Best Time of the Year to Visit St Augustine FL

St Augustine is a Great Place to Visit All Year-Round

Discover the History and Beauty of the Nation's Oldest City

No matter what time of the year you're visiting, St. Augustine has a ton to offer. From the famous Nights of Lights Festival in the winter to the abundant springtime activities and near-perfect weather, St. Augustine is a great beach destination any time of the year. Located along the Atlantic Ocean on Florida's Historic Coast, St. Augustine features more than 40 miles of beaches, several nature preserves, historic attractions, rich culture, and kid-friendly activities. Whether you're looking for a vibrant city or a laid-back beach town, you'll find it in St. Augustine. 


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nights of lights christmas festival with lights on palm trees in downtown st augustine


In St. Augustine, we don't get fluffy white snow, but instead, we enjoy the sandy shores all year round. If you've never seen a palm tree dressed in holiday decor and twinkling lights, then plan a visit during the famous Nights of Lights Festival that takes place throughout the holiday season and into the new year. Roughly 20 blocks in downtown St. Augustine are decorated for the event each year.


If you want to explore Northwest Florida's nature preserves, winter is a great time to visit because of the mild temperatures. Visit Anastasia State Park, Fort Mose Historic State Park, and Matanzas State Forest. 


In fact, winter is always a popular time of the year to visit for those looking to escape the cold. The temperatures in St. Augustine during the winter are usually in the high 60s or low 70s during the day and 40s and 50s at night. 


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Spring in St. Augustine feels like summer everywhere else. While the rest of the country is still fighting winter, St. Augustine is warming up and there's so much to do. Spring is a great time to explore the waterways kayaking, paddleboarding, or boating. 


Visit the many attractions and historic sites during the spring without the crowds. There are several tour companies that run downtown offering shuttle service and fun facts about downtown St. Augustine sites. Be sure to visit the St. Augustine Aquarium, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine, and the Bridge of Lions. 


During late spring, you'll also find wide-open beaches to unwind and by this time it's warm enough to soak up the sun. 


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lighner museum in downtown st augustine florida with bright blue water, palm trees and blue skies
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Summertime is for beaches and swimming. A few of our favorites are Crescent Beach, Vilano Beach, and St. Augustine Beach. Enjoy the seclusion of Crescent Beach or be in the center of the action at St. Augustine Beach. 


Plus, summer is the best season for seasonal events and festivals. The town tends to buzz with excitement this time of the year! Come visit for the 4th of July or attend a show at the St. Augustine Amphitheater. There's always something going on in the summer. 


You can also enjoy a summer day by the pool. Bring your sunscreen, some flip flops, sunglasses, and a good book, and prepare for a lounge day.


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Fall begins to quiet back down in St. Augustine, as the days get shorter and the kids go back to school. But in St. Augustine, the water is still warm and the temperatures are just about perfect. Fall is a great time of the year for beach-going, fishing, boating, surfing, and more. Plus, September is one of the best times of the year to surf in St. Augustine. 


St. Augustine sees blooming flowers each fall, so it's also a great time of the year to visit the Washington Oaks Garden or Lightner Museum to see these tropical blooms. 


Halloween is one of the best holidays to spend in St. Augustine due to it's spooky past. As the nation's oldest city, you can be certain there are a number of ghost stories. Go on a ghost tour of St. Augustine for a chance to witness paranormal activity in the most infamous spots. 


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