By Summer Brons
Saint Augustine
Florida
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North America’s oldest European settlement is that of Saint Augustine, Florida. The city’s extensive history, beautiful beaches and endless array of activities make it a favored vacation destination year after year. EscapeWizard.com invites you to plan your Saint Augustine travels with us!

The closest major airport to Saint Augustine is the Jacksonville International Airport (JAX), located about 45 miles from the city. Book your flight using EscapeWizard.com by clicking (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to take advantage of our great rates on airfare. Be sure check us out for hotels as well, just click (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to browse available St. Augustine accommodations.

Needless to say, the historical sites in Saint Augustine are numerous. To get you started, EscapeWizard.com recommends visiting the Lightner Museum. This unique venue houses everything from shrunken heads to stuffed lions in what was once Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel. The Saint Augustine Lighthouse and Museum is another great stop, where climbing to the top of the 1875 lighthouse will yield stunning views of the city. Another must-see is the Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum, housed in the Castle Warden constructed in 1887. Besides the museum, Ripley also has sightseeing train tours and a ghost train tour for the more adventurous. Don’t miss the Saint Augustine Pirate and Treasure Museum, complete with pirate artifacts and shipwreck treasures; or take a boating excursion to catch a glimpse of wild dolphins.

With a mild climate year-round, EscapeWizard.com certainly suggests enjoying yourself on Saint Augustine’s lovely beaches. Although there are several beaches to choose from, a visit to Guana River State Park is particularly special. This 2,000 acre sanctuary is home to endangered species, ample recreational activities and miles of undeveloped beach. After an afternoon of working on your tan, why not experience Saint Augustine’s fantastic shopping opportunities? Whether you’re wandering the historic downtown streets or perusing the nearby outlet malls, the city is the perfect place to find everything from snazzy new clothes to one of a kind, handcrafted gifts. Lovers of arts and antiques will be particularly at home here with selections from around the world.

As many coastal tourist towns do, Saint Augustine has a fantastic culinary scene and a bustling nightlife. From upscale fine-dining restaurants to quaint cafes tucked into historic hideaways, you can indulge in fresh seafood and tempting flavors from all over the globe. Then, slip into that new shirt and relax with a martini while looking out over the water, or find a lively dance floor and get moving. No matter your evening interests, Saint Augustine is sure to have a venue that pleases. As always, EscapeWizard.com reminds you to enjoy the nightlife responsibly!

With far more to see and do than EscapeWizard.com can cover here, a visit to Saint Augustine is a must for full appreciation. This city is truly unique to any other in the United States thanks to its early origins and excellent preservation, making the friendly faces and breathtaking scenery simply icing on the cake. Book your own Saint Augustine vacation with EscapeWizard.com today and see this living showcase all for yourself.
Hotels in Saint Augustine
By Adam J. Mohney
Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine
401 A1A Beach Boulevard, Saint Augustine, FL
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Visit America's oldest city in a comfortable and serene setting by booking Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine Beach on EscapeWizard.com now. Less than a half-mile from beach access, Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine also lies in close proximity to other attractions such as an alligator farm, fishing opportunities and many museums that detail the city's historic settlement as a Spanish port town on Florida's eastern coast.

All rooms booked through EscapeWizard.com at Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine Beach provide premium amenities for comfort and connectivity. Each room includes in-room climate control with air conditioning and the popular Garden Sleep System bed, as well as ironing supplies and a hairdryer. Also included with each room or suite is a work desk, 32-inch LCD HDTV with HBO, USA Today newspaper deliveries and two telephones with voicemail. Guests will also appreciate the free wireless internet access in every room and suite.

Saint Augustine is a unique experience, and Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine Beach provides you with the resources to see what you should and allows you to continue your daily life simultaneously. The business center allows working travelers to stay connected to the office on the go, while the fitness room lets guests keep up with their workout routines. Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine also provides sight seeing tours, which are a must for all travelers. Also on-site is a swimming pool, which is a great place to swim or relax after long days in the Floridian sun.

Guests of Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine can start their day with a hearty breakfast right at the hotel. The Great American Grill provides a diverse American-style breakfast at the hotel in a relaxed, casual environment. Room service is also offered in the mornings and the Pavilion Pantry, open 24 hours a day, provides snacks, refreshments and anything you may have forgotten in your suitcase.

A vacation in America's oldest city is only a few clicks away. Book your vacation in Saint Augustine, Florida and appreciate a unique take on American history, some time in the sun and the comfort affiliated wit the Hilton brand of hotels. Click the following link to reserve your room at Hilton Garden Inn Saint Augustine Beach on EscapeWizard.com today (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Saint Augustine
By Keleigh M. Quinn
Hilton Saint Augustine Historic Bayfront
32 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, Florida
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Enjoy the history and beauty of St. Augustine when you stay at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront hotel. This hotel consists of 19 buildings built in the Spanish Colonial style, and offers beautiful views, high class amenities and access to endless activities. Go swim, play and relax at the pristine beaches, just a few miles away, or head to the World Golf Village and hit the links. The Spanish Quarter is within walking distance and offers shopping, restaurants and historical charm. Nearby attractions include The Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum, the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park.

This small hotel is big on charm. The Grand Ballroom, which can hold up to 100 guests, is an ideal place for a wedding. There are also meeting spaces available and you can rent Audio/Visual equipment, if needed. Visit the Business Center if you need to get some work done while traveling, and take advantage of the fax machine, copying service, and express mail. For those more focused on relaxing, dive into the large outdoor pool or soothe yourself in the whirlpool. There is also a fully equipped fitness center with weights and treadmills.

In the morning, sample the breakfast buffet at the Aviles Restaurant and Lounge. Lunch and dinner are also available at this renowned restaurant where Spanish, French, Asian and Mediterranean flavors are mixed and combined to create unique, tasty dishes.

Guest rooms and suites are tastefully decorated and comfortable; some even have whirlpool tubs. You can choose either one king or two queen beds in the guest rooms, while suites offer a king bed in a larger space. You will also have a desk area and complimentary high speed internet access. Many of the rooms overlook either the bay or the city, and some have private balconies.

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