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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Free Summer Fun in St. Augustine

Free summer fun is easy to find in historic St. Augustine. Enjoying the beach is a number one activity as our beaches are among the top-rated in the country. But if you want to venture off the beach, there are plenty of other free summer fun activities.

MUSIC BY THE SEA

This FREE concert series is held from 7 to 9 p.m. every Wednesday through September 13 at the St. Augustine Beach Pier Pavilion, 350 A1A Beach Blvd., St. Augustine Beach. The series features a wide variety of music including jazz, blues, classic rock, pop, reggae, disco and country. In addition to the music, guests can dine before the show with a different local restaurant each week. All items are priced at $10 or less. Bring a cooler, a beach chair, and get ready for the best entertainment in all of Northeast Florida. Dogs are permitted as long as they are leashed. Admission is always FREE. Go to www.sabca.org

CONCERTS IN THE PLAZA

St. Augustine’s summer-long music series, returns for its 27th season serving up some of the best musical entertainment in northeast Florida. The free two hour concerts are held every Thursday at 7 p.m.  continuing through the end of August on the gazebo stage in the Plaza de la Constitucion, in downtown St. Augustine across from the Cathedral Basilica. Admission is FREE. Go to www.ConcertsInThePlaza.com

FREE SUMMER MOVIES

The FREE summer film series called Movies by the Bay begins at 8:30 p.m. every Wednesday through Aug. 9 at the Colonial Quarter, 33 Saint George St., hosted by Ripley’s St. Augustine and the Colonial Oak Music Park. Admission is FREE. Stay updated at www.facebook.com/saintaugustineripleys

MOVIE SCHEDULE
July 19: Monster Trucks — PG

July 26: Finding Dory — PG
August 2: Lego Batman — PG
August 9: Moana — PG

Other Free Activities

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Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

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Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

Beautiful St. Augustine Beaches!

Beautiful St. Augustine’s beaches stretch from Vilano Beach north of the city to Crescent Beach in the south. The Intracoastal Waterway naturally divides the mainland from the barrier islands with their miles of gorgeous coastline with many public areas for beach recreation and relaxation.

This slideshow will give you an idea of the beautiful sunrises and beach views St. Augustine has to offer:

Among the things to do in our fair city, visiting St. Augustine’s beaches are often at the top of the list. St Augustine’s beaches provide a variety of options, from peaceful State Parks to public beaches only a block or two from restaurants.

Observe beach rules for safety and to preserve the natural habitats and keep in mind that no alcohol or glass is allowed on the beach itself. Pets must be kept on a leash as well. Personal watercraft vehicles must be launched from area boat ramps and not directly from the beach.

Handicapped Beach Wheelchairs

St. Johns County has three wheelchairs specially designed to roll on the sand so that everyone in your family can experience the fun of the beach. Rentals are free and the county will even drop the chair off to you on the beach. Just call the St. Johns County Beach Services Department at (904) 209-0752 to request one of the three available chairs for your visit. They are given out on first come, first serve basis. You can choose delivery (applies to any beach in St. Johns County) or pick one up at 901 Pope Road, St. Augustine, FL 32080.

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach is located in the southern area of St. Johns County. It is situated on Anastasia Island, a wildlife refuge. It is one of the most scenic, unspoiled beaches in Florida. Crescent beach offers boating, diving, fishing, and many other attractions.

Location: Just south of the intersection at A1A and State Road 206 about 15 minutes south of historic downtown St. Augustine.

St. Augustine Beach

St. Augustine Beach is located on Anastasia Island where you can enjoy white sand beaches, the St. Johns County Pier, a playground, pavilion, fishing pier, volleyball courts, bait shops, fine restaurants, shopping and more.  Vehicles are permitted on the beach within designated areas.

Location: Old A1A Beach Boulevard south of State Road 312 at the St. Johns County Pier, less than five minutes from downtown St. Augustine.

Anastasia State Park and Recreation Area

Anastasia State Recreation Park is a protected bird sanctuary and consists of 1,700-acres and five miles of beautiful, sandy beaches. It features swimming, lifeguards, a bath house, hiking, nature trails, a boat ramp, fishing, a volleyball court, beach equipment rentals such as umbrellas and beach chairs, canoes, nature trails, grills and picnic areas, concessions, a covered pavilion, gift shops, playgrounds, and camping. Vehicles are prohibited from driving on the beach in this area.

Location: 1340 A1A South between the St. Augustine Lighthouse and the Surf Station approximately one mile from the Bridge of Lions on Anastasia Island. Phone: (904) 461-2033. Hours and Admission fees:Hours are generally 8:00 am until sundown, unless camping overnight. Admission is $8.00 per vehicle. 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.

Vilano Beach

This serene beach is a local “best-kept secret” offering a wide variety of vacation rentals, lodging, waterfront restaurants, the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier, parasailing and Sea Doo rentals and several parks. Be sure to visit Surfside Park, at 3070 Coastal Highway, and enjoy a picnic shelter, beach access and outside showers. You can charter a deep sea fishing boat or a sailboat from this area. Vehicles are permitted on the beach within designated areas.

Location: North A1A just over the Usina Bridge, less than five minutes from historic downtown St. Augustine.

North (Usina) Beach

North Beach offers a serene oceanside environment where you can enjoy the ocean and the Intracoastal waterway. North Beach features great seafood restaurants, boat ramps, a picnic area with grills, as well as restrooms and showers.

Location: North A1A just past Vilano Beach, approximately five minutes from downtown St. Augustine.

South Ponte Vedra Beach

South Ponte Vedra Beach is located in northern St. Johns County and just south of Ponte Vedra, which is home base for the PGA Tour, the Players Championship each spring, and the Association of Tennis Professionals Tour. You’ll find many resorts, upscale shopping opportunities and parks. However, beach access is limited and no vehicles are permitted on the beaches.

Location: North A1A about 20 minutes from downtown St. Augustine.

Guana River State Park

Guana River State Park is a 2,000 acre sanctuary for endangered species. Recreational activities are many and varied. It features two public beach access facilities, consisting of parking lots and associated dune crossover boardwalks, along a 4.2 mile stretch of otherwise undeveloped beach on the Atlantic Ocean. Swimming, sunbathing, surfing, fishing, shelling and other traditional beach activities are enjoyed here. Pets are prohibited on the beach, but are allowed in other areas of the park on a six-foot, handheld leash. There are no overnight camping facilities or developed picnic areas. For a calendar of events or more information, visit their web site.

Location: 2690 S. Ponte Vedra Boulevard,Ponte Vedra Beach, approximately 20 minutes north of St. Augustine on A1A. Phone: (904) 825-5071. Hours: 8:00 am until sundown all year long

Credit: http://www.oldcity.com/beaches/

Other Resources for Planning Your Vacation:

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Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

Historic St. Augustine Part 2

Historic St. Augustine, Part 2

With a legacy of 450 years of history, it is hard to put all that historic St. Augustine has to offer in just one post, so here is the second installment of attractions geared to the history buff in all of us!

Oldest House Museum

14 St. Francis St.
Local Phone: 904-824-2872
This museum is  owned and operated by the St. Augustine Historical Society. Your admission includes a guided tour of the house, the museum, the exhibit gallery, an ornamental garden, and the store. It is Florida’s oldest Spanish Colonial dwelling and a National Historic Landmark. Tours are given daily from 10:00 A.M. – 5:00 P.M.

St. Augustine Old Jail

St. Augustine
 167 San Marco Ave.
Local Phone: 904-829-3800
US Toll Free: 800-397-4071
 Built by Henry Flagler, the Old Jail was purposely designed to look like a fine hotel, but was located some distance away from his “Riviera of the South” hotels located in downtown St. Augustine. Tours guides, dressed as guards, show you the cell blocks, maximum-security area, and the Sheriff’s living quarters. You can also view the gallows in the back area and put yourself or family members in the stocks (just for fun pictures!) No wonder the Old Jail is on the National Register of Haunted Places!

Fort Matanzas National Monument

8635 State Road A1A South
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Local Phone: 904-471-0116

On this site in 1565, the Spanish massacred 245 French Huguenots in a struggle over control of Florida. In 1742, the Spanish built Fort Matanzas (which means massacre, by the way) here, a small-fortified watchtower that guarded the Southern entrance to St. Augustine. Admission to this park is free as is the ferry ride over to the fort. There are also nature trails on the property and beach access on the east side of A1A.

Lightner Museum

 75 King St.
Local Phone: 904-824-2874
This museum is located in what was Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel and holds 19th-century artifacts including natural history exhibits, Tiffany glass, a Victorian Village and antique mechanical musical instruments.
Rates:
12-18: $5.00
Adult: $10.00
Under 12: $0.00 (with a paying adult)

Pena-Peck House

143 Saint George St
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
Local Phone: 904-829-5064
This historic home is open for tours daily. A donation is expected and appreciated for continued preservation of this beautiful home. If you have a group interested in touring the Pena-Peck house, please call for rates and availability.

The gift shop features American-made  handcrafted items as well as baby gifts, children’s clothing, lovely linens, gifts for all occasions and food items that offer a taste of St. Augustine. Looking for a unique souvenir of your time in St. Augustine? They have a beautiful collections of St. Augustine ornaments.

Suggested donation is $5.00.

Memorial Presbyterian Church

 32 Sevilla St.
Local Phone: 904-829-6451

Built in 1889 and dedicated in March 1890, Memorial Presbyterian Church is a memorial to his daughter, Jenny Louise, who died from complications of childbirth. Flagler, his first wife, Mary, Jenny Louise, and granddaughter, Marjorie, are all buried in the family mausoleum on the church grounds. Flagler was the son of a Presbyterian minister and is still considered one of the renowned developers of Florida.
The church is open for visitors Monday-Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. and for worship on Sunday.

Colonial Quarter

33 St. George St.
Local Phone: 904-342-2857
US Toll Free: 888-991-0933
Be prepared to take a trip back in time at the Colonial Quarter, a living history museum. Watch reenactors go about their daily activities of a time long ago as you leave today’s world behind – a great way to experience real life in historic St. Augustine! Check out the free concerts offered on Friday and Saturday nights at the Colonial Oaks venue.
Parking is available at the City of St. Augustine Parking Facility off West Castillo Drive, three blocks north of the museum.

Rates:
Adult: $12.99
Child (ages 5 – 12: $6.99
Child (ages 5 – 12): $6.99
  • Discounts are available

Fort Menendez at the Old Florida Museum

259 San Marco Avenue
US Toll Free: 800-813-3208
Local Phone: 904-824-8874
As you explore Fort Menendez on an interactive trip through time, you will meet colorful characters from early Spanish St. Augustine and the Timucua village of Seloy. Earn gold, trade items, and wager with villagers and other adventurers.

The museum hours are 10:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M. Monday through Saturday.

Rates:
$11.00 – Adults
$8.00 – Children 3 to 18
Ages 2 and under are free.
Discounts available

Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum-St Augustine

 19 San Marco Ave.
Local Phone: 904-824-1606
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum is housed in the Castle Warden, where Marjorie Keenan Rawlings (author of The Yearling) once lived. A fixture in St. Augustine for over 50 years, it contains more than 800 exhibits of unusual, strange, weird oddities and curiosities.
Rates:
Adult General Admission: $14.99
Child General Admission: $7.99

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum

20 Aviles St.
Local Phone: 904-829-3575
Fax: 904-829-3445

Built as a merchant’s home and place of business in 1798, the coquina stone Ximenez House later became “Miss Fatio’s,” St. Augustine’s most fashionable boarding house. Today, it is a historic house museum, carefully researched and authentically restored to reflect its heyday during Florida’s first tourism boom from the 1830s through the 1850s. Every room tells a unique story about early visitors and how they experienced the Oldest City. Hear them all on an unforgettable guided tour.

TOURS
Tuesday – Saturday
11:00,11:30,12:00,12:30,1:00,1:30, 2:00,2:30,3:00,3:30

Group Rates Available
Adults $10
Students/Seniors/Military $8
Families $20

As you can see, there is a lot of history to explore in St. Augustine, but if you need more help in planning, please explore the links below. If you are in need of accommodations, Coastal Realty offers beachside to oceanfront condominiums on St. Augustine and Crescent Beach.

Historic St. Augustine Part 1

History is an integral part of St. Augustine with over 450 years from its founding to present day. The oldest continuously occupied European settlement in North America is home to the many historic sites, museums, and homes.

Historic Attractions in St. Augustine

Tolomato Cemetery
Cordova Street
A burial place for Christian Indians in the 1700s and later for Spanish Catholics. The Cemetery is open on the 3rd Saturday of every month from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

St. Augustine National Cemetery

104 Marine Street
Local Phone: 352-793-7740
On the grounds of the Florida National Guard compound, immediately south of St. Francis Barracks. Used as a burial ground since at least 1763, it is Florida’s oldest national military cemetery.

Mission of Nombre de Dios/Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche

27 Ocean Ave.
Local Phone: 904-824-2809
Site of the first Catholic mass said in what is now the United States. Marked by a towering bronze-colored cross.

The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

41 St. George St.
Local Phone: 904-829-8205
The St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine is dedicated to the memory of the survivors of the 1768 Turnbull New Smyrna Colony. The Avero House on this property  is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The museum, chapel and gift shop surround a beautiful garden. The Shrine is open Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 5 p.m; Sun. noon – 6 p.m.

Potter’s Wax Museum

31 Orange Street.
Local Phone: 904-829-9056
Potter’s Wax Museum, the first wax museum in the U.S., is home to more than 160 different wax figures, including Potter’s original collection-each one an authentic life-sized recreation of the men and women they represent. The Museum features interactive displays and lots of opportunities for guests to take pictures of themselves with famous characters out of history and the movies.

Spanish Military Hospital Museum

3 Aviles Street
Local Phone: 904-342-7730
Explore an authentic reconstruction of a Military Hospital that stood on this site during the Second Spanish Colonial Period, 1784-1821. Experience life as a doctor or patient in 1791.

Castillo de San Marcos
1 S. Castillo Dr.
Local Phone:904-829-6506
The Castillo de San Marcos, a national historic property, is the oldest masonry Fort in the United States and the only standing 17th century military construction. It is also one of two forts built of coquina, a soft limestone composed of broken shells. This unique craftsmanship has been standing since 1695. The fort sits on a 20.5 acre national park where tourists can step inside the walls of the fort, hear cannons fly and attend live reenactments.

Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum

48 King St.
Local Phone: 904-823-2240
Alternate Local Phone: 904-825-5034
The Governor’s House Cultural Center & Museum  was the residence for governors of both Spain and England during the colonial centuries; the Florida capital and a courthouse during the territorial decades; and a post office and customs house for over a hundred years after statehood. Free exhibit open to the public daily.

Colonial Quarter

33 St. George St.
Local Phone: 904-342-2857
Toll Free: 888-991-0933

RATES
Adult: $12.99
Child (ages 5 – 12: $6.99
Child (ages 5 – 12): $6.99

The Colonial Quarter is St. Augustine’s only living history museum. Leave today and step back in time to learn about life in Colonial times.  Visit with the blacksmith, carpenter or soldier’s wife as they go about their daily activities.

Villa Zorayda Museum

 83 King St.
Local Phone: 904-829-9887

This 19th century building was originally built as a private home in 1883 and is a 1/10th scale replica of a portion of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. It is a fascinating architectural masterpiece with a fabulous art and antique collection. Audio tours are offered in English, Spanish, and French.

Need more help in planning your vacation or looking for accommodations? Check out the links below for valuable resources.

Coastal Realty

St. Augustine Visitor Guide

St. Johns County Vacations

St. Augustine Vacation Rentals

Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

 

Pet-Friendly St. Augustine

St. Augustine is a popular destination for families, including the family fur-babies. Our beautiful city offers many pet-friendly opportunities for your dog to enjoy your vacation along with you.

Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome in several area attractions including:

Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park
Spanish Military Hospital Museum
Potter’s Wax Museum
Colonial Quarter Museum
Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse (and receive a treat for your pup)
Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum and tours on their Red Trains. Hop on and off with your canine companion as you explore the historic sites.

https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/city/saint_augustine_fl_us/

Dogs are not limited to land-based activities. Well-behaved pets are welcome on the Schooner Freedom and the St. Augustine Scenic Cruise as well.

Pet-friendly Shopping and Dining

Many shops in the historic district provide water bowls. Pets are welcome in many restaurants with outside seating and restaurants such as Old City House, Meehan’s, and La Herencia

Your pet will find refreshing water bowls outside shops in St. Augustine’s historic district. Florida’s Historic Coast has convenient outdoor seating at many restaurants in the heart of the city and beachside, welcoming pets. Some restaurants serve up doggie treats alongside fresh water bowls including Old City House, Meehan’s, and La Herencia.

https://www.bringfido.com/restaurant/city/saint_augustine_fl_us/

Pet-friendly Beaches

All of St. Johns County Beaches are pet-friendly as long as pets are leashed and pet parents clean up after them. Anastasia Island State Park allows leashed dogs in the campground, but not on the beach.

Pet-friendly Services

While you are visiting with your pet, there are other pet-centric businesses here to take care of your pet’s needs. Day camp, boarding, grooming, spa treatments, training, pet supplies, and veterinarians.

PetSmart provides grooming services, veterinarian, training, and pet supplies
1779 US Highway 1 S, St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 495-0785

PetCo provides grooming services, training and pet supplies
430 Cbl Dr,, St Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 824-8520​

Dog Town USA, provides grooming, daycare and boarding
6988 U.S. 1 #301, St Augustine, FL 32095
(904) 347-2363

Pet Paradise provides boarding
125 Ponce Harbor Dr,, St Augustine, FL 32086
(904) 797-9770

Society Pet Spa provides grooming and training
1665 Old Moultrie Rd,, St Augustine, FL 32084
(904) 824-8895

If your pet requires emergency services, we have many veterinarians in the area and if services are needed after regular hours, we have an excellent emergency vet service.

St. Augustine Regional Veterinary Emergency Center
Address: 2090 US-1, St Augustine, FL 32086
Phone: (904) 797-5770

Dog-Friendly Parks:
Paws Park in Treaty Park is located at 1595 Wildwood Drive in St. Augustine. It is a leash-free park.

Paws Dog Park at Ron Parker Park is an off-leash, fenced-in park located at 607 Old Beach Rd in St. Augustine.

https://www.bringfido.com/attraction/parks/city/saint_augustine_fl_us/

Coastal Realty offers pet-friendly condo vacation rentals. Check out the links below to make a reservation and for additional links to assist your vacation planning.

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St. Johns County Vacations

St. Augustine Vacation Rentals

Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

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Dog on Beach - Coastal Pets

 

Glass Artistry in St. Augustine

I recently made a trip to the Morse Museum in Winter Park, FL to see the Louis Comfort Tiffany Stained Glass collection which was fabulous, but you don’t have to travel a couple of hours down the road when there is so much glass artistry to be seen right here in the Nation’s Oldest City.

Reflections Bistro and Natural Reflections Glass

Kristian and Laura Kohrs own Reflections Bistro, a lunch spot in the courtyard of the Lightner Museum which also serves as a storefront for their glass jewelry business, Natural Reflections Glass.  Please read an article about them from the St. Augustine Record at the link below:

http://staugustine.com/compass/visitors-guide/entertainment/2017-04-28/local-glassblower-met-his-spouse-through-his-art-now

Natural Reflections Glass Website

Saint Augustine Art Glass & Craft Gallery 

 

The gallery is located at 54 Saint George Street in the heart of the historical district of downtown Saint Augustine, Florida. This gallery is owned by second generation on site stained glass artists and represents over 50 American artists.

http://www.saintaugustineartglass.com/

Thomas Long Blown Glass

Thomas Long, creates unique Blown Glass Wall Sculptures. Each sculpture is hand blown by Thomas and is created to impact its environment with color, pattern and movement. Thomas established his own  studio/hotshop in 2001 in St. Augustine, Florida and has been blowing glass for over 28  years. On site installation and custom design is available for both residential and commercial  spaces throughout the U.S. and  internationally. Thomas Long’s stunning and colorful glass sculptures have been featured in Architectural Digest, Florida Design, Florida Architecture, and Coastal living Magazine. H is celebrating the Studio’s 13 year anniversary in St. Augustine!

www.thomaslongglass.com

D & L Art Glass


D and L Art Glass Artistry
D & L Art Glass is eager to assist you with custom designs in stained glass and leaded glass windows and doors.They can also create a beautiful work of art by etching or carving a design onto an existing window, door or mirror and also a variety of other surfaces, including brass, stainless steel, copper, marble or granite. Etching can be done in the studio or at your location.
 
In the retail store you will find an extensive variety of stained glass, stained glass tools, and stained glass supplies. They also have a large assortment of stained glass books and related stained glass patterns for the beginner or advanced stained glass enthusiast.
Remember to check the events page for announcements, classes and to see what is new at D & L Art Glass.

Starry Night Creations

Triple the Love, Heart Pendant
All dichroic fused glass creations are individually created, fired, & annealed in Susan Goracy’s studio in St. Augustine, FL. Susan has been fusing glass for 12+ years and creates variety of gift pieces for display, entertaining, for your home such as night lights, ornaments, trinket dishes, plates, suncatchers, as well as dichroic jewelry pendants & rings to wear.
Click and visit her *New* Blog… filled with lots of fascinating & detailed info. on what Starry Night Creations is up to!
She also teaches “Learn 2 Fuse Glass” Classes in her studio… and sometimes in other locations in St. Johns County.  Click on link to see what’s been offered & to register.
There are many galleries and stores in St. Augustine which also feature beautiful glass artistry. It is always a treat to see the beautiful work on display!
Stained Glass Artistry
Need help planning your trip to St. Augustine or looking for a vacation rental? Check out the links below!

Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest

Welcome to one of the most celebrated and beautiful festivals in the nation – Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest. This is one of my favorite events since I am an amateur, but serious, photographer. There are so many classes and activities from which to choose. Last year’s boat ride by St. Augustine Eco Tours was exceptional and gave me the opportunity to see and photograph wildlife I don’t often get to see. Having us back at the Great Cross at sundown was a superb moment  and wonderful photo op provided by our boat captain.

 Great Cross Birding & Photo Fest

This year’s event will be held from April 26-30, 2017 at the
GTM Research Reserve
Environmental Education Center

Located at 505 Guana River Rd,
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL  (904) 823-4500
(Just 10 miles north of downtown St. Augustine)

Florida’s Historic Coast is spreading its wings to present another great year of birding and outdoor photography.   

The 2017 Birding & Photo Fest will feature the return of festival favorites, world-class photographers along with new professionals and instructors who will offer technical training opportunities and more birding in-field programs than ever before.

As always, festival participants will benefit from insights and instruction from a collection of upper echelon international nature and wildlife photographers — a group that continues to solidify Florida’s Birding & Photo Fest as one of the premier events in North America. And of course the community of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and all of Florida’s Historic Coast is welcoming bird lovers and photography aficionados with the friendly hospitality you’ve come to expect.

Need accommodations while attending the Fest or help in other plans for your visit to St. Augustine? Click on the links below for condo rentals and our Visitor’s Guide.

Coastal Realty

St. Augustine Visitor Guide

St. Johns County Vacations

St. Augustine Vacation Rentals

Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

Colonial Oaks Music Park

All ages are welcome to this beautiful outdoor venue  covered by amazing oak trees.  Colonial Oaks Music Park is a part of the Colonial Quarter on  St. George Street.  This location offers weekly free concerts on Thursday – Sunday evenings with amazing food and an outside bar and plenty of seating. Bring your friends and family and come enjoy tunes by local musicians. There is plenty of room to dance and let loose or sit back and relax! Music starts at 7:00 p.m.

Colonial Oaks

I and a friend enjoyed a concert on Friday night, April 7 by the Jason Evans Band at Colonial Oaks. It is a beautiful venue and this band has become my new favorite local group. I would suggest going early as parking can be hard to find in downtown St. Augustine. Locals and visitors parking tip (parking is free after 5 and on Sunday). If you have a handicap placard, parking is free. This is also true for the parking garage, but the handicapped person must be in the car and the attendant will ask for that person’s driver license and match it to the placard.

My friend and I hailed a pedi-cab driver and for $5.00 each, enjoyed a ride to St. George Street and then enjoyed a short walk to the venue.

It is a wonderful venue to enjoy a variety of music genres.

Schedule for Colonial Oaks Music Park

Thursday, April 13th
Sam Pacetti
Friday, April 14th
Gatorbone
Saturday, April 15th
Mama Blue with Kyra Livingston
Friday, April 14th
Gatorbone
Saturday, April 15th
Mama Blue with Kyra Livingston
Sunday, April 16th
Fond Kiser
Thursday, April 20th
Alex Peramas & Sam Shin
Friday, April 21st
Shayne Rammler Band
Saturday, April 22nd
Just Chameleons
Sunday, April 23rd
Light Elixer
Thursday, April 27th
Deron Baker
Friday, April 28th
Grant Paxton Band
Saturday, April 29th
Byrdfree
Sunday, April 30th
Alex Peramas & Sam Shin
Thursday, April 13th
Sam Pacetti

Why stay in a cramped hotel room when you can rent a spacious near the ocean to ocean front condo with 2 – 3 bedrooms, a full-sized kitchen, 2 bathroom, and many other amenities a hotel room can’t offer.

The links below will help you with a condo rental and our helpful visitor’s guide is a valuable resource of all the great things to experience while visiting our beautiful, historic city!

Coastal Realty

St. Augustine Visitor Guide

St. Johns County Vacations

St. Augustine Vacation Rentals

Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

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St. Augustine Alligator Farm

It’s a beautiful time to be in St. Augustine with so many great things to see and do. There are also many photographic opportunities as well. If you love to photograph wildlife or birds or you’re a bird watcher, there is no better time to visit the St. Augustine Alligator Farm.

Native herons, egrets, spoonbills, and wood storks seek the security of the  Alligator Swamp to roost and raise their young. With hundreds of alligators swimming beneath the oak branches, the birds know their young are safe from tree-climbing predators. The wooden walkway allows for incredibly intimate views of Florida’s magnificent wading birds on their nests. Photographers achieve award-winning shots here every year. Visit from March through June to see the most nesting activity with the birds in full breeding plumage.

Watch a short slideshow of some of the activity at the Alligator Farm and the Rookery here:

 

CLICK HERE for the Rookery Blog!

The Rookery Blog includes status updates and natural history information about the native bird rookery at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. The natural alligator swamp area of the park attracts hundreds of pairs of wading birds that nest literally feet away from the boardwalk. This blog contains a great amount of nesting activity data so photographers and bird watchers can best plan their visit.

Regularly recorded rookery updates are also available at (904) 824-3337 ext. 23

PHOTO CONTEST!

The Wading Bird Rookery is a popular location for both amateur and professional photographers. Click here to learn more about our popular Photo Contest and to see gorgeous winning photographs!

Need help with finding a vacation rental or planning other activities while visiting our beautiful city? Check the links below.

Typical Rookery Schedule

Mid April – The Green Herons start nesting within the park (not the rookery). Great Egret chicks are starting to get to a good size. Snowys, Little Blues, and Tri-Colored are laying eggs. Cattle Egrets start showing up.
Late April – Rookery is mass chaos. Snowy chicks start hatching. Wood stork chicks are screaming constantly. Great Egret chicks are pretty big. All the smaller species have arrived.
Early May – There are chicks of every species in the rookery at this time, but still displaying from all species with the exception of the wood storks, Green heron chicks hatching out within the park.
Mid May – The Great Egret and Stork chicks are giant. There are chicks of every size from every species. Many species continue to display.
Early June – Nothing has even fledged yet. The displaying has started winding down but there are still birds on eggs. Chicks everywhere. Latest observed hatching of spoonbill eggs. Displaying is over.
July – Fledglings are everywhere. Still a few nests with smaller chicks.
August – Nesting season is complete though a few stragglers remain. The majority of the adults have begun migrating south.

Coastal Realty

St. Augustine Visitor Guide

St. Johns County Vacations

St. Augustine Vacation Rentals

Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

Coastal Cares 2017 Charity Golf Tournament

The Coastal Cares 2017 Charity Golf Tournament was held on March 18 at the St, Augustine Shores Golf Course to benefit 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.

The goal is to empower them to return to civilian life with dignity and independence.

Coastal Realty is proud to announce that $4,000 was raised to benefit this most worthy organization through our Coastal Cares program. We would also like to thank our Hole Sponsors and those who donated Raffle prizes. A round of applause also goes to all the Coastal Realty team members who worked so hard to make this such a successful event.

Raffle Prize Donations

David Gibson & Associates –  Restaurant Gift Cards
Old Town Trolley – Tour Tickets
Coastal Realty – Restaurant Gift Cards
John and Elisa Auricchio – 1 Week Vacation Stay, Anastasia 605
Coastal Realty – 2 Nights Stay, Camachee Inn
Coastal Realty 1 Week Vacation Stay, St. Aug. Beach and Tennis Resort
Senior Counsel – Restaurant Gift Cards
Kingfish Grill – Gift Cards
Mango Mango’s – Gift Card

Hole Sponsors

Curb Systems
Coastal Realty Vacation Rentals
Intek
Paradise Landscaping
David Gibson & Associates
CenterState Bank
Massey Services, Inc.
GWANDA
Budget Carpet Care
McCrary’s Plumbing
Big Bill’s Beach Stuff
Meehan’s Irish Pub
Senior Counsel Attorneys at Law
Reggie & Andrea Maggs
Ginn & Patrou Attorneys at Law
Green Earth Pest Control
All American Air
Herbie Wiles Insurance

Click on the following link to see a slideshow video:
https://youtu.be/LNTwFN3B2rk

If you would like to view all photos from the Golf Tournament and download photos, click on this link:
https://www.flickr.com/gp/80369602@N06/G7FU54

Need help in planning your St. Augustine vacation or looking for a vacation rental?

Check out the links below.

Coastal Realty

St. Augustine Visitor Guide

St. Johns County Vacations

St. Augustine Vacation Rentals

Beach Rentals in St. Augustine

St. Augustine Rentals

St. Augustine Condos for Rent

Vacation Rentals St. Augustine

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