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  • Writer's pictureMandy-Gentry

St. Augustine, FLORIDA

You can see our 2023 video from St. Augustine HERE.

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach is probably our favorite beach stop in Florida! Located on Anastasia Island, which sits adjacent to the historic downtown of St. Augustine, it's an exquisite stretch of coastline just waiting to be enjoyed. The sand is more hard packed, making it perfect for activities like bike riding and running. Crescent Beach is known as one of the most beautifully preserved beaches in Florida, and the natural setting is refreshing and tranquil.

The kids love playing in the sand here and splashing in the waves. The gentle slope into the water makes it very kid friendly, but we do still keep an eye on that strong Atlantic current.

There are several little seashells that dot the water's edge, and Sawyer even found a live sand dollar one afternoon.

Ocean Grove RV Resort - Anastasia Island

This was our second stop at Ocean Grove RV Resort. Although it's not our favorite campground, the location is amazing and there are plenty of perks. They have a great pool area, it's located one block away from the beach, and it backs up to the intracoastal marsh. We caught a few phenomenal sunsets here, too!

Historic St. Augustine

Historic downtown St. Augustine is only about 7 miles/ 15 minutes from the campsite, and there is a lot of history to soak in here. Although it is often very busy and has been infiltrated by tourist shops, there are still plenty of historical treasures. Here are just a few:

⭐ Castillo de San Marcos (circa 1672)

⭐ Fort Matanzas (circa 1742)

⭐ St. George Street (circa 1565)

⭐ Ponce de Leon's Fountain of Youth (circa 1513)

⭐ St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum (circa 1871)

This year we visited the Castillo de San Marcos. (Use your National Parks Pass to get in here for no additional cost.)

We also enjoyed strolling down historic St. George Street, and we loved spotting the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse (circa 1716!)

Celtic Music & Heritage Festival

We were fortunate enough to be in town during the Celtic Festival, and it was quite an interesting experience. The festivities started with a parade through historic downtown to the main gathering at Francis Field in St. Augustine. The place was filled with people wearing kilts, anything and everything green, and all things Irish & Scottish.

There were many different groups of bagpipers playing throughout the crowd. Our favorite part was the Highland Games where several different kilt-wearing clans competed in events such as the Scottish weight throw and caber toss. These guys were beasts, and it was pretty impressive watching them toss a 16.5lb bag (to represent sheep hay) up and over a bar in the air with a pitchfork.

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