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When to go?
As with most beach vacation spots, the summer sun brings to St. Augustine the biggest crowds, which drives up prices. Fortunately there is plenty to do in St. Augustine in the other seasons. Visit in the winter months (November through February), when the sun and the tourists come in more gentle doses and the historic beauty and golf courses can be enjoyed in mild weather. That is, of course, unless you want to see one of the most exhilarating sights in Florida, the manatees which can be spotted along the coast from April though October.

Where to stay?
You'll find plenty of affordable, even inexpensive inns, B&Bs, motels and hotels in St. Augustine. Beyond the standards lodgings, there are mansions-for-hire, youth hostels and everything in between for any budget. Coming on a weekend? Expect the upper listed rates - most lodgings increase their prices on weekends, when most vacationers visit St. Augustine. Holidays, especially Christmas, also herald rising room rates. In addition, St. Johns County tacks a 9% tax onto hotel bills. It's always a good idea, but especially if you are traveling in the fall, ask about your hotel's hurricane policy.

What to do?
A walking tour provides a fun, healthy way to experience the history and beauty of St. Augustine. Grab a map at the visitor center across Orange Street from the City Gate. From there, the Colonial Spanish Quarter is a short walk past the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse. Once there, you'll find yourself only blocks from the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, the Flagler Memorial Presbyterian Church and several other striking and beautiful historical sights. St. Augustine Beach and Vilano Beach are the closest sand and surf for fun in the sun. After sunning on the sand, touring the city or shopping on Aviles or St. George Streets, dine on local seafood at one of the dozens of restaurants, many of which boast their own fishing fleet for superb, fresh catches. At over 600 years old, the most ancient attraction in St. Augustine is a majestic live oak tree tucked in the parking lot of the Howard Johnson on San Marco Ave. Don't pass it up.


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