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Why should a solo woman over 50 take the time out of their busy travel schedule and visit St Augustine Florida? Isn’t St Augustine for lovers? Wait. That’s Virginia Beach, Virginia. Sorry. St Augustine is for lovers, but it’s also a hot spot for the solo woman traveler over 50.
In this article, I discuss 6 reasons why you should visit St. Augustine, Florida this year. I will also discuss where you should stay and things to do in St. Augustine for the woman over 50 traveling solo.
Map St Augustine Florida
Where is St Augustine Florida
St Augustine is located on the Atlantic coast of Northeastern, Florida. It is part of Florida’s first coast region and the Jacksonville metropolitan area. It has a population of 12,975, according to the 2010 census.
The nearest major airport to St Augustine is Jacksonville International which is 55 miles away or Orlando International Aiport which is 124 miles away.
6 Reasons why you should visit St. Augustine Florida this year
Henry Flager, a captain of industry who founded Standard Oil and Florida East Coast Railway, had the bright idea of making St. Augustine a winter getaway for the rich and famous living up north.
And he would use his East Coast Railway to bring them south to St. Augustine, with its lovely year-round weather even during the winter months.
All these years later, St. Augustine continues to be a vacation spot for folks seeking a break from the cold winters of their home state.
There are 5 reasons why St. Augustine is the perfect destination for the woman traveling by herself:
1. St Augustine Weather
A warm winter climate is a significant factor in choosing where to travel. Anyone that has endured rough-ass winters will love the year-round subtropical temperatures that St. Augustine has to offer.
They don’t call Florida the “Sunshine State” for nothing, and the city of St Augustine is proof of that. Summers are sweltering with an occasional ocean breeze that will feel like a breath of cool, fresh air against your bare skin. St. Augustine is at its hottest from the end of May to the end of September. Expect the average daily high to be around 86 degrees.
When you visit St Augustine, Florida, you will notice that most of the buildings in downtown historic St. Augustine are built up towards the edge of the road, creating shade for those moseying along the city’s street in the summer heat. Stick to the shade!
You will see milder temperature from December-March with average daily highs of 71 degrees – not bad for winter weather. And the reason why St Augustine has always been the ideal vacation spot for those seeking solace from the extreme cold.
2. The Bed and Breakfast in the historic district
Hands down the best place to stay during your visit to St Augustine is in one of the many bed and breakfasts in the area. Staying at one of the city’s bed and breakfast will add to the appeal of St Augustine.
Picture this. You are waking up to the sounds of birds singing and waves crashing from the Matanzas Bay then eating a delicious breakfast in a home a century old.
After a breakfast of champions, you strap on your sneakers, smother your exposed skin with sunscreen and head out for a day of fun. Imagine that.
- upscale concierge service
- daily maid service
- hypoallergenic microfiber sheets
- spa quality toiletries
- gourmet breakfast
- early-evening social hour
For more information on rates go to Booking.com
To read my article on best bed and breakfasts in St Augustine, click here
3. International Curb Appeal
According to the St Johns County Chamber of Commerce, St. Augustine remains a “popular international tourist destination”. St. Augustine is the perfect city to do some ear hustling. Listen carefully to conversations around you, and you will hear all types of accents and languages. St Augustine is bustling with international visitors!
In 2017, the city of St Augustine saw a drop in international tourism from 11.1 to 10.7 million due to hurricanes. This year appears to be a better year, as told to me by a local vendor who depends on tourism for his livelihood.
Sit on a bench (in the shade) on St George Street, and you will have the best seat to the incredible scene played out in front of you. People are at their best and worse when traveling.
It’s interesting to see the range of emotions displayed across the many faces of folks from all over the world.
What’s their story?
Read Matador Network article on the importance of viewing travel through culture and social structures by clicking here.
4. St Augustine, Florida history
Every history geek should make a pilgrimage to historic downtown St Augustine. Every square inch of St Augustine oozes with history.
St Augustine was founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers and is the second oldest city in the United States (San Juan, Puerto Rico is the first – 1521). The Spanish settlers initially settled on nearby Anastasia Island but were forced in 1566 to move to its present location, on the banks of Matanzas Bay, after they were no longer welcome by the Timucua Indians.
In 1672, construction on Castillo de San Marco began. In 1695, it was completed. Shortly after, the British burned San Augustine to the ground after failing to take the Castillo.
In 1763, St Augustine came under British rule after Great Britan signed the Treaty of Paris with France and Spain. The British stayed for 20 years after which Spain The akes over Florida once again in 1783.
In 1821, Florida became a U.S. Territory and eventually became a state in 1845. The rest, as they say, is history.
To explore St. Augustine historic district and to gain insight into its importance to America, I recommend spending time in this great city.
5. Spiritual and Religious Significance of St Augustine
Religion played a significant role in the development of St Augustine. When the Spanish admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, the founder of St Augustine, first stepped off his ship onto the shores he brought along with him a Catholic Priest (Franciscan order) to bless the new land off the coast of Matanzas Bay.
And so began St. Augustine’s relationship with religion.
Many earlier settlers came to St Augustine to escape religious persecution in their home country. The United States has always been the country where religion and freedom to worship without the worry of oppression has been a fundamental principle.
A lot of the churches in St Augustine have been present in some form or fashion for centuries. These include:
- Nombre de Dios
- St Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine (once the site of a Minorcan Chapel)
- Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine
The churches named above are a must-see for those solo female travelers who are interested in religious architecture and the importance of the church in the development of St. Augustine’s diverse culture.
6. Tours in St Augustine
Taking a tour is a great way to get beyond the touristy surface of St Augustine. There is a lot you can learn about St Augustine’s history, culinary and its ecological impact on the local ecosystems and population through various tours.
Here is a list of the different categories of tours available in St. Augustine:
- Food tours
- Ghost tours
- Wine tours
- Boat tours
- History tours
For more information on tours offered in St Augustine, click here.
I recommend that the first thing you do upon your arrival in St Augustine is to head to the Visitor Information Center located at 10 West Castillo Drive. You will find plenty of information inside on St Augustine tours, attractions, and museums.
For more information on what’s going on in St Augustine go to Visit St. Augustine.