St. Augustine, FL – The Perfect Southeast RV Getaway

By Outdoor America

Why St. Augustine Should Be Your RV Destination

One the best things about traveling in an RV is all the interesting places you get to visit. When your road takes you to the Southeast corner of the Unites States, one of those places that you just can’t miss is St. Augustine, Florida, the oldest settlement in America. And there’s no better way to experience all this historic site has to offer than while camping among the white sand dunes of Anastasia State Park.

You’ll find St. Augustine an easy 43 miles south of Jacksonville, Florida on US Route 1. Take the Bridge of Lions across the Matanzas River onto State Road A1A and follow signs to Anastasia State Park at the end of Anastasia Park Road.

RV Camping in St. Augustine

With 139 sites available for tent and RV camping, it’s not difficult to find a spot. But for assurance, you can reserve an RV or camp site up to eleven months in advance online at ReserveAmerica or by calling 1-800-326-3521 between 8 AM and 8 PM Eastern Standard Time.

At the time of this writing, admission will run you $8 per vehicle, unless you’re by yourself (then it’s only $4). RV sites and tent camping sites are $28 per night, plus tax and a $6.70 non-refundable reservation fee. All sites are equipped with water and electricity and there are four bathhouses throughout the campground with hot showers and laundry facilities.

When you’re ready to play, enjoy 4 miles of white sand shoreline within the park, or explore the Ancient Dunes Nature Trail that wanders through the trees and dunes of Conch Island. If getting out on the water is more your style, then stop by Anastasia Watersports for everything you need to take a kayak, canoe, paddleboard, or sail boat out on the water for the day.

All that playing will make you hungry, but the Island Beach Shop and Grill has you covered with fresh food and free Wi-Fi. Stock up on sundry items at the gift shop and grab a souvenir to remember your stay.

After all the fun in the sun, you may want to head back into town and explore the oldest settlement in the continental United States. St. Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who would become Florida’s first governor.

The town’s rich history is literally written on the walls of its buildings. Here, you can touch the oldest house and visit the oldest wooden school building in the United States. Step back in time as you saunter down St. George Street past vintage shops and cafes and visit the Spanish Colonial Quarter, where the past comes to life.

Just across the Bridge of Lions, a stroll through the verdant Plaza De La Constitución will bring you to the Governor’s House and Cultural Museum. It’s a great place to start a tour through the numerous museums in St. Augustine. Among some of the more notable are the Lightner Museum of Victorian-era artifacts, the castle-like Villa Zorayda Museum, and for the kids, the St. Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum. If the macabre is more your style, then you might be interested in visiting Ripley’s Believe it or Not or the Museum of Medieval Torture.

While you’re taking a walk through history, you might check out Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archeological Site and learn about the fabled hope that brought the Spanish explorer to the shores of Florida in 1513 CE. Or you might tour the Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the US built of coquina (or shellfish) stones between 1672 and 1695. Time your visit to watch re-enactors in period costumes perform traditional weapons demonstrations and fire the canons.

As the warm Florida night comes on, rest your feet at any of the numerous restaurants with outdoor seating and delicious food, and then make your way back to your camp site to roast marshmallows around the campfire.

There’s more to do and see in St. Augustine, Florida than you can possibly accomplish in a day or two, so make a weekend of it and enjoy your stay. Things operate more on island time here, anyway. When you are ready to depart, keep in mind that between State Route 1 and State Road A1A, you can drive the Florida Atlantic coast all the way south to Key West. You know, just in case your perfect Southeast RV Getaway includes the perfect southeast RV road trip, too.

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