Coastal Realty Visitor’s Guide

Coastal Realty’s Visitor’s Guide is helpful as you plan your trip to the Nation’s Oldest City. The guide includes festivals & historical reenactments, adventures just for kids, rainy day activities, summer concerts, Amphitheatre shows. locals’ favorite watering holes, guest restaurant recommendations, guest attraction recommendations, beach, bike, & boat rentals, and Houses of Worship. The guides are included in all check-in packets for rentals and timeshares, but you can click on the link below to access this valuable aid as your plan your trip to beautiful St. Augustine. When you arrive, the printed guide you receive will help you find family friendly and adult activities to explore while you are here. Whether you visit year after year or this is your first visit, let us help you plan for the perfect vacation.

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Lakeside Sculpture Garden

Saturday after Saturday I travel down A1A on Anastasia Island heading to work at the main office of Coastal Realty and every Saturday I pass by this interesting sculpture garden on the east side of A1A, and every Saturday I say to myself, “I really need to stop and check this place out.”

I finally made good on this promise to myself and stopped by with my camera to take photos. This park is a little gem and a delightful place to spend some time.

The small Lakeside Park and Sculpture Garden, at 2340 A1A South, just behind the St. Augustine Beach City Hall, is home to about a dozen carved statues by local sculptor Thomas Glover. The pieces are quite interesting and  intricate. On the afternoon I visited, several people were there enjoying the artwork, the boardwalk along the lake and getting some exercise. Photographers, in particular, will find interesting photo opportunities here.

Along with the sculptures, the park also features a Veteran’s Memorial consisting of a circle of pillars, plaques, and flags dedicated to area veterans of wars.

In addition, there are several benches for resting and enjoying the sculptures, and the wooden boardwalk that lines the water and allows visitors to watch birds, turtles, minnows, and the occasional jumping fish.

There also is a “doggie bag” receptacle for patrons who wish to walk their dogs in the park (and clean up afterward).

For a short glimpse of this beautiful park, please view the video below.

Admission is free and the public is invited.

Where: 2340 A1A South, from access road behind the St. Augustine Beach City Hall

Planning a vacation to St. Augustine? Coastal Realty has many resources to guide you in planning.

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Windjammer Condominiums – St. Augustine, FL

Windjammer is located at beautiful Crescent Beach, a short drive from historic downtown St. Augustine, FL. These two and three-bedroom condominiums have a spectacular view of the ocean and our Intracoastal Waterway.
Fish the Intracoastal Waterway from our private fishing dock. Swim in the pool, sun on the white sandy beach, and play tennis on our private courts. All units are individually owned and decorated and totally furnished with everything you need for a relaxing vacation.
Each unit has a well-equipped full size kitchen and private balcony or patio. Our Rental Manager is available to help you Monday thru Friday from 8:00am to 4:00pm, and we have 24 hour emergency support for our guests.
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Windjammer amenities include:

  • – Ocean Front Condos
    – Spectacular views
    – Two and Three Bedrooms
    – Gated Community
    – Pool
    – Tennis Courts
    – Fishing Dock
    – Internet Access in Units
    – Elevators
    – Permitted Parking Garage
    – Private Boardwalk to Crescent Beach
    – Washer/Dryer in Units
    – All Non-Smoking Rentals
    – No Pets Allowed in any rentals
    – Weekly, Monthly Rentals

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2017 Women’s Expo – Roaring 20s Theme

2017 Women’s Expo – Ocean Village Club

The 2017 Women’s Expo will be held February 17, 2017 at 2:00 P.M. in the Ocean Village Clubhouse, 4250 A1A South. This event is always fun and a chance to see and purchase unique items  with our vendors, enjoy great food, and have the chance to win some great prizes with our prize and 50/50 raffle which will be benefitting the St. Augustine Hurricane Hope Fund.

The Women’s Expo theme is the Roaring 20s, so get your “Great Gatsby” vibe going, come in costume, and enjoy this great event.

2017 Women's Expo

There are many wonderful vendors participating in this event:

  • Author – Becky Alexander
  • Coastal Realty Sales – Kay Huston
  • Creative Jewelry – Annah Lands
  • Dancing with Victoria – Annmarie and Victoria
  • Granny Scent Shop – Sylvia McKersie
  • Hurricane Hope Fund T-Shirts – Erica
  • Lularoe – Michelle Blais
  • Mary Kay – Lisa Peterson
  • Oyster Creek Outfitters – Jillian
  • Paintings – Christine Sullivan
  • Pampered Chef – Tisha Money
  • Scentsy – Becky Walker
  • This & That Shop – Christine Papile
  • Sweet City Cupcakes
  • Terra Fina Products

Coastal Realty sponsors several charity events through the year and there are always interesting things going on in this historic and popular vacation destination. Check out the links below for help in planning your vacation.

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Coastal Realty Charity Golf Tournament

The 2017 Coastal Realty Charity Golf Tournament benefiting K9s for Warriors will be held on March 18 at the St. Augustine Shores Golf Club, 707 Shores Blvd. Shotgun start happens at 9:00 AM.

Golfers will compete for prizes and there will be a raffle for other prizes such as dinner at local restaurants up to vacation rentals provided through some of our wonderful condo owners whose properties are managed by Coastal Realty.

If you are interested in participating in this event, please contact Deborah Alley at deborah.alley@coastalrealtyfl.com, 800-587-2287 or 904-471-6006.

The charity we are supporting through this tournament is K9s for Warriors.  K9s For Warriors is dedicated to providing service canines to our Warriors suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disability, traumatic brain injury and/or military sexual trauma as a result of military service post-9/11. Their goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence. They have seen tremendous success in the men and women who have completed the K9 For Warriors program. Many have reunited with their families, gone back to school and have significantly reduced their medications. K9s For Warriors is a tax-exempt 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization.

You can read more about them here: www.k9sforwarriors.org/

Coastal hosted the first Charity Golf Tournament in 2016 which also benefited K9s for Warriors. Our inaugural event was quite successful and we would like to build on that first one to make this one even better and more successful to provide more assistance to this most worthwhile charity. Check out the video from the 2016 event.

Will you be visiting St. Augustine during this Golf Tournament, already a guest of Coastal Realty, or an owner?  You are welcome to participate. Check out the links below to help you plan your St. Augustine vacation.

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School of the 16th Century

The School of the 16th Century will be presented by the Historic Florida Militia’s Men of Menendez at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park on Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. This annual event includes period reenactors portraying life as it was 450 years ago in St. Augustine. Visitors can see weapons and cooking demonstrations, while they learn about all facets of 16th-century camp life. Coastal’s own Susan Stephens is a reenactor and will be participating in the cooking demonstrations. 

The School of the 16th Century is a  historically authentic event that is great for the whole family. It is educational and entertaining at the same time, with training drills and interpretations going on all day. Visitors can browse displays of 16th-century artifacts and matchlock firearms and see swords, crossbows, pikes and cannon being used in live demonstrations.

The School of the 16th Century is the only Historic Florida Militia event in which visitors in non-period clothing are welcome to participate in the educational and weapons training. (Clothing must be made of all natural fibers for safety reasons.)

Admission: The event is free with regular park admission: $15 for adults, $14 for seniors (60+), $9 for children ages 6-12, and free for toddlers 5 and under.

When: Saturday, February 4, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where: The Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park is located at 11 Magnolia Ave. in St. Augustine.

For more information, call (904) 829-3168 or visit here and here.

school of 16th century cannon fire

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Beach Blast Off

There have been so many wonderful activities here in beautiful St. Augustine to bring 2016 to a delightful end. The culminating activity was the Beach Blast at the St. Augustine Pier on December 31. The Beach Blast Off  was a New Year’s Eve extravaganza with live music, delicious food and drinks, a kids’ zone, and a fireworks show. It was definitely a family-friendly event.

The Comfort Zone offered 30 food vendors and a beer, champagne and wine tent. Local bands provided the music and a 65-inch TV kept everyone up-to-the-minute with the New Year’s Eve festivities in Times Square and around the world. This year’s event featured a rock wall, and a mechanical bull, and other rides. The Kids’ Zone area included several inflatables and activities such as face painting and balloon twisting. The fireworks display to music took place at 8:30 p.m., with the after-party continuing until 10:00 p.m.  It was a magnificent display for a town our size and one visitor was overheard remarking it was better than some large cosmopolitan displays he had seen. Quite a compliment for our little town!

Check out this short slideshow of the event:  https://youtu.be/KnfeobQ_krI

Shuttles were provided from several parking areas on Anastasia Island to accommodate the crowds, although I must say, I was glad to have a beach chair with me as the wait to return to our car was quite lengthy as we parked in one of the most popular spots, so if you come next year, be prepared for the wait and if you have little ones to get home, I would suggest leaving right after the fireworks display if you are using the shuttle service.

Planning a St. Augustine vacation for 2017? There are always many activities planned for every season and of course, our great history and beautiful beaches. Check out the resources below, especially our St. Augustine Visitor Guide.

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New Year’s Eve Events

The holidays are always full of fun events and activities in beautiful St. Augustine, FL and New Year’s Eve will be no exception with many restaurants open and events planned.

Beach Blast-Off
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/beach-blast?ref=newyears

Open Restaurants/Bars
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/new-years-eve

Tasting Tours
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/tasting-tours-nights-lights-tours

Dressing of the Palms
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/dressing-palms

Native Sun Boat Tours
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/native-sun-boat-tours-nights-lights-tours

Gold Tours
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/gold-tours-private-nights-lights-tour

Eco Tours
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/eco-tours-nights-lights-boat-tour

Florida Water Tours
https://www.visitstaugustine.com/event/florida-water-tours-nights-lights-tours

Nights of Lights
http://www.floridashistoriccoast.com/nights-lights

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Nights of Lights Scheduled Events

I recently posted a few of the activities scheduled during the holiday season, but there are many, many festivities ahead during the Nights of Lights.  I just ran across this nice list with links of all the Nights of Lights scheduled events.

Nights of Lights Scheduled Events

December 3   —  8:55am  Reindeer Run
December 3   —  9:00am  63rd Annual Christmas Parade
December 3   — 2:00pm & 7:00pm  St. Augustine Winter Spectacular
December 3   — 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 3   — 7:00pm  Colonial Night Watch & Torch Parade
December 4   — 12:00pm  Garden Club Tour of Homes
December 4   —  4:00pm  Carols and Messiah – UNF Chamber Singers
December 4   — 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 7   —  7:00pm  Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse
December 9   —  5:00pm  Elf Jr. The Musical
December 9   —  8:00pm  St. Augustine Orchestra Home for the Holidays Concert
December 10 —  8:00am  Santa Suits on the Loose 5K
December 10 —  1:00pm  23rd Annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour
December 10 —  2:00pm 6th Annual Firefighter Chili Cookoff
December 10 —  5:00pm  Elf Jr. The Musical
December 10  — 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 10 —  6:00pm  Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 10 —  6:00pm  Holiday Open House at Castillo de San Marcos
December 10 —  8:00pm  St. Augustine Community Chorus “A Ceremony of Carols”
December 11 — 11:00am  Elf Jr. The Musical
December 11 —  1:00pm  23rd Annual St. Augustine Bed & Breakfast Holiday Tour
December 11 —  2:00pm  St. Augustine Community Chorus “A Ceremony of Carols”
December 11  — 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 17 —  2:30pm & 7:00pm  St. Augustine Ballet “Nutcracker” Performance
December 17  — 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 17 —  7:00pm  Las Posadas del Viejo San Agustín / The Posadas of Old St. Augustine
December 18 —  2:30pm & 7:00pm  St. Augustine Ballet “Nutcracker” Performance
December 18  — 5:00pm  Santa, Mrs. Claus, and Christmas Carolers
December 22 — 8:00pm It’s A Wonderful Life Live Radio Play
December 31  — 4:00pm  Beach Blast Off 2017

Nights of Lights Scheduled Events Music While You Wait

November 25th through December 30th, Old Town Trolley in partnership with St. Johns County School Groups presents local musical acts to listen to including Ancient City Brass Band.  Hosted at the Visitor Information Center Trolley Station on select nights, guests can enjoy holiday entertainment while waiting for the Famous Nights of Lights Trolley.

Famous Nights of Lights Trolley Entertainment Schedule

11/25 — Florida Brass Quintet
11/26 — St. Augustine High School
12/02 — Alice B Landrum Middle School Jazz Band
12/03 — Nease High School Chorus
12/09 — Nease High School Chorus
12/10 — Fruit Cove Jazz nsemble
12/16 — Pedro Menendez High School Band
12/17 — Gamble Rogers Middle School Jazz Band
12/18 — Showtime U.S.A. Saint Augustine
12/19 — St. Augustine High School Chorus
12/20 — Skin and Bonz
12/21 — St. Augustine High School Band
12/22 — Florida Brass Quintet
12/23 — St. Augustine Community Band
12/26 — Ancient City Brass Band
12/27 — Ancient City Brass Band
12/28 — Ancient City Brass Band
12/29 — Ancient City Brass Band
12/30 — Ancient City Brass Band

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Holiday Events

It’s always a wonderful time to be in St. Augustine, but December is even more wonderful with many holiday events planned here in our beautiful city.

Read on for a list of many of the holiday events planned this year.

St. Augustine Winter Spectacular
Nov. 30- Dec. 1: This original production, written and directed by Stephanie Burkhardt, executive artistic director of The Dance Company, debuts at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St. A family-friendly production, the show will feature different scenes that comprise a storyline which follows a young girl’s journey home for the holidays. A matinee performance is 2 p.m. Dec. 1 in the same location. Go to staugustinewinterspectacular.com for tickets.

The Innkeeper Presents: We Call Him Savior
Anastasia Baptist Church presents its Christmas production “The Innkeeper Presents: We Call Him Savior” at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 and at 6:00 p.m. Dec. 4  at its Island Campus, 1650 State Road A1A S. The play is a blend of theater, music and dance, written and produced by church members Ray and Donna Garner. Before the play, attendees will be able to visit with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and the shepherds in the church’s atrium. Light refreshments will be served and family photos will be taken as well. A Christmas carol sing-along will add to the festivities. For information, call 471-2166.

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Revue
Dec.1: As part of “A December to Remember,” The St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host the Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Holiday Revue. One of America’s great swing revival bands, BBVD has appeared on Dancing With the Stars, Jay Leno’s Tonight Show and other film and TV productions. Beginning at 6 p.m., the free concert sponsored by the Community First Credit Union.  Call  904-471-1965 or go to staugamphitheatre.com.

Luminary Night at the St. Augustine Lighthouse
Dec. 4: The grounds of the St. Augustine Lighthouse will be outlined with more than 1,000 luminaries from 6 to 9 p.m. Climb to the top of the Lighthouse to see the acclaimed Night of Lights, enjoy holiday music, cider, and visit with Santa. Admission for the evening is free and includes performances from the St. Augustine High School chorus and Spanish guitar club as well as the Anastasia String Quartet. Children can join in at the crafts table and make their own ornaments or get their photo with Santa at the Visitor’s Center. Call 904-829-0745 or go to StAugustineLighthouse.org.

Handel’s Messiah
Dec. 5: As part of  “A December to Remember,” the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall presents Handel’s Messiah performed by the University of North Florida Chamber Singers & Chamber Orchestra.  Sponsored by Community First Credit Union, the performance begins at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.).  Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. Call 904-209-0399 or go to pvconcerthall.com.

Holiday Dance Show
Dec. 5: As part of “A December to Remember,” the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will host Murray Middle School Center of the Arts holiday dance performance. The 7 p.m. show is free, sponsored by the Community First Credit Union and admission is free. Call 904-471-1965 or go to staugamphitheatre.com

Dressing of the Palms in Vilano Beach
Dec. 5-Jan. 4: The second annual Dressing of the Palms along Vilano Beach features palm trees decorated in holiday finery — a celebration of coastal living.  The trees showcase creative talents of residents, artists, businesses, clubs, schools and organizations.  Prizes will be awarded at the Vilano Beach Sunset Celebration on Dec. 7.  Call 904-910-8386 or go to VilanoBeachFL.com

A Christmas Carol
Dec. 6- Dec.7: Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” will be presented at 7:30 p.m. by A Classic Theatre Company at the Pioneer Barn at Fort Menendez, 259 San Marco Ave.  All tickets are $25. Call 904-829-5807 or go to aclassictheatre.org.

39th Annual British Night Watch
Dec. 6-7: Celebrate the 250th anniversary of Florida’s designation as a British colony. This year’s British Night Watch features two days of immersion into St. Augustine’s British past with tours of an army camp, demonstrations and the ever-popular Night Watch parade through the streets of the Ancient City. The British Colonial Encampment at Francis Field on West Castillo Drive is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Dec. 6; and 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 7. The Grande Illumination Parade begins at 8 p.m. at the Plaza de la Constitucion and the public is encouraged to join in and march behind the Redcoats as they circle the historic district before returning to the Plaza where they will fire musket Volleys of Joy — followed by Christmas caroling. Go to britishnightwatch.org for more details.

Planning a December vacation? Click on the links below for available condos (we are running specials on many units!) and help in planning your holiday vacation and our many holiday events.

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Nights of Lights

Millions of sparkling white lights are about to transform the Nation’s Oldest City into a magical world as the world-famous Nights of Lights is set to begin on Saturday, November 19 and continues through January 31.

Check out the links below to help you plan your visit to see the festive display.

Nights of Lights General Information

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About the Nights of Lights

Parking for Nights of Lights

Arts and Culture

Nights of Lights Information

Light-Up Night November 19, 2016

Nights of Lights

Holiday Tours – Green Trains

Holiday Tours – Red Trains

You will definitely want more than one night to not only enjoy the Nights of Lights, but everything else this wonderful city has to offer visitors. Coastal Realty offers near the ocean to oceanfront condo rentals. Click on the links below to check availability and photos.

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Our Visitor’s Guide offers invaluable information as you plan your trip. You will also receive a copy of the guide upon check-in and also our C.O.A.S.T.A.L Business Partnership card which offers some great discounts with local businesses. .

St. Augustine Visitor Guide

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