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Kayak Fishing in St Augustine

Life’s  for Livin’-


Hey Smooch do you want to go kayak fishing? Heck yeah…NO… Kind of… Yes but I’m scared.


Kayak fishing! It sounds exciting and scary at the same time. I love to fish and I love to kayak,  put them together and how could that be scary. Well, there is the casting with a hook on the line, the fact that a mullet could jump into my kayak and I scream so much  I tip myself over and alligators.

Okay I’ll go!

So my husband plans the trip with Bart from Action Kayak Adventures, he is local here in St. Augustine Florida. On the particular day we’re going Bart says it’s best to leave around 4:30 in the afternoon.  Bart says all you need to bring is sunscreen and  a snack if we want one, he provides everything else, kayaks, life vests, poles and bait.


We meet him at 4:30 and he is there as promised with our kayaks all decked out and all the gear we need.  He gives us a brief  lesson  on what we need to know to make the best of our experience, and away we go. The kayaks are some of the most comfortable and high end that I have been in here in St. Augustine. If you’ve ever spent three or four hours in a kayak you  know how important that is. This guy definitely takes great care in his business. We kayak about a mile at a leisurely pace enjoying the scenic views and reach our first fishing spot. Bart baits up my husband’s hook and sends him to the open water area and ties up to my kayak against the shoreline. He baits my hook,  casts my line and gives me a lesson on redfish behavior. I want to know everything.  I’m going to pick his brain on every bit of information he has on how to catch a Red Drum. Mullet are jumping every where…confusing my brain and scaring me as they leap and splash all around my Kayak. Is that a Red Fish, is that one?


My husband Yells to us that he has hooked a Red!!!!  The Red takes him for a ride, turns his kayak around and begins his fight. I watched from the shore, fishing from my own kayak. My husband had the time of his life with his redfish. It was a beautiful redfish,  lots of spots and he was a keeper. We had him for lunch the next day  on the half shell.

We continued fishing and Bart continued sharing his wisdom with me when I asked him a perplexing question. Bart, why did that turtle just swim by and keep his head out of the water the whole time?

Tracey.. That was a baby alligator!  So my trip had just turned  to adrenaline producing  in the blink of an eye. Come on guys let’s get a new spot  says Bart and we began to paddle to a new fishing  hole. On our way we paddled through an area with a few more gators. At this point I informed Bart that if an alligator jumped into my kayak I was going to beat him(Bart that is) to death with my paddle. He then informed me that first I should probably smack the alligator. Once again Bart was thinking of me and wanted me to have a great experience.

It was a wonderful experience! The adrenaline from the gator,( they really are harmless and just want to keep their distance), catching fish,  learning something new and kayaking in this beautiful area was above and beyond my expectations. I am so glad I did it and I can’t wait to do it again. Next time my husband asks me, ” honey do you want to go  kayak fishing?” My answer will be” Hell yeah” without any hesitation. My only question will be, can Bart take us?


You can find Bart at Action Kayak Adventures-   1-904-325-0344

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Early Spring Fishing Report & Information for St Augustine FL – March & April 2014




Early Spring Fishing Report

At the time of this writing it doesn’t feel like spring is starting. It is in the 50s and raining. Look for these cold fronts to taper off in the next month. The winds will usually continue for the month of March and April but it will begin to be a warmer wind.

This month will trigger the spawning of the sheephead and the black drum. Look for the most activity leading up to the full moon on the 16th of March and continuing through the new moon on the 30th. During this period is your best chance to get one of the big spawners. For the sheephead, look in areas within a mile or two around our local inlets. Fish around docks, rock piles or oyster outcrops. Use fiddler crabs for the smaller ones and a 1/4 of a  blue crab for the larger ones. This is also the best time to catch a big black drum which will range from 30 to 80 pounds. Fish in the deeper water from the mouth of the inlet and throughout the deeper holes in the ICW. Look for water over 20 feet deep. Use a 1/2 of fresh blue crab on a 4/0 circle hook attached to a Carolina rig. Use bigger tackle that can handle these big fish. I use 6000 series reels attached to 80-100 lb. class jigging rods. Take extra time to vent these fish and revive them. Their eating quality is poor for any of the fish over 20 pounds. Read More→

The St Augustine Distillery Tour is a Fun Thing To Do in Saint Augustine FL

Looking for a great Tour? Check out the St. Augustine Distillery. If you’re riding the green or red trolleys, you will find it’s one of the stops on the tour. If not, they have plenty of free parking or you can walk from town.

The Distillery is in the old Ice Plant building on Riberia Street in Saint Augustine, Florida. They have painstakingly refurbished it into a real historic gem.


The tour is free and includes a tasting of their artisanal handcrafted spirits. At the time of our tour, they were only serving their cane  vodka (safe if you’re going gluten free). We had a taste straight up and in a mixed drink, The Florida Mule. Delicious!!  It was a combination of  Cane Vodka, ginger, lime juice and simple syrup. They serve those up everyday next door at the famous Ice Plant Bar in an authentic copper mule cup. Read about the Ice Plant here.


My tour guide was Diana Lee. She is a consummate professional in the industry and has a wealth of knowledge about St. Augustine. The tour starts off in the Museum where you can learn about  the distilling process along with the history of the old Ice Plant building. From there, you enter  the theater to view a movie featuring a behind the scenes look at the making of the product and  the “farm to spirits” approach. They really have focused on supporting local farmers and sustainable agriculture. Next up, you get to see the distillery itself and  the beautifully crafted copper stills and equipment. The day we visited you could smell the sweet aroma of the mash fermenting that will eventually become bourbon.

Now you are on to your tasting and a lesson in craft cocktail making the old fashion way. I loved the vodka and ended up buying 2 bottles from batch number one.

The Distillery also has a gift shop where they sell anything & everything for a well stocked bar. You can purchase their spirits here as well!



I think it’s a fun thing to do in St. Augustine. It’s not every day you can tour a distillery, taste some terrific handcrafted  vodka  and get a history lesson all in the same spot.

Go check it out.

Want to know more details  about the Distillery click here.

Tours hours are Monday – Saturday  from 10:00 – 6:00

Sunday -11:00 – 6:00

  • 112 Riberia Street
  • Saint Augustine, Florida 32084
Phone (904) 825-4962

The Cathedral Festival is a Fun Thing To Do in St Augustine FL – Fireworks- Rides- Food- Bingo

It’s that time of the year again, time for the 30th annual Cathedral Festival at the  Mission  Nombre  de Dios.
This is a fun filled event for all ages. Carnival rides, a fantastic firework display, live entertainment all weekend, Bingo, food and a silent auction are all waiting for you to enjoy and partake in. See for yourself why this event is a local’s favorite.
The Fireworks show is Saturday night at 9:00 pm.
 The festival runs from February 27th – March 1st, 2015
Photo By Michael IAN Photography


Mission Nombre de Dios

101 San Marco Ave. On the grounds with the giant cross.


From Interstate 95: turn East on State Road 16. Right turn on San Marco Ave. Prince of Peace Church is located by the Cross on the Shrine grounds.


There is a nominal admission charge to enter the festival grounds. Adults are $5; children 11-17 and adults 65+ are $3; children under 10 and active duty military are admitted free.



See Map 

City parking locations are marked with a “P” on the map and are pay/metered.

City of St. Augustine Visitor Information Center parking garage – normal parking fees apply every day of the Cathedral Festival. Located at 10 Castillo Drive, phone 904.825.1000, directly across from Barnacle Bills. 500 parking spaces available only 3 blocks from the Festival!

All parking sites listed above within easy walking distance of the Cathedral Festival Grounds.

Advance Ride Tickets

Advance ride tickets are on sale now! Advance ride tickets let you enjoy more rides for your money. Advance tickets are $13/sheet of 20; at the festival, tickets are $20/sheet of 20. Most rides take 4 to 6 tickets. Tickets are available at the Cathedral Basilica rectory or the CPS office. You may also contact the school, 904.824.2861, Monday – Friday 8 am – 2 pm, or a CPS family for more information.

Live entertainment schedule for 2015


5:00 – 5:30 pm
5:45 – 7:00 pm
7:30 – Close
Saturday February 28th, 2015
Noon – 2:00 pm
2:30 – 4:00 pm
4:00 – 5:00 pm
5:00 – 7:30 pm
8:00 – close
Sunday March 1st, 2015
Noon – 12:45 pm
1:15 – 3:15 pm
3:45 – 5:30 pm
6:00 – Close

Entertainment & Activities Schedule



5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
5:00 pm
Festival Hours for Friday
Live Entertainment starts
Saturday February 28th, 2015
Noon – 10:30 pm
5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
9:00 pm
Festival Hours for Saturday
Live Entertainment starts
Fireworks (Rain date – Sunday)
Sunday MARCH 1ST, 2015
Noon – 9:00 pm
Noon – 5:00 pm
Noon – 8:00 pm
5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
6:00 pm
Festival Hours for Sunday
Live Entertainment starts
Silent Auction – Tables close at 3 pm and 5 pm
Shrimp Dinner (’til 8 pm or sold out)


Silent Auction

The annual silent auction takes place Sunday March 1ST, 2015. Come and bid on a variety of prizes ranging from gift baskets and gift certificates to sports events, artwork, professional services, and so much more. The silent auction runs from noon to 5:00 pm, with the tables closing at 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

To make a donation to the silent auction, contact the Cathedral Parish Early Education Center at 904.829.2933. We welcome support from both individuals and businesses.

Super Raffle

Get your super raffle tickets from any Cathedral Parish School family, or call the school, 904.824.2861, or parish office, 904.824.2806. Tickets are on sale now! Donation: $3 per ticket, 2 for $5, 10 for $20.

Prizes TBA for 2015

Participants must be legal US residents & 18 years of age or older.

*Does not include tax, tag, title, or any other fees
**IRS withholding will be deducted where applicable


Knights of Columbus BINGO plays all weekend.

All the BINGO games are played: straight, diagonal, letter “X,” 4 corners, letter “T,” large picture frame, small picture frame, postage stamp, and 3 layer cake to name a few ! Cash jackpots are 50/50 split or special prizes!

The BINGO tent is located on the Cathedral Festival Grounds by the Prince Of Peace Church on the East side by the parking lot.


Fireworks go off Saturday night at 9 p.m. (Rain Date is Sunday Night)

Shrimp Dinner

Our famous fried shrimp dinner takes place Sunday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. or until sold out. Advanced tickets are $8.00 and on-site tickets are $10.00.

Dinner includes jumbo fried shrimp, hush puppies, beans, and Cole slaw.

Food & Beverages

We have a little bit of everything. Come hungry!

Pizza slices, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, sausage & peppers, French fries, onion rings, corn on cob, wings, cotton candy, snow cones, popcorn, baked goods, ice cream, funnel cakes. Shrimp dinner Sunday afternoon. By popular demand, chili and chowder return to the menu this year.

Drinks, featuring Coca-Cola products, beer & wine (we ID – please drink responsibly).



Rides for all ages

Same as festival hours.

For more info

Local Fare Farm Bag South Delivers Farm Fresh Vegetables To Your Door

If you have ever said to yourself,  “I need to eat more fresh  fruit & vegetables,”  now’s your chance to make good on it.

Now, there’s no more excuses!  You can have local farm fresh seasonal vegetables, fruit, herbs, eggs,  fresh baked bread and cheese delivered to your door once a week by a fabulous company called Local Fare Farm Bag South. The delivery areas are divided by North and South. North is owned by South’s sister company.


North services the following areas:

Jacksonville, St Johns, Ponte Vedra, Nocatee, Orange Park, Fleming Island, Middleburg,Green Cove Springs, Jacksonville Beach, Neptune Beach, and Atlantic Beach, Florida.

South services:

World Golf Village, Palencia, Vilano, St Augustine, Palm Coast, Flagler Beach, Ormond by the Sea and Elkton, FL

Farm Fresh Organic Eggs


I live in St. Augustine, so my review is of Local Fare Farm Bag South.

I had recently signed up for this service and I was so excited about it I had to find out more. It is owned by two partners, Bryant Loeffler & Laura Gay. They’ve been in business approximately 3 years. I spoke to Bryant at length about the business and decided I wanted to share this information with others who care about their health and the health of their family.

He stressed to me the importance of knowing where your food is coming from. They visit the farms that they source from regularly, so they are confident that your produce and eggs are organic. Fruits and vegetables you are buying from them are delivered within 24 to 48 hours of harvest time. Farm fresh organic eggs are delivered within one week. Not only will your delivery be at the peak of freshness and quality, it will be at the height of its nutritional profile too.


Local Fare South works with farmers who  use only certified non-GMO seeds and organic methods for farming. Eating seasonal fruits and vegetables is one of the healthiest things you can do for your body. The nutrients in these vegetables are what your body needs at that particular time of the year. For instance, watermelon and tomatoes are loaded with lycopene. Lycopene helps protect your skin from the sun.

They have something for everybody. For small families, sign up for a small bag that feeds two to three people. They have small, medium and large bags available. You can sign up for the service weekly or bi-weekly.  Don’t worry if you’re not  home on delivery day.  All you need to do is leave a cooler on your porch with a few ice packs and it and they will do the rest. The bag changes

Sweet Ruby Red Grapefruit

every week, so it’s always a big surprise to see what you’re getting.

It’s so easy to do. Just visit the website and select your location. It will bring you to a shopping cart, where you can decide what size bag you would like  and if you would like it delivered weekly or bi-weekly. From there you can choose add-ons such as organic eggs, artesian cheeses, honey, specialty sea salts, or extra fresh baked bread.

I added a dozen organic eggs to my order. They come from Cow Creek Farms located in Edgewater FL. The hens are fed an all natural feed, organic fresh greens, organic carrots and organic flax seed. This makes the eggs very high in Omega 3’s and vitamins. The hens live in a cage free environment. They may be the best eggs I have ever tasted. Crack one open and you too will be able to see the freshness for yourself.


Every week, they include a loaf of fresh baked bread in your Farm bag. It’s baked the morning of delivery. My husband and I couldn’t wait to tear off a corner and give it a try. It’s fabulous! This particular week it was French Pantry’s “SQUAW BREAD.” It’s made with whole wheat flour, brown sugar, molasses, honey, yeast, salt, water, malt, oats, eight grain flour, including seeds and nuts. YUMMY!

I ordered the small bag to be delivered weekly.  The cost is $27.00 plus $4.50 for the organic eggs. This week’s bag consisted of a huge bunch  of  beautiful collard greens, a bunch of cilantro, colorful carrots, sweet onions,

Fresh Baked Bread

deliciously sweet and juicy Ruby red grapefruits, Romanesco Cauliflower, daikon radishes and brussels sprouts on the stem. Fresh baked squaw bread came with the bag and I also added the eggs. All of the pictures shown  here are  from my bag.

If you don’t eat carbs or go gluten-free, “no worries.” You can substitute for your favorite fruit or vegetable that will be in that week’s bag. If you ever need to substitute a fruit, vegetable, or your bread you can shoot them an email on Sunday night and they will make sure they customize the bag for you. Each Saturday, you are sent an email notification reminding you of this weeks’ delivery. At this point you can add anything you’d like to your delivery and check the newsletter under the recipe section to see what fruit and vegetables you will be receiving.  The newsletter has recipes and cooking tips for this week’s bag. They also have a library of recipes on their website and cooking videos on their Facebook page. This is what  the newsletter from my first week looked like.


We love this service. The produce is seasonal, fresh and healthy. They offer great service and organic produce at a reasonable price. It’s a fantastic way to try new vegetables and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It’s a way to support your local farmers and organic, non-GMO farming practices. The best part is, they bring it  to you with no delivery fee. So now you have no excuses not to eat your vegetables.









The St Augustine Distillery Will Raise Your Spirits the Old Fashioned Way

When you drive by the old Ice Plant building on Riberia Street in Saint Augustine, Florida, one phrase comes to mind, “you’ve come a long way baby.”

Not only does it house The Ice Plant Bar, it is now the home of the St. Augustine Distillery Company. Inside this incredible building with its rich history, they are now crafting fabulous artisanal liquors.  It is the first craft distillery in Northeast Florida. Read More→

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival fund raiser concert – An Evening with Acoustic Eidelon”

Gamble Rogers Folk Festival fund raiser concert “An Evening with Acoustic Eidelon”

 February 25th this amazing duo will fill you ears and hearts and minds with stunning music. The event will take place at the St. Augustine Art Association (22 Marine Street) in beautiful downtown St. Augustine. Doors open at 6 PM and music at 7.

Refreshments will be available. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets can be purchased locally at the Art Association, at Music Matters (312 plaza), at Simple Gestures (4 White Street) and at The Bead Chic on San Marco Blvd. Tickets can also be purchased on line at or by calling Paul at 904 794 4163. Please come out for a musical experience you are not likely to forget and to support the ongoing mission of the Gamble Rogers Folk Festival Inc.

St Augustine Classical Music Festival Information and Schedule

home-slider-left1The  Eighth Annual St. Augustine Music Festival

This incredible classical music series of concerts is held in the beautiful Cathedral Basilica Church. This festival has some of the most talented musicians performing from around the globe.



Don’t miss your chance to see and hear the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra joined by internationally renowned artists presenting a variety of classical compositions.

The concerts take place over  two consecutive weekends, June 19-21 and June 26-28, 2014.

All concerts are free and start at 7:30 p.m. in the St. Augustine Cathedral Basilica. No tickets are required.



Week I

June 19 “Opening Night” SAMF Chamber Orchestra, Andrés Cárdenes; violin solo Antonio Vivaldi Violin Concertos from La Stravaganza • Concerto in e minor, Op. 4, No. 2 • Concerto in g minor, Op. 4, No. 6 • Concerto in D Major, Op. 4, No. 11 • Concerto in G Major, Op. 4, No. 12

Felix Mendelssohn • String Symphony No. 8 in D Major

June 20 “Summer Music” Stephen Robinson, Guitar Les Roettges, Flute Boyd Jones, Organ/Harpsichord

• Guitar Quintet No. 4 in D major, G. 448 Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) • Grave assai: Fandango for guitar and harpsichord • Sonata “La Vibray” Op.2 Nr.2 for Flute and harpsichord Michel Blavet  (1700-1768) • Canonnade for solo harpsichord Claude Balbastre (1724-1799) • I Tempermenti Sonata for guitar and harpsichord Jürg Kindle (b.1960) • Imagine for solo guitar John Lennon (1940-1980) • God is Our Righteousness for guitar and organ Chris DeBlasio (1959-1993) • Elegie – Le Follet for solo flute Francois Donjon (1830-?) • Histoire du Tango for guitar and flute Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) • Bangerang! For guitar and harpsichord Marek Pasieczny (b.1980)

June 21 “Grace and Beauty” Diaz Trio/Pena Trio Ludwig van Beethoven • String Trio in C Minor, Op. 9, No. 3

Johannes Brahms • String Sextet No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 18

Week II

June 26 “Discovery” Louis Spohr • Double String Quartet No. 3 in E minor, Op. 87

Quartet I Quartet II Aurica Duca, Violin Jorge Avila, Violin Clinton Dewing, Violin Antonio Rincon, Violin Jorge Pena, Viola Colin Kiely, Viola Jin Pena, Cello Moisés Molina, Cello

Heinrich von Herzogenberg • Horn Trio in D Major, Op. 61 Eric Olson, Oboe Debra Sherrill-Ward, Horn Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Piano

Camille Saint-Saëns • Septet for Trumpet, two Violins, Viola, Cello, Bass and Piano Op.65 Julian Kaplan, Trumpet Jorge Avila, Violin I Aurica Duca, Violin II Jorge Pena, Viola Jin Pena, Cello Patrick Bilanchone, Bass Eugenio Urrutia-Borlando, Piano

June 27 “Piano Spectacular” Eugenio Urrutia–Borlando; Piano Johann Sebastian Bach • Goldberg Variations

June 28 “Mozart and More Mozart” SAMF Chamber Orchestra, Elisa Koljonen; violin solo • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Violin Concerto No. 4 in D Major, K. 218 • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A, K. 201


Foe more information or to watch the concerts streamed live, visit their website.


Saigon Pho Bistro is Serving Up Delicious Vietnamese Food in St Augustine FL

Do you love Vietnamese food? The Locals’ Guide does for sure. St. Augustine has a brand-new restaurant in town serving up delicious Vietnamese food at a great price point. The owners are friendly, wonderful people who want to please you with their delicious authentic Vietnamese cuisine. If you like something a certain way, just ask!

They have classic appetizers such as eggrolls, vegetarian spring rolls, tofu spring rolls and shrimp spring rolls for $3.99. Their entrées include salads, such as chicken papaya salad or shrimp papaya salad for $6.59.


They serve up authentic  Vietnamese Pho soups. They are prepared with vermicelli noodles, mint, basil, cilantro, bean sprouts, green onion and a side of Asian sauces. You can choose beef, chicken, shrimp, tofu, or tripe for $6.99 – $7.99 – It’s a huge meal. It’s served with fresh herbs, sauce, and peppers, so you can flavor it to your liking. We had the beef noodle. We added some Thai basil and hot pepper to it and it was fantastic.

Speaking of fantastic, I had their famous dry noodle bowl. Mine came with beef, lettuce, shredded carrots and rice noodles with a delicious fish sauce on the side. I was in heaven. I love the clean flavors of this dish. This is a “local’  favorite and my favorite too. I can’t wait to have this again. $7.99

They also serve up fried or white rice plates served with chicken, pork, beef, fish, or shrimp. We saw a few of them come from the kitchen and they look delicious. $6.99- $7.99

Another local favorite is their  Vietnamese “Banh Mi” Subs. They come in grilled chicken, grilled pork, grilled beef or of Vietnamese Cha Sub. They come with cucumber, carrot cilantro, green onion, crushed peanut, may have an pepper. $5.99

The prices on beer and wine are fantastic too. $2.75 for domestic and $2.95 for imports. Daft beer is a mere $1.95!

Not only do they serve up authentic Vietnamese food,  they also serve some American food  including breakfast served all day. You can choose from French toast, pancakes, bagel and cream cheese, egg and bacon muffin, breakfast burritos, omelets and a variety of other choices priced in the range of $3.99 to $7.99.

If you are looking to grab an American-style lunch or dinner you can choose from one of their delicious salads, hamburgers and cheeseburgers and Atlantic fish wrap, a northern shrimp wrap or a California pork wrap. All priced between $6.00 – $7.00

The bistro is casual and inviting and the owners are so friendly and nice. It seems to be a locals favorite already by the amount of takeout orders being picked up the day I was having dinner. So go check them out and tell them  “The Locals’ Guide” sent you.

They are closed on Sunday.

Monday they are open from 10:30 AM to 2:30 PM

Tuesday through Saturday. They are open 10:30 AM until 8 PM

Saigon Pho Bistro

1935 A1A South – Anastasia Square, on the island at the 312 intersection in the same Plaza as the World Gym. They are at the end on the right.

St Augustine, FL


Candlelight South is a New Restaurant Serving Great Food at Reasonable Prices- St Augustine FL

Attention Locals, there is a new spot in town to grab a bite & a beer. Candlelight South has just opened on the South side of the Bridge of Lions in the old Sea Fair location. It has been given a complete facelift and is ready to become a “locals favorite.” They are serving up some fantastic food at great price points. Read More→

Island Mama Java is a New Kid Friendly Coffee Shop in St Augustine FL

Sorry folks they have closed.

Got kids? We’ve found the perfect place to take them. Island Mama Java! The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine predicts they will be wildly successful and “local approved” in no time flat!


I personally will vouch for the cappuccino, it’s delicious and made perfectly. I took mine with a sprinkle of cinnamon on top.  Island Mama Java is just what St. Augustine needed. It’s perfect for children, moms, dads and grandma & grandpa too. Their “stay and play concept” seems to be very popular with the children. The day I visited they were all having a great time with big smiles on their faces. It’s a great spot to enjoy a cup of joe while your child gets to play with some fun toys and other kids.



It’s a coffeehouse and a café. All of their coffee and espresso is organic and they use local roasters, such as Sweetwater in Gainesville, Florida, and Martin in Jacksonville, Florida. They have a variety of other drinks to choose from including smoothies that look delicious. They serve breakfast and lunch and each day they have a different combination to put in your lunchbox. A breakfast box goes for $6.50 and a lunchbox goes for $8.00. You can get an adorable kids’ box that includes your choice of a grilled cheese sandwich, a peanut butter and jelly, or ham and cheese. They arrange it  into a cute little snail with marshmallow antennas for $5.00

They really cater to kids age 6 and under. The great thing about this place is you can bring yourself and your child and meet new people, or come with a friend for a play date. They have several different play areas set up with a variety of unique and fun toys and an indoor Cedar playground. They have an outdoor deck , so you can sit outside on beautiful days and visit with a friend.



It is owned and operated by Sommer Escamilla & Morgan Robinson. They seem to be really great people with the best of  intentions in mind. They are putting together some great programs and classes. Nicole from Anastasia Libraries outreach program is doing a free storytelling session on Monday, Tuesday & Thursday at 9:15 AM. They have also started a very successful program called music makers. It’s a music and movement class for babies and toddlers, taught by a well-known local musician. Here your child has an opportunity to play instruments and dance along to the music. This has a class fee of $10.00. They have recently started a baby sign language class. This class takes place on Thursdays from 3:30 to 4:30 and has a fee of $10 per class. They are also starting a book club which I think is a fantastic idea. These meetings will be for adults only and will be a great place to meet new friends.

Island Mama Java is also a great venue to have a party. They will host birthday parties on Saturday and Sunday from 2 to 4pm. The space can be rented for $100 or $150 if you would like the café open for coffee and food. They can also do some catering for you. It’s a great spot to have a baby shower where children can attend, or any other private event that’s kid friendly.

So let’s wrap it up. Island Mama Java has delicious organic coffee, espresso and cappuccino. They serve healthy food with lots of organic ingredients and even some gluten-free breads. They do yummy smoothies and have fabulous organic fruit drinks. They have wonderful baked goods for breakfast and very creative and healthy sandwich boxes for lunch. They cater to children and went all out on the selection of toys they have to keep them entertained. This place is going to be a hit, I just know it.

St. Augustine needed another kid friendly place. Go check them out and tell them the Locals’ Guide sent you. And FYI, they have a BOGO on the back of the Winn-Dixie receipts. That’s your local tip of the day.

Mon – Fri: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 7:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Located across the street from the Oasis Restaurant on the Island
  • 4085 South A1A
  • Saint Augustine Beach, Florida 32080
  • 904-679-5266

You can find their class schedule on their Facebook page, so be sure to like it.


El Galeon and the Nao Victoria are Must Seas While visiting St Augustine FL – Tallships

As if Saint Augustine’s Bay front wasn’t beautiful enough, now these two magnificent  ships have sailed in and made it spectacular. This opportunity is as rare as two ships passing in the night. If you haven’t checked them out, you still have time to “SEAS” the day. Read More→

DOS Coffee & Wine in St Augustine FL is Much More Than Just a Coffee Shop

We like to keep you informed on what’s new in town & what’s hot. DOS Coffee is HOT & it will PERK you right up!  Saint Augustine has a wonderful new addition, DOS Coffee & Wine Bar on the North end of San Marco Ave.

What do we love about them?  The coffee first and foremost is fabulous. They are serving up CONVIVE coffee that’s roasted daily in-house. Read More→

New Years Eve in Saint Augustine Fl – 2013 – 2014

Looking for something to do for New Years Eve in Saint Augustine Florida?  The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine’s number one pick is always the fireworks at the beach. This year they have expanded the festivities and activities to two days of fun. Don’t worry about parking since  they have shuttles running constantly. After the fireworks stay for the dancing. They have some really great bands to dance to this year. After the event you have plenty of time to get to your next destination to ring in the New Year. Read More→

The New Drive Through Holiday Light Display in Jacksonville FL is a Real Kid Pleaser



If you are in the Jacksonville area, be sure to check out the new  drive through holiday lights display. It takes place at the Morocco Shrine Center nightly from November 25th, 2014 – January 5, 2015.






Jax Illuminations has created a wonderful opportunity for families to create a fun new holiday tradition. Load up the car with kids, friends and hot cocoa  and take a drive through this festive light display. Tune the car radio to the Jax Illumination radio station and get into the holiday spirit. You will weave in and out of 500,00 twinkling, dancing lights choreographed to holiday music. On my recent visit I was amazed at how perfectly timed this display was with the music. They did an outstanding job synchronizing the lights and holiday music. The lights shine brilliantly against the night sky as they sparkle and  flash in perfect harmony. Kids will love seeing Santa’s Sleigh all lit up in dazzling lights …  not to mention the 30 foot  Christmas tree.

Admission to the display is only $20 per carload during the week and $25 on weekends. Be sure to like them on Facebook  or follow them on twitter as they are running specials on certain nights. A percentage of the proceeds will benefit a number of local charities in the Jacksonville area.



This year Jax Illuminations is also running two contests for the kids. Check their website for more information and contest rules. “Name Next Year’s Light Show” – the winner will receive a brand new bicycle and “Design a Display” – winners will be able to help Jax Illuminations with the special design of their creation to be on display in the show next year.

The Morocco Shrine Center is located at 3800 St. Johns Bluff Road S.

Hours are from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm nightly

For more information: Call 904-316-5673






South Beach Grill- Beautiful Beachfront Views


We’ve got a place for you, the South Beach Grill is located at Crescent Beach out on the island. It is one of the few true beachfront restaurants in Saint Augustine – A two-story building overlooking the Atlantic Ocean with breathtaking views of the dunes, sea oats and the surf. It has a spot for your kids to play in the sand with pails and shovels, while you dine overlooking the water .

Kid friendly and “St Augustine local” approved.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner – the food here is consistently good. Read More→

Santa’s Top 10 Toys List – Shopping for Toys in St Augustine FL

The Local’s Guide asked Santa what his top 10 favorite toys were this year and he gave us this great list. He also asked us to let everyone know about Olde Towne Toys in Saint Augustine, FL. Santa loves Olde Town Toys so much he even has a mailbox there so kids can be sure their letters get to him in time for Christmas.

Santa will be there on December 21st, 2013  from 12 – 2:00 p.m.






Santa’s 2013 Favorite Toys List:

Simon – Ages  8-99











Rainbow Loom – Ages 6-99







Mini Gliders Balance Bikes – Ages  18 months- 10 yrs












Stuffies – Ages  3-99

Sing along Mic –  Ages  3-99















Rody’s – Ages 3+











Quadrilla – Ages  4-99
















Water Dancing Speakers –  Ages 6-99












Sumo Bumper Boppers –  Ages 4+











Mobo Cruisers –  Ages 18 mo- 14










Explorer Go Cart by Y bike – Ages  5-11                   











All of these great toys can be found at Olde Towne Toys in Historic Saint Augustine. The Locals’ Guide and Santa love this store. They sell a wide variety of fun, unique, educational and hard to find toys at reasonable prices. They even have a play area there too.

Go check them out. If you are buying a gift,  just tell them the age of the child and they will guide you into the right toy. They even do gift wrapping.

They are located on King street and they have plenty of free parking.  Tell them Santa sent you.

Olde Towne Toys

Address: 113 King St.  St. Augustine, Fl. 32084

Phone: (904) 814-8710

Hours: Mon – Thurs 10-6   Fri-Sat: 10-8    |   Sun: 11-4


Unique Gifts and Where to Find Them -Shopping in St Augustine FL

The Locals’ Guide loves shopping local!  Saint Augustine has some of the best places to shop for unique and one of a kind gifts.

If you are shopping for men, women or kids, you don’t have to fight the crowds at the malls, we have it all here.




Here is a list of some of Santa’s favorite spots & some great gift ideas:



Cigar Ash Tray -$22.00 or $35.00 with Three Cigars

Girlfriend Clutch $39.00 The Bangle Bracelet Makes it Hands Free. Variety of Colors.


The gifts above are available at Retail Therapy out on the Island at  1017 A1A Beach Blvd. in the Publix Plaza. They have clothing,  jewelry, shoes & gifts.


Lifetime Paraffin Oil Candles. $32.00- $265.00


Chillsner – $30.00 for Two. Drink Through Beer Chiller.


Exotic Sands. Beautiful Ever Changing Sand Art. $90.00

These gifts are available at

 Tre Sebastian just over the Bridge of Lions headed South. They have the most beautiful gifts here for everyone on your list. They  have a few cool gifts  for guys including the Grand Band Money Band. A classy replacement for the rubber band around his cash. They start at $40.00 for stainless steal and go up to $200.00 for Sterling Silver.  304 Anastasia Blvd, St Augustine, FL 

 (904) 824-0095







The perfect Bottle

Tim’s Wine Market on the Island are experts in picking out the perfect bottle. Here are three great options. From a Hostess gift to a gift for your best friend, you’ll find it here.      128 Sea Grove Main St, St Augustine, FL
(904) 461-0059

 Lone Birch Chardonnay Yakima Valley Washington $14.  Crisp, dry and refreshing with vibrant acidity, a round mouth feel, and flavors of zesty citrus fruit with lingering nuances of apple and pear.


The Auctor, California $19.  Red blend of 35% Barbera, 18% Grenache, 17% Counoise, 14% Mourvedre, 9% Zinfandel, and 7% Tempranillo.  A nose of blueberry, raspberry and black currant jam oozes out the glass, made complex with hints of sage, white tea, dark leaf tobacco and dark chocolate.  In the mouth this wine shows a big pop of up-front fruit, then settles down into a smooth, soft glass of wine.

Pierre Moncuit Grower Champagne  France $59.  Known for steely elegance and minerality.


Teak Cutting Board $49.00


Hand Carved, Hand Painted Jointed Animals



 Coastal Traders  –  56A San Marco Ave.

This store has unique gifts imported from Indonesia. They also have beautiful furniture.

We love the Jointed Animals, so cool.




Jointed Animals- $12.00-$35.00









For the creative one you love you can get a cute ceramic gift certificate at Puddy Mud in Davis Shores. There you can paint on a variety of beautiful ceramic pieces and create your own masterpiece. Another great idea is to bring in a special occasion bottle and have it melted into a cheese tray. 852 Anastasia Blvd. 904-810-5603

Ceramic Pieces to paint









Spanish Dutch Convoy is a great place to go for gorgeous bags and stocking stuffers too. We love the quality of   the bags here. 58A  San Marco Ave. 904-808-8538  They have great Stocking Stuffers, wallets, coin purses, hair clips candles and more.

Coin Purses $14.95



Big Brahmin Tote, $292.00- Hobo Mocha Bag, 222.60










These gifts are from dhd Home.  We love the pad of paper placemats.  The candles smell divine in scents such as Balsam & Cedar and Citron & Basil. The Bla Bla Dolls are the cuddliest creatures we’ve seen this year. They even have something for the dog!

56 San Marco Ave.  904-547-2884


Plate de Jour- 50 Placemats for $25.00



Bla Bla Dolls Made in Peru

Bla Bla Dolls $23.00 – 60.00









Drum Man Charters – Saint Augustine, FL

If you have a special someone in your life who loves to fish, we recommend a gift certificate for a fishing trip with Drum Man Charters. We think Capt. James is the best around.

  You can reach them at  904-687-9498          

  We asked Capt. James for some great fishing related gifts and here is what he had to say:

Drum Man Charters wrote: ” A great stocking stuffer is my favorite soft plastic lure. Z-Man bait and they are sold at Avid Angler and West Marine. Gamakatsu hooks are also a great stocking stuffer. Most bait shops will carry them. I like Strike Zone in Jacksonville for just about everything . They have TBS jigs, Some great fishing reels. They carry my favorite fishing line, Spiderwire Invisibraid. It will increase your casting abilities greatly. If you are looking to buy somebody the ultimate Christmas gift, try out the Dragonfly Paddle Boards. Strike Zone also will have those in stock. If you have a fly fisherman that was good this year there is a shop in town called Saltwater Flytyers. They have everything that is needed to tie up any fly that we use in our area. Blackfly up in Jacksonville will carry all of the fly tackle. I love using my temple fork outfitters BVK rod and reel. And the best gift of all would be a gift certificate from Drum Man Charters. Whether they are young or old you will definitely receive a smile. Have a great Christmas.”

Plastic Lure – Z Man Bait







Know somebody who needs to relax? Give them the gift of health. Pick up a gift certificate for a massage by Kathleen Tanner. You can find her and her magic hands at Mon Petit Chou Spa & Salon out at the beach. We highly recommend her. She is the only one who can do deep tissue and have me relaxed at the same time. 1829 Old Beach Road, St Augustine 386-546-3102







Isabela’s Fine Cigars has some great gifts to be had. You can get some mighty fine cigars there ranging in price from $9.95 – $32.95. Check out these other great gifts too.You can find them in the historic district at 19 Cuna Street. 904-824-3053

Pot Lighter $49.95


Waterproof & Windproof Lighter – $19.95


The Starving Artist has original & affordable art from over 50 different artists. You can find them at 28 Cuna Street in historic downtown. Check out some of these gift ideas. 

Twisted Sister Jewelry – $12.00 – 95.00

Jan Berlepsch. Pulled Wool Dolls



Tom Walters Wind Chimes



How about a great swing from Country Cottage. We love these swings for a bedroom or porch. So comfortable too. You can get them in a variety of patterns. They have great flags here too. You can find them on St. George Street. They are number 7o














All of these stores are local approved. We hope we have given you some new spots to find that perfect gift. We want you to relax and enjoy all that St Augustine and it’s spectacular Christmas lights has to offer. If you are shopping for toys, check out Santa’s Top 10 list here.

Centro Restaurant & Piano Bar – A New Steakhouse Opening in St Augustine FL

We are very excited about the newest addition to Saint Augustine’s Restaurant Scene.

Centro Restaurant & Piano Bar is now open.

Centro Restaurant and Piano Bar will really round out the restaurant choices here in town.  We have needed a great steakhouse for a very long time. Centro is located in the heart of the historic district at the corner of King and Aviles Streets in St. Augustine FL

Centro will be serving lunch and dinner.  A quick peek at the dinner menu revealed that they will be serving Midwestern corn fed black angus beef, aged four to six weeks with a variety of signature sauces.  The menu had our favorite cuts on it. New York Strip $28.00, Filet Mignon $32.00, Rib eye Steak $32.00 and a Braised Lamb Shank entrée that looked fabulous! They will be serving a variety of other meat dishes as well, if beef is not your thing.

I love the interior. It has some beautiful stonework and a large bar area to provide a great spot to socialize while you are waiting for a table or to grab a bite to eat.

We stopped in during the Nights of Lights ceremony for a few beers. The service was first class and the piano player was extremely talented.

They are serving beer and wine at this point. I believe they have to wait 90 days for the liquor license.

We will keep you posted on reviews of the food and other updates.

We are really looking forward to reviewing these steaks.



Flagler Creates – 4th Annual Handmade Festival – November 23rd – 2013

Flagler Creates! 4th Annual Handmade Festival. 

Saturday, November 23rd 2013

11am – 4pm

In the Flagler College Ringhaver Student Center (corner of King St and Sevilla St).

Sevilla Street will also be closed for St Augustine’s 1st ever Block Party (block printing press party— free prints will be made all day and giant prints will be pressed with a steam roller!  It’s a great time and the public is welcome.  There is no charge.  The festival will have handmade crafts and arts, food, exibitions, demonstrations, and performances.

48th Annual Saint Augustine Art & Craft Festival November 30th – December 1st 2013

















A Thanksgiving tradition in the nation’s oldest city, this popular outdoor art fair draws the finest artists and craftsmen from across the region. Live music, children’s activities, art demos, food trucks and libations combine to create a memorable start to the holiday shopping season.

This festival is a “Locals Favorite.” It’s a great place to find the most beautiful and unique Christmas gifts. They also have artist talks and demonstrations going on throughout the day.

Saturday, Nov 30, 10am-5pm

Sunday Dec 1, 10am-4pm
 $1 gate donation
  Francis Field, St. Augustine


Information and online artist application at

Late Fall Fishing Report for St Augustine, FL


There is a chill in the air. It must be November. The fish are starting their transition from eating mullet to switching to crab and shrimp. The beginning of November will have the last of the mullet run. It started with the finger mullet in October and by the middle of November the last of the big roe mullet will be heading south for the winter. The water temperature is in the high 60s. It will be dropping in the next few months with every passing cold front.




With the drop in temperatures the fish have started to move around. The winter species such as Blackdrum and Sheephead have started to show up in the creeks. Fish the deeper holes in the creeks or around structure or docks. Use a fiddler crab or a shrimp on a jig-head or fish finder rig to tempt these fish. Don’t be surprised if a nice redfish finds your bait as they will also be in the same locations.

Another species that prefers cooler water is the spotted sea trout. These fish love the water temperature in the 60s. Look for these fish along the deeper drops of the ICW or the holes around oyster beds in the creeks. I prefer using artificial lures to target trout. My favorite set up is a Z-Man paddlerz soft plastic on a 1/4 ounce jig-head. I also downsize my tackle in the winter time. I rig my reels with 10 pound Spiderwire and use 15 pound fluorocarbon leaders.

The last two years we have had mild winters and the water has only dropped into the mid-50s. These higher temperatures have helped our local snook population rebound. In the last few months there have been a decent number of reported Snook catches in our area. I have not heard of any keeper size Snook but many are in the lower 20s”. If we have another mild winter expect to have a good summer next year for these exciting game fish.
With all of these species the key is to fish your bait slowly. A fish’s metabolism slows with the cooler water so it takes them a while to eat your bait. Wait until your line comes tight before you set the hook.

This is a great time of year to get out on the water. Try to fish the days between the cold fronts, if possible. The fish are extremely hungry and the waterways are a lot less crowded this time of year. Put on a jacket and hat and enjoy our natural coastal environment. An added feature this time of year is enjoying the Nights of Lights from the Intracoastal. You will get a whole different view from the water.

Until next report, tight lines.
Capt. James

Contributed by Capt. James Dumas

Inshore flats fishing – Drum Man Charters-


Best Pizza in Historic Downtown

It’s Pizza Time Baby!-

If I have to get a pizza downtown, Pizza Time is the place I go. Located on St. George Street in historic downtown is a gem of a pizzeria. I remember several years ago peeking my head in the door, shouting to the owner, “do you make a good Cannoli?” “THE BEST,”  he hollered back at me. I told him I was half Italian and I expected my cannoli to be traditional. His exact words were, “you won’t be disappointed,” and I wasn’t!


  I have been going there ever since, for their thin crust, New York style pizza and their delicious authentic, Cannoli. They also do a Sicilian crust, however I have not tried it. It’s a great place to grab a quick slice or a whole pie. “Mangia! Mangia!”

“Know What The Locals Know”

124 St George St,

Saint Augustine, FL

(904) 819-0133


124 St George St  Saint  Augustine, FL 32084 -(904) 819-0133

A Food Tour is a Great Way to Try Some of Saint Augustine’s Restaurants

St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours is one of the tour companies we recommend the most. They never cease to amaze  and they always surprise me by bringing me somewhere I have never been before. I recently went on their food tour and once again I was pleasantly surprised.

I absolutely loved this Tour!!!!

Why did I love it you ask?  Well, first of all, there’s the food.  Who doesn’t love food?  Next, there was my tour guide Mia. Mia is an extremely knowledgeable tour guide in St. Augustine, but what I love about her is that she can make anyone feel like you’ve known her forever. Read More→

Ripley’s Red Train is a Fun Way to See the Nights of Lights in St Augustine


The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine may be compensated through the links in the post below, but the opinions are our own.

Ripley’s Red Trains Nights of Lights Tours

Get your tickets early! Click here to buy.

Looking to get into the holiday spirit? The Ripley’s Red Train is a great way to do just that. They offer tours every night of the week. We recently took the ride and had such a great time on board! The Red Train is a fantastic way to see St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights. The ride is complete with Christmas carols, a bit of history, candy canes and best of all your magic glasses! Read More→

Pet Friendly Attractions & Things to Do in St Augustine FL


I’m Marley Burke, The Local’s Guide’s “Local Dog.”  Some days I just get tired of  going for a boring old walk or another day of fishing.

There are lots of fun things for me to do in Saint Augustine, FL. On the days I feel like drifting at sea, I go for a ride on the Scenic Cruise. (Read Review). You can purchase beer & wine on board but I lean toward a bottle of water and some goldfish crackers for treats. It is a lovely, relaxing, narrated scenic cruise around the bay area. You have to keep your leash on and they only allow well behaved dogs, so no barking on board. I don’t mind, I have plenty of time to bark at the dog across the street.

I have seen some other dogs kayaking and one on a Hobie Cat at Anastasia Water Sports (Read Review) it looks like a lot of fun but I haven’t  tried it.  The beach is my favorite place. Dogs are allowed on almost all beaches on a leash except for Anastasia State Park.  (Beach Info)




If you like history, a great spot to walk around is the Colonial Quarter on St. George Street. They have a lot of reenactments and demonstrations there.

I like to go to the Fountain of Youth and check out the peacocks. They actually beg for peanuts. What self respecting dog would beg for a tiny peanut? They seem to get a lot of folks to feed them though. The grounds are beautiful to walk around and kids love it too.  I drank the water and people still say I look like a puppy. I’m really 8 years old.  I believe it really works. (Read about The Fountain of Youth here)

If you like music, the summer concerts at the Plaza and Pier are pet friendly. Bring a picnic a chair and some doggie treats.

Some days I tag along for a wine tasting at San Sebastian Winery. People love the local wine here. It is a very popular attraction. You can’t be really big though. I saw a Great Dane get asked to leave once but he may have had one too many.

If you love the water (it must be the Lab in me)  and nature like I do, check out St. Augustine Eco Tours. Join the Captain  for a professionally guided 2-hour sailing excursion in the estuary. You’ll board the ultra stable 27-foot Stiletto catamaran. You can see all kinds of wildlife on this adventure.  How about Dolphins? I love to watch the dolphins. I wish I could swim that fast. St. Augustine Eco Tours also has an educational Dolphin Tour. This trip takes place on a 6 passenger boat and  combines dolphin and bird watching with marine ecology, historic sights, and an amazing boat ride. A great way to spend a dog day afternoon.

A big day out on the water can make a dog really hungry. Check out our list of Pet Friendly Restaurants.

Marley’s words of wisdom:

If you’re a cat, stay home!

If you aren’t part Lab you may want to wear a life jacket. The current can be really strong here even for me.

Don’t swim in the Intracoastal.  The oysters are everywhere and will cut your paws.

Have your parents bring you some shade to the beach. Florida sun is too hot with no shade.

Nap often.

Most importantly, don’t drink the ocean water at the beach. Trust me.

I hope you enjoy your stay & all these fun things keep your tail waggin’.

Maybe I’ll see you at the beach.






2013 Veteran’s Day Memorial at Saint Augustine Beach will take place Monday- November 11- 2013 from 3-5pm.

Veteran’s Day Memorial at St. Augustine Beach

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, FL. – St. Augustine Beach City Manager   Max Royle announced the Memorial will be held at 2200 A1A South; St. Augustine Beach, FL   32080; behind the Beach Police Station.


The City of St. Augustine Beach would like to extend an   invitation to veterans, active military and families. The observance to honor  our veterans is open to the public and refreshments will be served. The   ceremony will be lead by City of St. Augustine Beach Vice Rich O’Brien, and   will include an honor guard, bagpipers, Veteran groups and special guest   speakers.


For more information contact Michael Cunningham at the City of   St. Augustine Beach City Hall,                                                     

2200 A1A South; St. Augustine Beach, Fl 32080

The Ice Plant Bar in St Augustine Is So Hot It Needs To Be Put On Ice – Review



The highly successful Ice Plant has been open for several months and have just released their new Fall/Winter Menu. Click the links to see the New Menus.


New Fall/Winter Menu         Late Night Happy Hour Menu





If you are looking for info on the St. Augustine Distillery click here.

Usually we don’t review a place until we’ve tried the food and drinks but this place is different. We had to review it now. Why? Because it’s that special. Every day we’re asked the question, “what do you know about the ice plant.  When are they opening?” With this much excitement from the community, I knew we needed to review it early. As of today, September 5, 2013, we have been told that they’re shooting for some time within the next week or two. We will keep you posted on the opening date.

We met with Patricia McLemore today, one of the owners of this very special landmark. As I sat down next to her at the beautiful vintage bar, I realized this was not just any bar and restaurant. This place was going to be an “experience” for anyone entering through the vintage doors.

The setting is in the old St. Augustine Ice Plant at 110 Riberia Street. It is a beautiful building that has undergone extensive renovation. The attention to detail to keep the vintage look and feel of this establishment is apparent from the minute you walk through the doors. After they gutted the old building, they painstakingly refurbished it with reclaimed metal, reclaimed wood and gorgeous reclaimed wood floors. The walls are work of art. The way they were finished leaves you feeling like you have been transported to the old ice plant in the early 1920’s. The attention to detail and refurbishing  carries through right down to the restrooms. Walking into the restroom is like stepping back in time. White subway tiles adorn the walls and floor and the  pull chain toilets remind you of times past. They even have a sink in the ladies room that goes back to the early 1920’s. They have thought of everything here, right down to the mosaic tile Ice Plant logo on the floor as you step through the vintage door.

We met the head bartender on our tour of the bar. His name is Zach and after speaking to him for a few moments, I realized he was a true Mixologist. He is a consummate professional,  He answered all of my questions with a friendly ease about him that made me want to belly up to that bar and order a drink immediately. That unfortunately will have to wait till another day. Opening day!

Zack explained to me all of the things that make their drinks unique. To start with, they make all of their own soda there.

Mule Cup

Freshly extracted Ginger becomes ginger ale. Freshly squeezed lemons and limes mixed with some homemade simple syrup and soda water are turned into a delicious concoction almost too good to be called soda. And last but not least, they make their own cola here too.

Every day starts out with juicing fresh grapefruits, lemons, limes and oranges for their delicious signature drinks. They even go as far

as to make their own grenadine here. It’s made with fresh pomegranate juice, cane sugar, and a bit of orange blossom water. All of these delicious fresh healthy ingredients will go into their signature artesian cocktails that are reminiscent of the early 1920s. Each of these drinks is an experience.

A few of the cocktails offered are the Florida Mule and the Brooklynite.

The Florida Mule is made with cane vodka (local from Florida), ginger syrup, fresh lime and soda water. It is served in a classic Mule cup.

The Brooklynite is made with Siesta Key Gold Rum (local from Florida), honey, fresh lime and Angostura (Bitters)

I will warn you, after looking over the drink menu, it will be very difficult to choose your first cocktail at the Ice Plant.

Now let’s talk about the ice! The Ice Plant is all about the ice. In keeping with the “spirit” of things,  they have decided to hand cut their ice for many of their cocktails. There are several different styles of ice  they will use in their cocktails –  pebbled, sphere, shaved, and long rock –  some of which are expertly hand cut. On the ground floor is a gorgeous kitchen decked out in stainless steel appliances, refrigerators and freezers. The kitchen hosts three different ice machines. Most bars only have your standard cube maker. The Ice Plant also has an icemaker that makes pellet ice as well as the bad boy of ice machines. They have a Clinebell Ice Machine! This workhorse of a machine makes 300 pound blocks of ice. It makes two blocks every two days. These giant blocks are then hand carved into sticks of different shapes and sizes to be married up with the cocktails. Ingenious I say! Finally my bourbon won’t be diluted due to the ice.

The Ice Plant will be open from 5 p.m.  until 2 a.m. The kitchen will remain open until 10 p.m. They will be serving dinner and will be known for fresh wholesome  healthy ingredients.

For example, they will be serving  ” The Ice Plant Burger”, which is made with grass fed beef from Georgia that is hand ground in-house. I love the sound of that. The burger is served with a bacon-chive Aioli, lettuce, tomato and onion and your choice of fries or a house salad.

I also spotted on the menu  “The Bourbon Barbecue Pulled Sammy”. It’s smoked in-house with a jalapeno lime slaw and avocado. It also comes with your choice of fries or house salad.

The ice plant even goes as far as making their own homemade ketchup! Now that’s dedication.

All in all,  I think  the Ice Plant will become a local favorite in no time. I myself can’t wait to belly up to the bar and try some of their signature drinks and a burger. The effort that they have put in to restoring this building that is a piece of St. Augustine’s history is extraordinary. This gives me every indication that they are committed and dedicated to making The Ice Plant a success.

We will keep you posted on the food & drink, and the opening.

Until then,
















Ten Fun Things to Do in St Augustine FL

In town to go shopping on St. George Street or visit the Fort?  Wondering what else to do in the Oldest City? Here are a few ideas. Read More→

Here Are A Few Fun Things To Do to Kick Off Mumford & Sons Weekend in St Augustine FL

Looking for something to do the Thursday night before the show?   Try one of these great tours in town.


Thursday, September 12, 2013

GOTR Weekend Kickoff Historic Pub Crawl – A great way to kick off your visit to our city is with St Augustine Historic Walking Tours on this fun filled pub crawl as you learn about the history of the city and of the pubs, taverns and restaurants that we visit. Join us as we visit 4 of Saint Augustine’s hidden pubs and taverns. We’ll take you where the locals like to go. Many of these are places that you most likely wouldn’t find on your own.  Your tour will include one beer (local, premium, craft and micro brews included), wine, sangria, soft drink or coffee at each stop and tips to the servers. We’ll also show you other great bars and restaurants in town. A great way to start your Festival Weekend!  Space is limited. Tickets are only $39 (less if you book online) Reservations are required! 904-392-7137 or dial **FUNTOURS from your mobile device

GOTR Weekend Kickoff Spirits w Spirits – A Paranormal Pub Crawl – Like your tour a little more Ghostly and Creepy? We’ve got the tour for you. Join our Paranormal investigative tour guide who will take you to places that have had overnight paranormal investigations done there. We’ll tell you all about the investigations and some of the activity that has happened in each place and you’ll get to learn how to use real paranormal investigative equipment. Be sure to bring your cameras. You never know who you’ll be drinking with in St Augustine. Space is limited. Tickets are only $17 (less if you book online) Reservations are required!

 904-392-7137 or dial **FUNTOURS from your mobile device


Saint Augustine Biplane Rides

See the city from a Biplane. Check out this review for more information on this exhilarating experience.

Tour Rates and Routes:  
Introductory Tour:           $60.00 Per Person (2 person Minimum)  

For a once in a lifetime experience, for that bucket list, or just to say you’ve flown in a Biplane! We head south along the Inter-coastal Waterway towards Downtown, We’ll pass by Vilano then get a quick turn around the Fort (Castillo de San Marcos) and back to the Aerodrome!  

Old City Tour:               $87.00 Per Person (2 person Minimum) Solo rate $140.00

You will fly south along the Inter-coastal Waterway towards historic downtown St. Augustine with exceptional views of Nombre de Dios Mission, Flagler College, Castillo de San Marcos and The Bridge of Lions. With multiple turns around downtown we offer each passenger an equal opportunity to see the best views of Old St. Augustine from a Biplane!    

Anastasia Island Tour:       $110.00 Per Person (2 Person Minimum) Solo Rate $170.00

Our Anastasia Island Tour includes everything that our Old City Tour does and also gives you the opportunity to head out over Anastasia Island. You get a “bird’s eye view” of St. Augustine Lighthouse, dropping down over Anastasia State Park we’ll fly south along the beach where the original Barnstormers used to land, we’ll fly past the St. Augustine Pier before turning back towards the airport to get a “low run” over Salt Run”, an absolutely awesome perspective!

The Barnstormer Tour:        $137.50 Per Person (2 Person Minimum) Solo Rate $230.00  

The Barnstormer Tour includes everything you will see in our other tours but allowing more time over each location for pictures or for just taking it all in. You will travel further south along the beach and on your way back headed north you will fly past the aerodrome to make the inter-coastal waterway River Run toward Guana Reserve, an amazing vantage point.

Flights to Matanzas Fort are available. Please call to inquire.

Sunset Ad-On:    $50.00

An absolutely unforgettable experience from the sky. See the sun drop below the western horizon with Old St. Augustine skyline in the foreground, a unique sunset experienced nowhere else. You will fly just long enough past sunset to see the lights turn on along the waterfront and flicker over the city.

Phone:  904.625.1450


Saint Augustine Gold Tours

If you are arriving on Thursday, take a tour of the city and get the lay of the land. This tour is a fantastic way to see all of the city and it’s beauty on a golf cart style bus.

Every tour is intimate with a maximum of 6 passengers starting in the parking lot  at the rear of the Love Tree café, located at 31 Orange Street .  The tour will take you to the sites of the Spanish first landing, Indian villages, Fountain of Youth, site of the celebration of the first mass and thanksgiving celebrations, and to downtown St Augustine. There you will see  all the historical buildings including:  Castillo de San Marcos and bay-front, Pena Peck House, Treasury Street, Cordova Street, and Charlotte Street.

Tours are $20.00 per person. See our review for more information.

 Call- 904-325 -0547 for reservations.


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Discounts For Mumford & Sons Shuttle Riders St Augustine FL

Discounts for Shuttle Riders 


Amiro Art & Found

9 C Aviles Street | Saint Augustine, FL  32084 | 904.824.8460

Show your Gentlemen of the Road tickets, shuttle wristband, or your mustache (real or not) and receive a ten percent discount on all purchases through Monday, September 16.

Camping World of St Augustine

600 Prime Outlet Mall Blvd. |Saint Augustine, FL 32084 |

$20 Merchandise Certificate to anyone with a Shuttle pass wristband.

Catholic Heritage Tours of St. Augustine

(904)377-3001 |

Wear your wristband and receive a 15% discount for all walking tours.  Contact to arrange times and dates.  Tours begin at the Castillo de San Marcos (“the Fort”) and take approximately 1-1/2 hours.

Colonial Quarter

33 St. George Street | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 |

Receive 50% off of admission to the Colonial Quarters with Wristband or Passport. Take an historic adventure through 3 centuries of St. Augustine’s History. Come enjoy 2 acres of awesome interaction with activities around every corner.

Fort Menendez at Old Florida Museum

259 San Marco Ave. | 904.824.8874 |

Wear your Shuttle Perk wristband and receive $5 admission to our museum (our best discount, usually $11 for adults and $8 for children) which includes a free bottle of water.

High Tide Gallery

51-B Cordova Street  | 904.829.6831 |

Get something handmade in St. Augustine while in St. Augustine! Located just 3 blocks south of the concert field and Visitors Center, we feature local artwork and jewelry. Receive 15% off of any regularly-priced item (beachy whimsical or coastal traditional) with your shuttle wristband.

Hotel Ponce de Leon Legacy Tours at Flagler College

74 King Street | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | Shop 904.823.3378 |

Historical tours of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon buy one get one free for all full-price admission to the tours with wristband.

IMAX and World Golf Hall of Fame

One World Golf Place | Saint Augustine, FL 32092 | Office 904.940.4021 |

Two thrilling films, One GIANT Experience…Purchase a Double Feature including, Great White Shark 3D and Tornado Alley 3D and receive free admission to the Hall of Fame with wristband. Enjoy seeing iconic items from the Bob Hope Exhibit, taking your picture on the Swilcan Burn Bridge in The Royal and Ancient Game Exhibit or replicate a championship putt from the Ryder Cup while learning about past and present champions. Hall of Fame hours: 10am-6pm, IMAX Theater showtimes starting at 11am, ($9.50)

Le Pavillon

45 San Marco Ave. | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | 904.824.6202 |

 Receive a free chocolate mousse dessert or a glass of wine per table.  One per check no separate checks with all wrist bands holders.

Let’s GO Stand Up

Phone 904.540.6076 |

We offer Stand Up Paddleboard lessons and guided trips from multiple locations around St. Augustine. Receive public SUP tours for 20% off our normal rate making the cost only $24 with wristband. To view availability or RSVP, head to: or, send an email to

Metalartz Gallery

58 Hypolita Street | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | 904.824.6322

Wristband & passport holders may take 10% off their store purchase OR free shipping for their Metalartz purchase. As a courtesy, we will hold all purchases on site for pick up Sunday (or at another convenient time).

Spanish Dutch Convoy Leather Goods and Bags

60 Saint George Street | 58 San Marco Ave | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | 904.824.8053

Wristband holders receive free gift with any $30 purchase.  Limit one per customer while supplies last. Offer good at both locations.

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

3 Aviles Street | Saint Augustine, FL  32084 |904.342.7730 |

The Spanish Military Hospital Museum is a 40 minute fully guided tour taking you back to the colonial Spanish days of medicine, with both surgical and apothecary demonstrations. Buy one regular adult admission and the second adult admission free with wrist band.

St. Augustine Scenic Cruise

Check out our review

4125 Coastal Highway | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | 904.824.1806 Ext. 210

Receive $5.00 off of adult admission and $1.00 off of children admission with shuttle wristband.

The Beef Jerky Outlet

100 St. George st. | Suite C – Spanish plaza | 904.819.0778

Receive a 10% discount on all merchandise in store with shuttle wristband, including the more than 200 delicious flavors of jerky’s and exotic meats such as gator, elk & kangaroo.

The Bull & Crown Publick House

53 St. George Street | Saint Augustine, FL 32084

10% off your food and beverage bill with your shuttle wristband. Enjoy great pub fare and beverages from a deck right on historic St. George Street.

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm

999 Anastasia Boulevard | Saint Augustine, FL 32084|Phone 904.824.3337 |

25% discount on admission with wristband. This will be valid at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm only, and not valid at Crocodile Crossing.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse

81 Lighthouse Avenue | Saint Augustine, FL 32080 | 904.829.0745 |

Receive 10% off of admission with wristband.  Guests can also use the code MUMFORD to receive 10% off of admission for purchasing advance tickets on our website – this can be applied for any tickets purchased for 9/13 – 9/16. email:

The St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum

12 S. Castillo Drive | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 |

Receive 50% off admission with wristband or passport. Come see over 800 authentic artifacts in an immersive, interactive setting.  Voted Best Local Attraction for the past 2 years.

The Spice and Tea Exchange

This is a great store if you love spices.

2 locations | 904.826.3770 |

Fine spices, herbs, blends, salts, and teas. Come in and smell the spices! Receive 10% off purchase with shuttle wristband at both locations 59 Hypolita Street and 167 San Marco Avenue.

The Taberna del Caballo 

We love this place. Great Sangria!

37 St. George Street  | Saint Augustine, FL 32084

10% off your food and beverage bill with wristband or passport. Enjoy Spanish style tapas, and the city’s best Sangria in a laid back oasis with a Spanish flair, right in the heart of St. George St.

Villa Zorayda Museum

83 King Street | Saint Augustine, FL 32084 | Phone 904.829.9887 |

30% discount off of the adult admission for our audio guided tour with wristband. This tour is offered in English, Spanish, and French and runs continuously throughout the day.

A Biplane Ride is the Thing To Do in St Augustine

Captain Dave in the back and two passengers

So what does a ride in a open cockpit biplane feel like? Imagine driving down a scenic highway  strapped in a high end convertible sports car. Now imagine that car lifting off and ascending over the intracoastal waterway as you pass 1,000 feet in the air with the incredible view unfolding beneath you.

That is the closest comparison I have for the sensation of being in the cockpit of a 1935 Waco biplane.  Read More→

Pet Friendly Restaurants in St. Augustine Fl

Hi, I’m Marley Burke, The Locals’ Guide’s  “Local Dog.”

Although I have to be honest and say my favorite place in St. Augustine is the beach, I also like dining out on occasion.

Whether you are a tourist bringing your dog along on vacation, or a local who just can’t resist your pups sad eyes when you leave the house without him… we have plenty of restaurants in town who love dogs just as much as you do.

Here are some great spots for you and your dog to get a bite to eat.. If you’re in the historic downtown area there are few great places on St. George Street that are pet friendly. Keep in mind that at all of the pet friendly restaurants you will be dining outside. On St. George Street, you will find the Chianti Room and the Florida Cracker. The Florida cracker usually has some good music outside and has a good vibe to it. The Chianti room is known for its great happy hour and reasonable prices.


Just off St. George Street, but still in historic downtown, you will find the Barley Republic – an Irish pub and restaurant with a good selection of beers and a chance to hear some good Irish music. If you’re an Irish Terrier or an Irish Water Spaniel, this place will be right up your alley. If barbecues your thing and what dog doesn’t love pulled pork, then try MoJo’s barbecue. The barbecue here is fantastic and it’s definitely a local favorite for dogs and humans alike. If you’re looking to dine a little fancy, try La Pentola, a great place to go after a bath. They have a beautiful courtyard with fountains and pretty flowers to look at. Make sure you get a doggie bag from here – the food is amazing and they have an extensive wine selection.  Be sure to check out the review.


If you’re looking to smell the salt air, make sure you check out some of the dog friendly spots along the Bay. Meehan’s Irish Pub is a great place to take a dog for a pint and a view of the water. You’ll find many locals hanging out there. Another wonderful spot to take a dog and have a drink, an appetizer and listen to some great local music is O.C. White’s. Here you will find a beautiful outdoor atmosphere. It’s one of my favorite spots for live entertainment in the springtime. If you get chilly at night they have some incredible outdoor fireplaces to keep you warm and the smell of Jasmine fills the air here on a warm spring night. Some of the tables are underneath a Jasmine covered pergola that is a sight to behold when it’s blooming. Harry’s has a beautiful courtyard, live entertainment and great food at reasonable prices. Everybody is hooked on Harry’s. If you want to grab an iced coffee and a dessert, check out the Gourmet Hut.

Heading over to Vilano beach, you have the KingFish Grill. Beautiful views of the Bay can be found here. Any dog would love to sit out here and watch the world go by. Right on Route 1, not far from town you will find Jaybird’s restaurant. They have a pretty outdoor patio and they have even built a waterfall out there. The food is delicious and reasonably priced. They have live music several nights a week and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Considering I’m a yellow lab, this waterfall is a bit of a tease for me since I’m not allowed to swim in it. I love listening to the water trickling down the falls though. Also off Route 1 you will find a favorite place of the “Saint Augustine Locals,” Hurricane Patty’s. Water views and views of the marina is what you will find here along with some terrific area bands. You might also see some “local cats.” The lucky critters get to roam free and sleep on boats in the marina. Oh how I dream of chasing them down the dock.

View from Matanzas Inlet



Now it’s back to the beach, oh how I love the beach. I love digging holes in the sand, flipping my Frisbee between my legs and catching it and swimming with my tennis  ball and cooling-off on a hot day. I like to eat here too. A sandwich, some water and shade and this becomes my favorite place in town. Sometimes we share a chicken Parmesan sub from Romano’s Pizza. They have really good subs and they’re huge. You can also grab some picnic foods like fried chicken at Publix or a Subway in the same plaza. Going to the beach is like going to Mexico. I warn you, Don’t Drink the Water!!!!

Café 11 out at the beach has really good food and they love well behaved dogs. They do a delicious brunch on the weekends. This is a real “Locals” favorite. Hurricane Grill and Wings is a fun spot to grab some wings but I’m not allowed to have chicken bones. The music is nice though and everyone looks happy there. The Wildfower Café is nice too.

 Here is a letter I received from a dog named Pirate.

Pirate says:



So my people parents take me out to lunch all the time to the Wildflower Café, they bring me a bowl of water as soon as I arrive. We relax in the shade under the awning and my dad slips me bacon from his giant BLT and sometimes mom sneaks me a shrimp from her shrimp salad. This place is always nice to me and my mom and dad really enjoy the lunch menu and sitting outside with me.

Pirate –  (one adorable toy golden doodle!)



I love going for rides so I get very excited to take a drive down to Matanzas’s Inlet Restaurant. It’s about a 15 minute ride from the beach, 25 from town. Oh boy, it’s worth it. The drive is so scenic and I can smell the salt water in the air. Right before the restaurant are two parks, one on the beach side and one on the inlet side. The inlet side is a great place to take a walk and take a dip on a hot day. (All the kids want to pet me there and tell me I’m cute.)

The restaurant has good food and the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. This is nice  place to have lunch or

Matanzas Inlet Sunset

dinner and stare  at the water. This place makes you feel like you’re on a Caribbean island. It’s a great place to spend a dog day afternoon.

Contributed by Marley Burke

The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine’s “Local Dog”

Pet Friendly Restaurants that will make your tail wag:

Café 11

501 A1A Beach Blvd  St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 460-9311

Barley Republic

48 Spanish St  St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 547-2023

Chianti Room

60 Charlotte St, St Augustine, FL 32084

(904) 825-4100

Florida Cracker

81 St George St  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 829-0397

Harry’s  (Read Review)

46 Avenida Menendez  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-7765

Hurricane Patty’s

69 Lewis Blvd, St Augustine, FL ‎

(904) 827-1822

Hurricane Grille

4255 S. A1A 13 & 14  St Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 471-7120


2600 N Ponce De Leon Blvd  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 429-7153

Kingfish Grill

252 Yacht Club Dr  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-2111

La Pentola      (Read Review)

58 Charlotte St  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-3282

MoJo’s Barbecue

5 Cordova St, St Augustine, FL

(904) 342-5264

Matanzas Inlet

8805 A1A S, St Augustine, FL ‎

(904) 461-6824
Salt Life Food Shack    (Read Review)Phone: 904-217-3256321 A1A Beach Blvd. St. Augustine Beach, FL 32080
O.C. White’s
118 Avenida Menendez  St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-0808
Sea Oats Caffe
1075 A1A Beach Blvd, St Augustine, FL 32080
Publix Plaza at the Beach
Wildflower Café
4320 A1a S # 9  St Augustine, FL 32080
 (904) 471-2691









Dog Parks in St Augustine and Ponte Vedra FL

If you are looking for a dog park, St. Augustine has a few good ones. These parks are clean and fun but most importantly they are “Local Dog Approved!”






Paws Dog Park is located within the Treaty Park Complex
1595 Wildwood Drive
St. Augustine, Florida 32086 Map


DAWN to DUSK unless otherwise posted

Facility Overview

Small Dog Park

  • Completely Fenced
  • Single Watering Hole

Large Dog Park

  • Completely Fenced
  • Multiple Watering Holes
  • Shaded Area with Sitting Bench
  • Mock Fire Hydrant
  • Plenty of room to run, jump, and socialize
  • No leashes necessary within Paws Dog Park!
  • Please pick up after your pooch



210 Davis Park Road
Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida 32082 Map
P: (904) 209-0370
F: (904) 209-0347

A playground for all our four footed friends to enjoy! Two large fenced in areas  with a pond and obstacles for your pets to play on.

Designated parking for Paw Park visitors near the football field parking lot. There is also a Dog Wash located next to the concession stand building adjacent to the southern most Paw Park and pond.

During your visit, please keep in mind:

  • Unleash dogs in the designated area before letting them into the park. It’s safer for all our guests.
  • Please clean up any mess your four-legged friend may leave behind. Bags, shovels, and trash cans are located in the dog park for your convenience.
  • No food or drink in the dog park.


PAWS DOG PARK  at Ron Parker Park

On Anastasia Island

Old Beach Rd
St Augustine, Fl

This dog park has shade, drinking water, benches, and mulch ground cover.

Beautiful Parks to Visit in St Augustine FL-

Looking for a great park to hike, horseback ride, kayak or swim? Check out some of these great spots. Most of the parks here in Saint Augustine are pet friendly and allow dogs but they must be on a leash no longer than 6′. Some parks don’t allow pets on the beach or certain other areas.  Check our notes or the parks website for more details.


Many of these parks offer camping if you’re looking for a place to stay.  Check the Park Legend for information on activities.

  Park Legend

  • BikingBIKING
  • CampingCAMPING
  • CanoeingCANOEING
  • FishingFISHING
  • HikingHIKING
  • SurfingSURFING
  • Wildlife WILDLIFE
$ 8.00 Per Car
Dog friendly except for the beach.
You can also rent  Hobie Cats, Stand Up Paddle Boards and Kayaks here

1340 A1A South

St. Augustine, Florida 32080



Anastasia State Park is located only 1.5 miles from historic downtown and has activities for every member of the family. Nature walks, kayaking and fishing are just a few of the activities you will find at this beautiful beachfront state park. Anastasia also offers kayak and canoe rentals on site. The park has covered picnic areas, showers and a snack bar.


Fort Matanzas National Monument

See Review of Park


Dog friendly except for the Fort and Ferry ride.

8635 A1A South

St. Augustine, Florida 32080



Fort Matanzas has a history closely entwined with the City of St. Augustine and the Castillo de San Marcos. Built in 1740-1742 by the Spanish, it was used to guard the Matanzas inlet, to ward off and warn northern neighbors of British enemies from the south. Today, the Fort is a standing monument for the early Spanish Empire in Florida. Located on the barrier islands off the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this historic landmark is home to an abundance of Florida wildlife.

Fort Mose Historic State Park

See Review of Park
$2.00 per person, museum admission fee. Children 5 and younger are free.


15 Fort Mose Trail

St. Augustine, Florida 32084



Fort Mose, established in 1738 by Manuel Montiano, gave safety to Africans running away from slavery in the English Colony of Carolina. Approximately 100 Africans lived at Fort Mose, making the fort a monument for black history. They created a founding community which drew on a range of African backgrounds blended with Spanish, Native American and English cultural traditions.



Geocaches are hidden in the park. Please check for the most current up-to-date information.

Historic Site
Fort Mose Historic State Park is the site of the first legally sanctioned free African settlement in what is now the United States. The site was designed as a National Historic Landmark in 1994.

Interpretive Exhibit
Interpretive panels are installed throughout the park, depicting the story of Fort Mose. The park also has replicas of three historic items, including a chosa or a cooking hut, a small historic garden and a small Spanish flat boat called a barca chata.


The museum, located in the park’s visitor center, helps visitors learn more about the site’s significance within the history of the United States. The collection includes highly interactive, multimedia exhibits and artifacts found during the excavation of the second Fort Mose site.
Faver-Dykes State Park
$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.


1000 Faver-Dykes Road

St. Augustine, Florida 32086



Faver-Dykes offers activities for an entire fun filled day. Camping, canoeing, hiking and picnicking can all be enjoyed at this pristine, undeveloped landscape that truly represents the Real Florida. The 1,608 acres along Pellicer Creek are home to an array of Florida wildlife such as deer, turkeys, hawks and river otters. Kayaks and canoes are available to rent on-site.

Canoes can be reserved by calling the park. $5.00 plus tax per hour.  $25.00 plus tax for 5 or more hours (all day).

The park has two 1/2 mile loop nature trails. One trail begins near the picnic area and winds along the pine flatwoods into the scrub and along Pellicer Creek. The other trail begins in the campground and winds along the hardwood hammock and along the banks of Pellicer Creek. Several miles of park boundary roads and back woods roads are also available for hiking. Please make prior arrangements with park staff to hike these backwoods areas.

Pellicer Creek borders the southern boundary of the park and is popular for fishing. Both saltwater and freshwater species can be caught in Pellicer Creek. Red drum, black drum, sheepshead, spotted seatrout, common snook can all be caught from the park’s fishing dock. Freshwater species such as large mouth bass and bream can be caught closer to the creek headwaters. A fishing license may be required. Size and bag limits are strictly enforced. All of the current regulations are available at the park.

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
Dogs are not allowed on the beach.

$5.00 per vehicle. On the ocean side, please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.

$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.

$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

$5.00 per boat that access park from the Intracoastal Waterway. Please pay at the Ranger Station.


3100 S. State Road A1A

Flagler Beach, Florida 32136



Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway, this 144-acre park offers coastal camping, picnicking, swimming, fishing, and nature study. The daily low tide is an ideal time to observe the shore birds feeding in tidal ponds, and summer months bring sea turtles to lay their eggs in the sand.

Canoeing & Kayaking

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area has kayaks and canoes available for rent! We offer single and tandem style kayaks. Canoes and kayaks can be launched from our boat ramp that easily leads to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Come by the ranger station to rent by the hour or by the day! We now offer stand up paddle board rentals and tours by Roll ‘n’ Float Outfitters.

Wildlife Viewing

Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area plays host to an extremely wide variety of wildlife and plant life. Our park plays host to many different birds. This park is located on the east section of The Great Florida Birding Trail. During late spring, summer, and early fall, many sea turtles crawl up on the park’s beach to lay their eggs. The beach calls many interesting creatures home such as shore birds, crabs, and fish. Right whales can be found hanging out offshore during winter months. During the warmer months manatees and dolphins can be seen frolicking in the ocean or in the inter=coastal waterway. Wildlife such as butterflies, otters, bobcats, deer, owls, gopher tortoise, snakes, and alligators are all possibilities when you on your own adventure in the Real Florida!


Swimming is always a popular activity for those interested in exercise, cooling off, or having fun. The park has about ½ mile of beach for visitors to play on. There is no lifeguard on duty, however, the beach is patrolled regularly by our park staff.

Moses Creek Conservation Area


Trail Map –

S.R. 206

St. Augustine, FL 32086



One of the few remaining undeveloped tidal creeks in the region can be found at Moses Creek Conservation Area preserves. Wildlife such as the great blue heron, snow egrets, osprey, hawks, gopher tortoises, deer, otters and foxes can all be seen at this riverside conservation area. Native Americans, who occupied the area thousands of years ago, used the tidal marshes as an important resource.


Hiking, jogging, bird-watching or any other activity where travel is by foot only is allowed on District lands except in areas restricted by signs.

Horseback riding

Horseback riding is allowed on many conservation areas on trails in designated areas and established roads and fire lines, except where restricted by signs. Check area maps for horseback riding opportunities.


Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

$5.00 per vehicle. Please use the honor box to pay fees. Correct change is required. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle.


$4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle.


$2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.



Pets are not allowed on the beach or the gardens.

6400 N. Oceanshore Boulevard

Palm Coast, Florida 32137



This 410-acre park is truly one of Florida’s gems. Bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Matanzas River, the park sets a picturesque setting for a day of hiking and picnicking in the gardens or fishing along the river. Washington Oaks Gardens also has a unique coquina rock shore that serves as a feeding ground for many species of birds at low tide.



Fishing from the seawall and surf fishing is allowed at Washington Oaks. Washington Oaks Gardens State Park is a popular place for recreational fishing. Fishing can be enjoyed from the park’s seawall on the Matanzas River. Surf fishing is allowed from the beach. A number of different species are routinely caught, including whiting and blue fish in the surf; several species of trout, redfish, drum and flounder along the seawall. A Florida saltwater fishing license may be required.


The formal gardens are the centerpiece of Washington Oaks Gardens. A portion of the hammock contains a formal garden where many species of exotic plants from around the world are displayed along footpaths and around reflecting ponds. The gardens are well known for their azaleas, camellias and roses.

Hiking/Nature Trail

Washington Oaks Gardens State Park provides trails for both hiking and biking. The Bella Vista trails include the Timucuan hiking trail, Jungle Road hike and bike trail and the Old A-1-A hike and bike trail. This 1.7 mile trail system explores a mature coastal maritime hammock and ventures into the edge of a dense canopied coastal scrub. The Mala Compra hiking loop is a half-mile loop that explores the eco-zone between the coastal maritime hammock and the estuarine tidal marsh along the Matanzas River. The hiking trails at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park were developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection in cooperation with the Florida Trail Association. These trails are maintained by Florida Trail Association volunteers.

This park is on the Great Florida Birding Trail. Birding can be enjoyed in a variety of habitats including the beach, Matanzas River, and throughout the formal gardens.  Each year during the migratory seasons birding becomes a very popular activity at Washington Oaks Gardens State Park. Check out our Birding Checklist


The Fountain of Youth in St Augustine FL is a Pet Friendly Attraction Worth Seeing

Ponce De Leon’s World Famous Fountain of Youth is one of my favorite places in St. Augustine, FL. This attraction is very dear to my heart. My grandparents Joe & Nan Deuschle met and fell in love there in 1927. My grandfather was the gardener who discovered the skeletal remains of the Timucua Indians in 1934 while he was planting orange trees on the property.  This incredible discovery led to research conducted by the Smithsonian Institute and The University of Florida Museum of Natural History and is a large part of the parks history today.




The Park is located on 15 beautifully landscaped waterfront acres. This beautiful piece of property is home to many friendly peacocks. They love to display their colorful  feathers in hopes of being fed peanuts by the many guests who come through the Parks Gates. I visited the park recently and although I have been there many times before  I never tire of the gorgeous grounds. I ran into several locals that day who were all enjoying the Park and its views of the Intracoastal.

The Park is most famous for its springs, also known as The Fountain of Youth. About 60 years ago, they built a beautiful Coquina structure around the spring with a gorgeous fireplace to warm yourself on a cool winters day. The spring water comes directly from Florida’s aquifer and is said to contain over 30 minerals. I have been drinking from the spring since I was five years old, my first visit to the fountain of youth. Here they have cups of water so you too can drink from the springs magical waters.

The Park is a combination of an “Old Florida tourist attraction” and a world-class Archaeological Park.  The owners have gone through great lengths to preserve its’ history and to continually improve the Park and the exhibits. Even if you have been here before,  it’s worth coming back to see the new exhibits that are constantly added. On my recent visit, I was there to enjoy the new Founders River walk. The Park has recently added a 600 foot dock out into the gorgeous salt marsh. Here you have spectacular views of the inlet and the Bay. They have even included some benches to sit down and relax on while you breathe in the salt air and watch the wildlife out in the marsh.  This particular day I also took some time to learn more about the reconstruction of the Mission Church.  The structure was built using historically correct methods wherever possible using local cypress, which was known to 16th century Spaniards to be durable and resistant to wood-eating insects. The Mission church features a choir loft and rustic altar, and uses a palm thatch roof. The floor is crushed coquina, as is the area around the church.


The Park has living history exhibits performed by knowledgeable reenactors. One of my favorite demonstrations is the cannon firing. A crowd had gathered  to see this in depth demonstration of the firing of a Breech Cannon. BOOM! Hold your ears for this one. This is a beautiful Cannon and you don’t get to see one of these in action very often. I loved this demonstration and so did the rest of the visitors. We were also shown how to shoot a Crossbow that was of Spanish influence. That was a big favorite of all of the kids watching, but I loved it too. I think I’ll be adding one of those to my Christmas list.

All of the Reenactors at the Park are phenomenal. They are friendly, professional and have a wealth of knowledge. They are happy to answer your questions and teach you about the history behind the particular demonstration. The day I was there, they also had someone making  pottery, and someone carving a canoe out of a hunk of pine using the burn and scrape method. These reenactments were taking place in the Timucan Village.  The things they do here are amazing and so interactive.


Archaeologists have been excavating at Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park for over 80 years, and in that time the discoveries have rewritten history textbooks time and time again. Since 1934, archaeologists have made a long list of major finds at the Park, and excavations continue to this day. You can see some of these archaeological treasures on display within the Park.

If you go hungry, they have a great snack bar where you can grab an appetizer, hamburger, sandwich or one of the coldest beers in town. They also have a fantastic gift shop if you’re looking for the perfect souvenir. The Park is a pet friendly attraction too. 

So whether or not you love history or archaeology, lush landscaping and views of the Bay or friendly peacocks looking for treats, The Fountain of Youth has something for you. Take a few hours and be transported in time, enjoy and explore!


 Discover something old,

 discover something new,

 discover something beautiful 

 in a park with the perfect view.





The Fountain of Youth is open 9-6 daily and the last ticket is sold at 5:00pm.



Adult (13-59 yrs): 12.00
Child (6-12 yrs): 8.00
Senior (60+ yrs): 11.00

 11 Magnolia Ave  St. Augustine, FL

Phone: 904 829 3168

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Mosaic Workshop with Martin Cheek- Saint Augustine FL- February 22-23 2014

Mosaic Workshop with Martin Cheek (for beginners & experienced)

We are very excited to have internationally renowned mosaic artist, MARTIN CHEEK (UK) come to D & L Art Glass to teach a course on Feb. 22-23, 2014.

This course aims to provide an opportunity for those who are new to the wonderful craft of mosaic making to learn the basic skills and for those who are experienced, to further develop their personal style and creativity.

Participants will design and work on a mosaic 12″ x 12″ or 12″ x 16″ in area, using a combination of traditional glass, millefiore and Martin’s handmade glass fusions.

This course includes a combination of informative lectures including the history and manufacture of millefiore; Roman mosaic techniques; Martin’s fusing techniques and creative process. He will give demonstrations and individual help to ensure you go home fully inspired and equipped to continue to make mosaics at home.

When: Saturday & Sunday, Feb.22-23, 2014.
Time: 10 am – 4:30pm
Where: D & L Art Glass 107 Allgood Cir. #6, St. Augustine, FL

Cost: $ 240 + $100 added for materials
Includes: Priceless instruction by the Mosaic Maestro, substrate (12×12 or 12×16), glue, glass to cover substrate, some millefiore to tickle your fancy, and lunch.

Martin’s handmade glass fusions will be available at an extra cost. You may also commission a fusion from Martin made especially for you. Simply send him an outline of your design. Check out his Facebook page and website for more details.

Please note: Martin’s fusions are works of art and are priced accordingly!

Deposit required to reserve a space. Hurry, limited seating! 904-827-1415



Saturday, 24 August, 2013
St. Francis Barracks, 104 Marine Street, St. Augustine
Event starts at 9:00 and is FREE to the public


This is the sixth year that the West Point Society of North Florida has organized the ceremony, remembering the re-internment of those who perished on battlefields during the Second Seminole Indian War. In 1842, a large parade bore their remains though St. Augustine to what is now the National Cemetery. The parade and following ceremony is vividly described in the extract below from the local newspaper. The sacrifice of those buried under the pyramids was but a precursor to that made by following generations of citizens who took up arms in defense of city, state and nation, and who continue to do so today. The 450th Military Commemoration Committee and the Seminole Wars Foundation have joined the West Point Society to produce this year’s event.
Activities will begin at 9:00 with a living history assemblage of period re-enactors on the parade ground in front of the barracks. Returning this year will be a crew from Peace River Artillery, demonstrating and firing an exact replica of the “6 pounder” artillery piece that accompanied the column, lead by Major Francis L. Dade, that was ambushed and destroyed at the beginning of the war in December, 1835. Jerry and Linda Morris will also be back with their display of how soldiers lived in the field during the war, and Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Harry Metz will lead an honor guard of other re-enactors.

At 11:00, a bugler will sound assembly and spectators will gather to hear brief remarks putting the event in historical context. The procession will then march to the pyramids where the Society will lay its wreath and lead the cadet prayer. A cannon salute and the haunting bugle notes of taps will close the morning.

Also of note, during the day, Lieutenant Colonel (ret.) Gregory A. Moore, National Guard Command historian will be available to discuss his new book; Sacred Ground: The National Cemetery at St. Augustine.

Private Golf Courses in St Augustine

If you are looking to find a few private golf courses in the area, you have two outstanding choices. One is on the island and the other is just north of town. First, the island.


Marsh Creek Country Club

Situated along the Intercoastal and only a mile or so from the Ocean, Marsh Creek is a picturesque and challenging Mark McCumber design. The course features 6 set of tees with the back tees coming in at 6,883 yards and the very forward men’s tees a modest 5578. Women’s tees measure 4432 yards.

The opening holes is simply gorgeous with a mile plus long view across marsh to the other side of the Intracoastal waterway. You need to gather your focus as any tee shot out to the right is Egret food in the marshes. Your second shot requires much precision as well as they green sites on the edge of the marsh. While many would consider the layout, “target golf”, there really is a generous landing area on many tee shots. yet there are many forced carries so if you can not keep your ball airborne you will have issues. However, if you play smart, there are always area to hit to and usually a bail out area for your second shot. The fairways generally tend to pinch in  the more you challenge them, so smart play will pay off here.

Since this is Florida, water, marsh or sand comes into play on most holes.The rating form the tips is 73.6/147 and 69.4/120 from the forward men’s tees.

The course is usually in great condition with manicured fairways and fairly quick greens. The combination of challenge, condition and picturesque holes are hard to beat. The course is private and you must be sent my a member to play. there are a variety of membership option available in many classes so if you are interested in joining it would be best to call and find out the latest promotions. Occasionally they will run a trial membership.


Marsh Creek County Club

169 Marshside Dr
St Augustine
(904) 461-1101





Palencia Golf Club

Signature 3rd Hole “Leaning Tree”



The tournament tees are a healthy 7073 yards and are rated at 74.5/142. The forward men’s tees are a more manageable  6110 and 69.7/126. ladies tees measure 4936 yards and are rated at 70.6/122.

The layout for the most part is very fair. The first hole is a slight dog leg left with a huge fairways as long as you avoid the fairway bunkers to the left. The second hole is also a shot par 4 and a birdie hole. The third hole is the signature hole on the course-  The Leaning Tree, Palencia’s signature hole. This medium length par-3 is nestled around a breathtaking Oak Hammock. The dominant obstruction to making a good score on this beautiful hole is the arching oak tree that leans across the line of play. After this unique part 3 you encounter your first par 5 that has a huge mound in the front of the green requiring a blind shot into a devilish green. It is this type of design elements that may deter some. The first par 5 on the back is similar.


Palencia 16th Hole

However, most of the other holes are more straightforward. Many of the par 3’s have long narrow greens. The closing holes are all challenging and offer a great variety. The 16th hole is a bear but the green sits aside the marsh with a long view out to the inter coastal waterway.

Conditions are impeccable. Fairways are pristine and the greens usually roll perfect and are about a 10 or 11 on the stimp.

While the course is private, there is a way to gain access to Palencia. Check out he Executive Golf card. Among other benefits you gain access to several private clubs including Palencia. More information can be found at New ownership took over in 2013 so they are actively recruiting new members. Trial membership may be available.

If you have a chance to play here…jump on it. You rarely see any other houses out here and the journey through the centuries old maritime oaks and views of the Intracoastal more than make up for any bad shots. Palencia is unique…and BIG.

Palencia Golf Club

600 Palencia Club Drive

St Augustine, Fl

(904) 599-9040


Fall Fishing Report & Information For St Augustine FL

Here it is, the “Late Summer/ Early Fall Fishing Report” for Saint Augustine and the surrounding areas.


The days are starting to get shorter and the kids are heading back to school. With this means cooler weather will be coming soon. This is some of my favorite fishing of the year.
Starting in August and lasting into late November we have flood tides . These are extremely large high tides around the new and full moons. Look at the local tide charts for the tides that are +5.5 or higher. These are the days to go fishing. These flood tides bring the water level higher than any time of the year. This gives Redfish and Sheepshead access to areas that were previously untouched. These fish have one thing on their minds, EAT!

Sight-fishing in Shallow Water

 They are swimming in a few inches of water gorging themselves on the fattening crabs and putting weight on for the upcoming winter. You can either get out of your boat and wade fish or use a microskiff like my Dragonfly Boatworks Marsh Hen and pole the flats. Look for the fish to either have their tails sticking up in the air or a portion of their backs out of the water. Throw either a purple crab fly or a ZMan crabz or shrimpz hooked weedless . Get ready for a great fight. It is a blast watching a 7 pound Redfish trying to get away in a few inches of water.

This temperature drop will also start the Fall migration of mullet. This is where there will be acres of mullet and pogies working their way south off of our beaches. There will be tarpon, huge sharks, and bull redfish following these acres of bait. They will usually hang out until the second cold front of the Fall, sometime around early October. Keep a look out for the 100+ pound tarpon crashing the surface of the water in our inlets and near the Bridge of Lions and the Vilano Bridge. Use a live pogie or mullet on a 6/o circle hook attached to a five foot section of fluorocarbon .

Now for some more inshore fishing. Our water temperatures are in the high 80’s in the back waters at present time. By the fall the water will be in the mid to lower 70’s . That will trigger the flounder to feed like crazy. Use a mud minnow or ZMan paddlerz in Houdini color on an 1/8 oz. or 1/4 oz. jig head . Fish near feeder creeks on the last two hours of incoming or the first two hours of outgoing tide. Retrieve them slowly along the bottom and have the net ready for landing them . They are masters for spitting the bait right next to the boat. Target the larger flounder, up to 15 pounds, with a 4″-6″ mullet on a fish finder rig. Fish around deep docks or rip rap and along the inlet rocks. Give these larger flounder extra time to eat the larger baits.
If fishing off of the surf,  there will pompano and black drum cruising the waves. Use a sand flea or a peeled shrimp on a size 1 circle hook attached to a double dropper rig. Use enough weight to keep you from sliding around in the surf. If you are looking for something larger, hook on a cut mullet or a cut whiting and catch large redfish and big sharks. If the redfish are over 27″ please handle them with care and release them back into the ocean after a few pictures.
Please check out my daily report at .
Until next report, Tight Lines.
Capt. James Dumas

Contributed by Capt. James Dumas

Inshore flats fishing – Drum Man Charters- -904-687-9498



The Best Spots to Have a Drink on the Water in St Augustine FL

If you are looking for a great place to have a drink, on the water in Saint Augustine, Florida, you’ve come to the right webpage. Here you will find all the ” local approved”  hotspots.

Let’s start with Cap’s on the Water. This has been a local favorite for years. It’s located between St. Augustine and  Ponte Vedra  just over the Vilano Bridge heading north on A1A.  Is it worth the trip up from downtown? Absolutely! The atmosphere here can’t be beat. It is one of the most beautiful  “old Florida” settings on the water Read More→

The Best Sightseeing Tour in Historic St Augustine for Day-Trippers

Sightseeing Tours St Augustine

The Shrine

The Locals’ Guide to Saint Augustine has an “ask a local” feature. We are always asked the question “what is the best tour to see the city?”  Sometimes people will be staying a few days, but often times they are only here for a day and don’t have a lot of time to spare.



If you are here for a day or two and want to see some of the more historic and beautiful landmarks of downtown,  I recommend  St. Augustine  Gold Tours. The tour is conducted on a small, quiet electric tour bus. To me it was more like a golf cart on steroids. The maximum amount of passengers is six. What I love about this tour is with only six people on board, you really get to interact with your tour guide. The small size of the bus allows the tour guide to take you down some of the most narrow historic picturesque streets in downtown. The tour lasts for roughly 90 minutes and is $25.00  per person. Read More→

Enjoy A Fun Pirate Pub Tour In St Augustine FL- Learn Pirate History While Sipping Sangria.

Ahoy Matie!   If you are looking for fun night out on the town being thoroughly entertained, look no further. St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours offers a pirate pub crawl that is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. The pirate pub crawl is roughly 2 1/2 hours long and rich with history.



On our arrival we were greeted by the beautiful redheaded Privateer Anne Bonny. She was to be our guide for the evening. She was dressed authentically, right down to her magnificent collection of pirate/privateer weaponry. We were greeted with a beer, after all, this is a pub crawl too. I knew right away this was going to be a great evening. Anne Bonny lives and breathes Pirates. There was no question she could not answer. Read More→

Review of the New Mellow Mushroom in St Augustine FL

Everyone has been asking us what we think of the new Mellow Mushroom in Saint Augustine, Florida.  It has become a “Locals Favorite” for sure.


The atmosphere here is colorful, creative and funky with an industrial feel. It has a good vibe, a huge bar and plenty of TVs to watch sports. There are tables indoors and out, in all shapes and sizes, to fit even the largest of families or groups of friends. It seemed to be kid friendly and there were plenty of little ones in line waiting for a table Read More→

The Best Place to Have a Drink on the Beach in Saint Augustine FL

People are always asking us  “where is a great place to have a drink on the beach in St. Augustine?”  The fact is we really don’t have a lot of choices on the beach. One great spot that myself and other locals love is The Beachcomber Restaurant on Anastasia island. It’s right on St. Augustine Beach at the A Street beach access ramp.

Nestled behind some beautiful large white sand dunes is The Beachcomber. It has an outside deck with several tables that have an ocean view. Even if you’re not at an ocean view table. You have a view of the sand dunes. These dunes are adorned with beautiful sea oats swaying in the gentle breezes that are coming off the Atlantic Ocean. No matter where you’re sitting you can hear the ocean singing to you. It’s impossible not to hear the beautiful sound of the waves crashing on to the shore.



It has a great Caribbean feel to it,  brightly colored painted picnic tables and umbrellas draw you in. The atmosphere is as casual and laid back as it gets. This is the beach life. The Beachcomber has a great view and is a fun spot to have a few beers or a glass of wine and start off your vacation. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to0. We happen to love their fish tacos,  their fish sandwich and they have some award-winning desserts. The key lime pie is a local favorite.  If you’re looking for an appetizer, they often have fresh oysters or local shrimp specials. They don’t have a liquor license so you are limited to beer or wine here  but it’s worth it.  

This is a beautiful spot to sit back with a beer and breathe in the salt air. It’s about as scenic as it gets. This ” locals favorite” will quickly become your favorite too.

2 A St
Saint Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 471-3744

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Relax and See the City from the Bay on a Delightful Boat Ride in St Augustine FL

One of my favorite things to do in St. Augustine, Florida is to hop aboard The Victory III Scenic Cruise Line. I love to go with my husband at sunset and take all of our friends and family as well. We have even celebrated my sister Christine’s birthday aboard eating LuLi’s Cupcakes.

The one hour and 15 minute tour Read More→

Information On Hotels and Rooms Still Available For Mumford & Sons- Saint Augustine FL

Looking for available hotel rooms, beach houses or condos in St Augustine during the Mumford & Sons Concert on September 13th and 14th?



The two day Mumford and Son  Gentlemen of the Road Tour will be a fun and unforgettable time here in St. Augustine, Florida. Whether you are coming for the festival, a wedding or a vacation you’re going to need a room to stay in. The Locals’ Guide to St. Augustine will try to post the most updated information we can get our hands on to make the process a little easier for you. A lot of places are already sold out , but you still have options. We will keep you posted on every availability, including private rentals.


 These properties have availabilities for festival week





  • Southern Oaks Inn – 2800 North Ponce De Leon Blvd -(904) 342-2354 . Close to town
  • Centennial House B&B- 26 Cordova St –  Historic District – (904) 810-2218
  • Beachers Lodge – 6790 A1A Hwy South Crescent Beach 904-471-8849-(Shuttle Stop)
  • Best Western Bayfront Inn- 16 Avenida Menendez- Historic District 904-824-4482
  • Best Western Seaside Inn – 541 A1A Beach Blvd.   904-461-9990…(Friday night only)
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites – St. Augustine, I-95 – 305 Outlet Mall Blvd.- St. Augustine, FL  -(904) 810-9892
  • Wingate Hotel by Wyndham – 2465 SR 16 Near the Outlets and I95 904-824-9229
  • Magic Beach Hotel – 50 Vilano Rd Vilano Beach 904-342-5263
  • Comfort Suites Downtown -42 San Marco Ave – 904-829-2292
  • Comfort Inn & Suites – 2367 SR 16 Near the Outlets and I95- 904-824-0355 (They will do a one night stay.) Call hotel.
  • Comfort Suites- 475 Commerce Lake Dr. At World Village 904- 940-9500
  • Comfort Suites- 475 Commerce Lake Dr. At World Village 904- 940-9500
  • Hilton Garden Inn – 45 PGA Tour Blvd Ponte Vedra Beach At TPC 904-280-1661 ( The shuttle buses will not be going up to Ponte Vedra that I know of but you could park at the Saint Augustine Airport and take the shuttle in from there)
  • Castillo Real Resort Hotel- 530 A1A Beach Blvd- At the Beach- 904-471-3505 – This is a great location at the beach, 2 night minimum stay ( Shuttle Stop)
  • La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites-   810 A1A Beach Blvd.  St. Augustine Beach, FL -904-471-2220
  • St. Augustine Ocean & Racquet Club -880 A1A Beach Blvd- At the Beach- 904-471-0932- Condos on the beach- 2 night minimum stay. (I have stayed there before. Great spot to walk out on the beach.)
  • Crescent Beach Vacation Condos – 8550 A1A south, Crescent Beach- 904 794-7956
  • Summerhouse Beach & Racquet Club, Inc.- 8550 A1A South- Crescent Beach- 904-471-1990 – Two and three bedroom condos- 3 night minimum stay.
  • The Beach House- 2 Ocean Trace Rd-Butler Beach-(904) 471-2626. One & Two Bedroom units available starting at $499.00 for two nights.
  • Sunshine Realty has some beach houses available. 904-471-9259
  • Sovereign & Jacobs Property Management: 904- 471 0721
    • 1 bedroom at Ocean Village Club, on the shuttle route at a cost of $401.50 including taxes and cleaning for 3 nights.
    • 2 bedroom at Summerhouse, not on the shuttle route, at a cost of $469.70 including taxes and cleaning for 3 nights.
  • Coastal Realty has some units available- 904-471-6606


A Really Unique and Fun Ghost Tour in St Augustine FL

We have lots of friends and family that visit us in St. Augustine. We basically live  like tourists at least one week a month. We go on lots of tours, we visit lots of attractions and do a lot of eating and drinking when we have guests in town. We are always trying new things  to find the best experiences to share with our guests and because we love to have fun.

Next month, I have a friend coming in who likes ghost tours, so I wanted to try the “Spirits with Spirits” Paranormal Pub Crawl Tour.  St. Augustine Historic Walking Tours does this particular tour. Some of the ghost tours in St. Augustine can be a little hokey if you’re not into this type of thing, but this one looked different. Read More→

Mumford & Sons Gentlemen Of The Road Tour Stopover Information-St Augustine FL

Mumford & Sons, Gentlemen of the Road Tour Stopover.

  •  Sept 13th -14th
  • Francis Field
  • Friday’s : Gates open at 4:00p.m.-
  • Saturday Gates open at 1:00 p.m.
  • Official lineups and set times for the St. Augustine Stopover
  • Friday
    4:00 Gates Open
    6:00 Willy Mason
    6:50 Thao & The Get Down Stay Down
    7:55 The Walkmen
    9:15 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosSaturday
    1:00 Gates Open
    1:45 Bear’s Den
    2:35 Those Darlins
    3:25 Half Moon Run
    4:20 Justin Townes Earle
    5:25 The Vaccines
    6:40 FUN.
    8:00 Mumford & Sons
    9:55 Yacht Club DJs 

It’s going to be an exciting weekend in Saint Augustine, Florida. The two-day concert event, will be bringing 25,000 people to our beautiful historic city. The latest news is that the city is trying to put together a satellite parking location at the San Augustine airport. They are also working out the logistics for at least five shuttle routes to move concertgoers and locals  throughout the city. The proposed shuttle routes would be:

  • St Augustine Airport parking lot to Francis Field
  • Downtown to St Augustine Beach
  • Downtown to Crescent Beach/ SR 206
  • Downtown to World Golf Village
  • Downtown to SR 16

The shuttles run all day until 3 AM in the morning. Shuttle buses will run every 15 to 30 minutes. The cost for a two day shuttle pass will be $ 30.00 There is also a bike plan proposed. Whether you are visitor or a local there will be designated bike valet areas to Park your bike. There will be some road closures on the days of the event. Orange Street and Castillo will be closed to all traffic. If you are resident you will also need identification to get into several neighborhoods north and south of Francis Field.

Lawn chairs will not be permitted in Francis Field. You are allowed to bring a towel to sit on. You are also allowed to bring a stroller if need be, but as the police chief said, “you better have a baby in it.”

These Items are allowed in the concert area:

Sunscreen (in non-metal and non-aerosol containers)
Small backpacks
Strollers and essential items for childcare needs
One (1) sealed bottled of water per person
Photo proof of age (required for sale of alcohol)

REMEMBER: All patrons and their belongings are subject to search and prohibited items will be removed at the discretion of the security staff. These items are subject to change at anytime and at the discretion of the safety staff.

These Items Will Not Be Allowed In:

Food & Drink (One (1) sealed bottled of water per person is allowed)
Illegal substances of any kind
Lawn chairs
Glow sticks
Silly string
Spray paint
Pets (Service dogs will be permitted)
Glass containers and metal aerosol cans, including sunscreen in aerosol cans
Scooters or personal motorized vehicles
Audio or video recording devices
Cameras with detachable lenses
No unauthorized vendors will be permitted
No unauthorized solicitations, handbills, sampling, giveaways.
Patrons With Mobility Limitations
The festival is held outdoors in a park.  There will be a lot of natural terrain to travel over and if it rains it could become muddy.

Wheelchairs, power wheelchairs and small three or four-wheeled scooters are allowed in the festival.

Service Animals
Pets are NOT allowed at the festival however service animals, which are trained to provide assistance to a patron with a disability, ar

Special Dietary Needs
If a patron has a special dietary restriction, those items will be allowed onto festival grounds if accompanied by a doctor’s note.

Any medically necessary medicine and materials must be in the name of the patron.  Your ID will be matched with the label on the items brought to the festival.  Please dispose of any medical waste and syringes at the First Aid stations found around the festival grounds. Please do not dispose of them in trash bins.


Concertgoers will be able to come and go in and out of the concert on both days. This is wonderful news. Between this and the shuttle service those attending the concert will be able to visit our beautiful beaches and our many restaurants and bars in the historic downtown area. Many bars and restaurants will be joining in the festivities and having special Mumford and Sons promotional events.

We will continue to update this page for concertgoers and locals too. If you are a local area business and want to provide information to concert goers feel free to email us at

Mumford and Son’s has chosen St. Augustine because we are a very special, historic city. We encourage you to spend some extra time here exploring all we have to offer. You will find local reviews for restaurants and attractions, parking information, information on our beaches and anything else to make your trip more enjoyable on this website. Please feel free to use our ask a local feature to ask any questions you may have about our beautiful city.

Mumford and Son’s felt that St. Augustine fit in with their mission and their vision for their stopover tour. They wanted to leave a special legacy footprint on the oldest city in the nation. The locals here in St. Augustine have a vision too, we want you to fall in love with our history, architecture, and people. We want you to come back again and again and make this place your home.



The Best Cuban Sandwich I’ve Ever Had on the Oldest Street in Saint Augustine

Even when it rains, St. Augustine is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever laid eyes on. I was meeting a business associate for a quick lunch downtown and she suggested we eat at La Herencia Café. It is located on historic, picturesque Aviles Street. This street is a photographer’s dream! It’s dotted with eateries and shops and has wrought-iron tables lining the sidewalks that  just beg you to sit down, relax and be transported to another world.


We were in the middle of  a  sun shower, so we chose the window seat inside with a view of this magnificent street. What are you having I asked my friend?  “The Cuban with rice and beans,” she said. “I’m having it with potato salad,” I said. And so two locals are sitting in the window at La Herencia Café awaiting the best Cuban sandwich in St. Augustine. This sandwich is incredible and huge. We each ended up taking half of it home for another meal. The beans and rice here are phenomenal and the potato salad has just the right Cuban kick. The owner roasts the pork for this sandwich daily.  It is seasoned to perfection and simply mouthwatering. Even the bread for this Cuban is specifically made for it. I was told it is a Miami style sandwich.

I have never had breakfast here but  I have heard from other locals that it is so delicious that they were featured in a PBS special. I can’t wait to have an opportunity to try this specific dish that PBS raved about –  The Guajiro Omelet. This breakfast dish is a combination of an omelet cooked to perfection sitting on top of toasted Cuban bread, topped with black beans, pork, salsa and cheese. No wonder this dish made television.

Guajiro-featured on PBS “Breakfast Special”


Whether you’re stopping in for coffee and dessert, a delicious hot breakfast to start your day or the “locals favorite” Cuban sandwich, you won’t be disappointed. Sit back, relax and enjoy the view.

“Know What The Locals Know”

4 Aviles Street
St. Augustine, FL 32084
ph: 904-829-9487