennese Style for me please! with pork.
that should get you started. units at ocean gallery also have nice kitchens so you can eat in/cook alot too.
-across a1a from ocean gallery is saltwater cowboys - not a must do for me but had some good ribs there in april. ask for extra sauce on the side. it is a really neat location though, right out on the marsh.

down in the marineland area there is a small park river to sea preserve http://www.flagleronline.com/whattod...eapreserve.asp. it doesnt quite replace the alligator farm but there is a pond with 1 gator it in. kind of a neat place and theres hardly ever anyone there. right across a1a is the ocean, neat place to picnic.
another neat place, you could just walk around or rent kayaks.. prince place preserve http://www.flaglercounty.org/facilit...=detail&RID=18

we also did a haunted pub crawl, that was kinda fun.

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Makes me want to take a trip myself but I will wait till it cools down.

This sound scool and exactly what I shouldn't do ---"we also did a haunted pub crawl, that was kinda fun." Haunted pubs? And more than one?
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[QUOTE=salt_shaker;3013844]i dont think i was there quite before the mouse, but i do remember when they broke ground on ocean gallery what unit are you in? my family has some rental units there, the village units though (cracker i may have met you). its a nice place, good location, the beach is awesome! nice white sugary sand (watch for the rip currents). some annoying rules with the pool hours and beach boardwalks. i think they chain them closed after 11pm or something like that. but otherwise its a nice place to walk around, lots of pools, etc.


We have a unit in the Village Las Palmas....
All of these suggestions are going to make the trip sooooooo much easier to decide where to go!

Thanks to all of you and still want more if there are any,, sorry to miss you Cracker, I had originally planned on the Keys but did not think I will have a big enough bank and time to do it right this time. I am still looking forward to St. Augustine I hear such great things about the area...
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