Resorts in St. Augustine

by Joanne Thomas
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A St. Augustine lighthouse

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With its historic landmarks, world-class golf courses, beaches and year-round sunshine, St. Augustine attracts two million visitors each year. A wide range of lodging options are available in the nation's oldest city, including a number of resorts offering on-site recreational opportunities alongside various styles of accommodations. Some are designed specifically with golfers, families or fishing enthusiasts in mind.

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Golfing Resort

Home to the World Golf Hall of Fame, the PGA Tour Golf Academy and two championship golf courses designed by elite course architects, World Golf Village in St. Augustine is a choice vacation destination for golf enthusiasts. The Renaissance Resort at World Golf Village offers luxury accommodations within steps of one of the two on-site 18-hole courses. Various stay-and-play golf packages are available seasonally, combining accommodations with rounds of golf and extras such as range balls and meals. Catering to golfers, golf is represented throughout the resort, with bellhops dressed in old-fashioned golf knickers, an on-site full-swing golf simulator, and an 18-hole practice putting green. The decor of the 301 guest rooms is "Colonial Asian," with spa-inspired bathrooms and high-end amenities such as flat-panel televisions and wet bars. Laterra Resort, a Mediterranean-style 40-acre property within the World Golf Village of St. Augustine, offers a choice of standard hotel rooms and studio, one- and two-bedroom suites. Every guest room offers views of fairways, woodlands, lagoons or landscaped courtyards. The suites feature a private balcony or patio, a gourmet kitchen and laundry facilities. Guest facilities at the resort include a heated swimming pool, Jacuzzi and fitness center. The King & Bear golf course, which was co-designed by Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer, is located alongside Laterra Resort.

Condominium Resorts

The Ocean Gallery is a condominium resort overlooking a beach. The resort grounds include landscaped gardens and pathways connecting "the Vistas," which are premier oceanfront units, and "the Villages" units located a short walk from the beach. The Vistas section includes two-bedroom condos. Townhouses and condos with one and two bedrooms are available in the Villages. There also is a three-bedroom home that accommodates up to six guests available for weekly rentals. Every condominium at the Ocean Gallery Resort features a fully equipped kitchen, a washer ad dryer, cable televisions and wireless Internet access. All resort guests enjoy access to an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub, tennis courts and two gazebos positioned for taking in the sunrise. Hibiscus Condominium Resort offers daily, weekly and monthly rentals of two- and three-bedroom, self-catering condos. Every unit offers ocean views or an oceanfront location. The lushly landscaped property includes private beach walkovers and a boardwalk with a gazebo overlooking the ocean. Facilities include three swimming pools, two hot tubs and a sun deck.

Beach Resort

St Augustine Beachfront Resort consists of a 44-room oceanfront hotel, an outdoor oceanfront swimming pool with a 116-foot water slide, a poolside cocktail bar, an indoor pool and hot tub, and a restaurant. Tropical beach-themed guest rooms feature luxurious touches such as handcrafted furnishings and granite vanities. Many offer ocean views, and some rooms include a kitchenette or in-room hot tub.

Fishing Resort

Within its five-acre property, the family-owned Devil's Elbow Fishing Resort offers 10 waterfront cottages designed for fishing and boating vacations. The two- and four-bedroom cottages are inspired by old Florida and feature private, shaded porches furnished with rocking chairs for taking in uninterrupted views of the Intracoastal Waterway. They feature nautical decor and include a fully equipped kitchen, premium cable and Internet access. Guests who come for a fishing trip have the chance to catch flounder, mullet, spotted sea trout and numerous other saltwater species. There is a bait-and-tackle shop on-site, as well as boat ramps, docks and watercraft rentals. St. Augustine's historic downtown district, beaches and parks are within minutes from the resort by car.

About the Author

A writer of diverse interests, Joanne Thomas has penned pieces about road trips for Hyundai, children's craft projects for Disney and wine cocktails for Robert Mondavi. She has lived on three continents and currently resides in Los Angeles, where she is co-owner and editor of a weekly newspaper. Thomas holds a BSc in politics from the University of Bristol, England.

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