The charming city of St Augustine is one of the most underrated places to visit in Florida.

Located on the northeast coast of Florida, St Augustine is home to a thriving food scene, striking coastline, and rich Spanish architecture. Whether you’re looking to catch that perfect wave or learn about the colonial history of the oldest city in the US – you’ll find it here.

However, you might struggle to find much information on the best places to base yourself in St Augustine. This is exactly why we wrote this insider’s guide on where to stay in St Augustine, where we break down the best neighborhoods in St Augustine that cater to different travelers’ wants and needs.

Along with this, we give you local tips on the top things to do in each area, such as the best beaches to take a dip in or the perfect bar where you can party all night long.

So, let’s stop rambling and get on with it. Below is our ultimate guide for where to stay in St Augustine.

Where to Stay in St Augustine

Looking for a specific place to stay quickly? These are our highest recommendations for places to stay in St Augustine.

Best Bed & Breakfast in St Augustine – Treetop Cottage – 3 blocks from Historic District

Treetop Cottage 3 blocks from Historic District St Augustine

Located right in the center of the leafy historic district is this charming treetop cottage B&B in Florida with its own eclectic modern design. The owners pride the property on being a home away from home with a spacious, bohemian chic style cottage that is perfect for couples. The space comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a king-sized bed, a deep bathtub for soaking sore muscles after a long day of exploring, and a quaint little balcony to enjoy a coffee on. This is definitely one of the best treetop houses in Florida.

Best Hostel in St Augustine – The Pirate Haus Hostel

The Pirate Haus Hostel St Augustine

This colonial-style hostel is located in the heart of downtown just a few minutes’ walk to the best nightlife in the area. The building was built in 1915 and has wooden floors and high ceilings, so if you’re into history, you can stay right in the heart of it at The Pirate Haus. There are not many hostels in St Augustine, but this is the perfect place to stay if you’re a solo traveler or a group looking to meet new people and have a comfortable stay.

Best Hotel in St Augustine – Embassy Suites St Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

Embassy Suites St Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

This luxury beachside hotel on St Augustine Beach is a natures lover’s dream. The beautifully modern building stands tall over the cream-colored sands and boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel provides a variety of rooms from family rooms to romantic suites, so whatever your style and budget, you can find a room to suit you. The hotel is also only 4.8 km (3.1 mi) from the historic district, so if you want to head into town to explore and check out the restaurants there, it’s not too far away.

St Augustine Neighborhood Guide

FIRST TIME IN ST AUGUSTINE
Downtown St Augustine
FIRST TIME IN ST AUGUSTINE

Historic Downtown

Historic Downtown can be best described as having a traditional and old-world charm with a European fairytale resemblance. You’ll be stunned with bright brick streets, candlelit courtyards, and cute live music bars.

NIGHTLIFE
Lighthouse St Augustine
NIGHTLIFE

St Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach is renowned for its stunning coastline and epic beach nightlife. This funky and hipster neighborhood is located just a short drive from the city center making it the perfect location for those who want to be by the beach but still be able to explore St Augustine’s rich culture and attractions.

ON A BUDGET
Downtown street St Augustine
ON A BUDGET

S.R 16 & I-95

If you’re a shopping fanatic then the highway neighborhood of S.R 16 & I-95 is the ultimate location to stay in. With over 85 premium outlet stores in a modern-style outdoor mall including big names such as Ralph Lauren and Polo.

FOR FAMILIES
Vilano Beach St Augustine
FOR FAMILIES

Vilano Beach

Incredible golf courses, great surfing waves, unique wildlife and beachfront attractions mean the coastal neighborhood of Vilano has a little something for everyone. Known for its sense of tranquility and relaxation along with consistently sunny skies Vilano has been attracting visitors to St Augustine for years.

Without a doubt, St Augustine is one of the most underrated destinations in Florida (maybe even the US), and most visitors of the loveable coastal city will agree. The sunny Florida city is packed full of culture, history, and outdoor activities from exploring the great selection of beaches and national parks to venturing through the colonial buildings in the historic downtown.

The city is divided into a number of unique neighborhoods, each tailoring to a different traveler’s style and budget. In this St Augustine Neighborhood Guide we break down the best accommodation options and places to stay in each area, so you can make planning your trip that little bit easier.

The Historic Downtown is in the heart of the coastal city. It’s where you will find the best-preserved colonial architecture and history, along with restaurants, cafes and famous landmarks. Nicknamed the neighborhood with an incredible old-world charm, as you wander around the streets you will be greeted with bright brick streets, candlelit courtyards, and cute live music bars.

Venturing towards the coast you have the two beachside neighborhoods of St Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach, both of which offer laid-back vibes, but with slightly different twists.

Vilano Beach has so much to do, such as working on your drive at one of the incredible golf courses, taking the surfboard out on the waves, or marveling at the unique wildlife, making it the perfect neighborhood to stay in for families.

Alternatively, St Augustine Beach offers visitors a beachside location with epic nightlife situated on a stretch of stunning coastline. Nicknamed St-Everything Beach has relaxing resorts, fishing piers, seaside restaurants and bars. This is the perfect place to relax and feel the stress of the world disappear.

Alternatively, if you head inland you will find the shopping district neighborhood of S.R 16 & I-95 (not the most catchy name but we’ll take it), where you will find a great selection of budget accommodation options including Florida Airbnb apartments, hotels, and lodges.

Still, confused about where to stay in St Augustine? Don’t worry, below we have listed all of our top places to stay to help you decide.

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St Augustine’s 4 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in

Now, let’s take a look in more detail at the four best neighborhoods to stay in St Augustine. Each is a little different from the last, so you’ll be sure to find the one that’s right for you.

1. Historic Downtown – Where to Stay in St Augustine for First Time Visitors

Downtown St Augustine

Historic Downtown can be best described as having a traditional and old-world charm with a European fairytale resemblance. You’ll be stunned by the bright brick streets, candlelit courtyards, and cute live music bars.

The Historic Downtown neighborhood’s central location in St Augustine means it is near plenty of restaurants, bars, and shops. As well as this, it is home to top attractions including Plaza de la Constitution, which are all nearby each other making it easy to explore the town on foot.

The only downside is that it is a bit of a drive to the beaches, but the Historic District has plenty of bus routes along with frequent taxi services, so you won’t miss out on seeing the stunning coastline.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Historic Downtown – Treetop Cottage – 3 blocks from Historic District

Treetop Cottage 3 blocks from Historic District St Augustine

Located right in the center of the leafy historic district is this charming treetop cottage with its own eclectic modern design. The owners pride the property on being a home away from home with a spacious, bohemian chic style cottage that is perfect for couples. The space comes with a fully-equipped kitchen, a king-sized bed, a deep bathtub for soaking sore muscles after a long day of exploring, and a quaint little balcony to enjoy a coffee on.

Best Hostel in Historic Downtown – The Pirate Haus Hostel

The Pirate Haus Hostel St Augustine

This colonial-style hostel is located in the heart of downtown just a few minutes’ walk to the best nightlife in the area. The building was built in 1915 and has wooden floors and high ceilings, so if you’re into history, you can stay right in the heart of it at The Pirate Haus. There are not many hostels in St Augustine, but this is the perfect place to stay if you’re a solo traveler or a group looking to meet new people and have a comfortable stay.

Best Hotel in Historic Downtown – Villa 1565 – Saint Augustine

Villa 1565 Saint Augustine

Located in the heart of the Historic Downtown, this hotel is beautifully decorated with charming Spanish architecture, including a brightly lit sprawling courtyard that hangs underneath a grand oak tree. The hotel prides itself on having an old-world authenticity with a contemporary and modern twist. As well as being in the middle of all the top attractions in Downtown, the hotel offers guests complimentary coffee all day and all night long, an outdoor pool, and free parking.

Things to See and Do in Historic Downtown

The Lightner Museum St Augustine
  • Explore the Colonial Quarter
  • Taste some free samples on a tour of Saint Augustine Distillery
  • Learn about American Gilded Age history at The Lightner Museum 
  • Visit the famous Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • Take a trip to Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
  • Explore history at the Old Jail
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2. St Augustine Beach – Best Neighborhood in St Augustine for Beaches

Lighthouse St Augustine

St. Augustine Beach is renowned for its wide, Atlantic Ocean-facing coastline and epic beach attractions. This funky and hipster neighborhood is located just a short drive from the city center making it the perfect location for those who want to be by the beach but still have easy access to St Augustine’s historic Downtown and attractions.

This coastal neighborhood boasts a laid-back vibe, with access to beach volleyball, a children’s splash park, and a fishing pier, as well as a great selection of beach bars and restaurants making it our top pick for beach lovers visiting St Augustine. Make sure to add your sun hat and sun cream to your packing list when visiting St Augustine Beach, as you won’t want to leave this beach.

Below we have listed our top picks of places to stay on St Augustine Beach, taking different budgets and styles into consideration.

Best Bed & Breakfast in St Augustine Beach – Oceanside Condo w/ Pools, Jacuzzis

Oceanside Condo w Pools Jacuzzis Steps to Beach St Augustine

This is a modern, ocean-inspired beach condo located just a stone’s throw away from the sandy beaches of St Augustine. You won’t struggle for things to do here as the condo is home to two swimming pools, five Jacuzzis, tennis & racquetball courts along with a private walkway to the beach. Capable of occupying six guests, this is the perfect B&B for anyone traveling with a family or in groups.

Best Budget Accommodation in St Augustine Beach – Another Day in Paradise Cottage

Another day in paradise cottage St Augustine

Fancy a bright, contemporary beachside cabin in Florida with a beautiful coastal patio and views overlooking the ocean? And also on a budget? Then you’re in luck as this beachfront cottage feels as though you are in a tropical paradise and you can rent it for a steal of a price. Not only is it surrounded by lush greenery, but it is only a short walk to lots of restaurants and bars. This property can house up to 4 guests and comes with a full-sized kitchen and spacious living area.

Best Hotel in St Augustine Beach – Embassy Suites St Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

Embassy Suites St Augustine Beach Oceanfront Resort

This luxury beachside hotel on St Augustine Beach is a natures lover’s dream. The beautifully modern building stands tall over the cream-colored sands and boasts spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean. The hotel provides a variety of rooms from family rooms to romantic suites, so whatever your style and budget, you can find a room to suit you. The hotel is also only 4.8 km (3.1 mi) from the historic district, so if you want to head into town to explore and check out the restaurants there, it’s not too far away.

Things to See and Do in St Augustine Beach

st augustine beach boarwalk florida
  • Watch the sun go down at St. Johns County Ocean & Fishing Pier
  • Play a round of mini gold at Fiesta Falls
  • Hit the surf at Saint Augustine Beach
  • Wander through the trees at Ocean Hammock Park
  • Have a picnic at Ron Parker Park
  • Learn history at St Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum

3. S.R 16 & I-95 – Where to Stay in St Augustine on a Budget

Downtown street St Augustine

If you’re a shopping fanatic then the highway neighborhood of S.R 16 & I-95 is the ultimate location to stay in. There are over 85 premium outlet stores in the modern-style outdoor mall, including big names such as Ralph Lauren and Polo.

Located only 15 minutes from the historic Downtown, it is the perfect location for those who don’t mind traveling a few miles to see the city’s main attractions.

Due to its less central location, it is a great place to stay if you’re looking for somewhere quiet that won’t break the bank. Here you will find plenty of budget-conscious hotels and apartments.

Best Bed & Breakfast in S.R 16 & I-95 – Townhouse – Saint Augustine FL

Townhouse Saint Augustine FL

This large townhouse is situated in the heart of St Augustine’s outlet shopping district. Sleeping up to six guests, this property comes with a large open plan living space and access to an outdoor swimming pool, which is the ideal option for families and groups. There is also free parking onsite, perfect for those on a Florida road trip.

Best Budget Accommodation inS.R 16 & I-95 – Cozy and Bright Room

Cozy and Bright Room St Augustine

This bright, cozy, and yet spacious private room is located in the heart of St Augustine’s outlet shopping neighborhood. The room comes with a cute patio, which is the perfect place to unwind after being on your feet all day. There is also a queen bed, desk, and dresser in the room, and you will have your own private bathroom. This is the perfect place to stay for any long-stay travelers or digital nomads visiting St Augustine who want to stay somewhere on a budget.

Best Hotel inS.R 16 & I-95 – Courtyard by Marriott St. Augustine I-95

Courtyard by Marriott St Augustine I-95

This stylish hotel by Marriott has an unbeatable location, nestled between St Augustine’s shopping district and historic Old Town. Each room comes with a private bathroom and all the facilities you would expect such as a mini-fridge and microwave. Guests also have access to a glistening outdoor pool along with a hot tub and on-site bistro restaurant serving up breakfast and dinner.

Things to See and Do atS.R 16 & I-95

Golf Courrse St Augustine
  • Venture through the outlet shopping malls
  • Take a dip in the local swimming pool
  • Take a short drive to the Historic Downtown
  • Play a round of golf at one of the many nearby courses
  • Head to the beach
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4. Vilano Beach – Best Neighborhood in St Augustine for Families

Vilano Beach St Augustine

Incredible golf courses, great surfing waves, unique wildlife, and beachfront attractions mean the coastal neighborhood of Vilano has a little something for everyone. Known for its sense of tranquility and relaxation along with consistently sunny skies, Vilano is one of the most attractive neighborhoods in St Augustine.

With so many outdoor activities to explore, it is the perfect place to keep the kids entertained, which makes Vilano our top pick for where to stay in St Augustine for families. Not only this, but it is also has a great selection of affordable beachside accommodation options, which means you don’t have to break the bank staying here.

Best Bed & Breakfast in Vilano Beach – Beachcomber Penthouse at Vilano- Luxurious Retreat

Beachcomber Penthouse at Vilano St Augustine

This beautiful Penthouse offers spectacular ocean views right from your bed. Located on a laid-back street in Vilano, it is just a short walk from a nearly secluded beach, as well as many of Vilano Beach’s top attractions. Guests staying at this penthouse can receive free admission to some of the local attractions and can visit the Historic District in less than 5 minutes drive. This property is only available to adults, making it the perfect place to stay for couples.

Best Hotel in Vilano Beach – Hampton Inn & Suites St. Augustine-Vilano Beach

Hampton Inn Suites St Augustine-Vilano Beach

This beautifully-styled hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites provides guests with a luxurious beach experience. With a variety of different rooms available, you can tailor your experience to your budget and needs. It is also in a perfect location, just steps away from the beach and a few minutes’ walk away from a great selection of restaurants, bars, and cafes. It’s also just a short drive away from the Historic District.

Best Budget Accommodation in Vilano Beach – Oceanview Lodge – Saint Augustine

Oceanview Lodge Saint Augustine

If you’re looking for a beachfront place to stay but are on a budget, this is the place for you. It has basic but spacious rooms, each with its own private balcony. The Oceanview Lodge has an awesome beachfront location, that is also just a five-minute drive away from the historic Downtown, at a steal of a price. There is also an outdoor pool in case you fancy a change from the beach.

Things to See and Do in Vilano Beach

Vilano St Augustine
  • Explore medieval history at Castle Otttis
  • Watch a sunset or sunrise at Vilano Beach Fishing Pier
  • Wander the markets at Vilano Beach Market at Airstream Row
  • Explore nature at Nease Beachfront Park
  • Hit the waves at Surfside Park
  • Take a hike through Vilano Beach Nature Boardwalk

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Final Thoughts on Where to Stay in St Augustine

So that’s the beautiful coastal city of St Augustine! A laid-back but characteristic colonial city that has charming shops, trendy cafes, and plenty of cultural activities. So whether you’re heading as a family, a solo traveler, or couple, St Augustine has something amazing for everyone.

In this guide, we’ve looked at the best places to stay in St Augustine and hope that it helped you break down which area is best for you. Which is our favorite? Well, we love meeting new people and staying in historic buildings, so The Pirate Haus hostel would be our top choice. But the beachside properties of Vilano Beach would be a close second!

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