After our trip to Universal Studios, it was time to move on. Our plan was to head out south west until we made it to the other side of the country, so our next stop was in St. Augustine, FL. This is one place on our road trip I wished we spent more time at, it's such a charming town right on the water with beautiful beach homes and a historic downtown with eye-catching Spanish colonial architecture. To keep on schedule with our trip, we only stayed one night in St. Augustine; we stayed in this cozy loft of a beach house right down the street from the beach. We arrived late in St. Augustine, dropped off our stuff in our apartment for the night, and made our way right to the beach. There was a beautiful sunset that mirrored the ocean water, and it felt as if we owned the beach for we were the only ones on it. After our time with our toes in the sand, we made our way to a local restaurant and grabbed take-out, brought it home, and spent the night playing board games.
The next day was meant for exploration; we made our way to the historic downtown district and part of me felt as if I was in a different time. There were all these modern shops however it felt as if we were in our own little closed off world for path after path we were enclosed in shops, restaurants, and bars. We stopped at this amazing little donut shop Auggies Mini Donuts and wow, these were some of the best donuts I've ever had, and I'm not much of a donut gal. They's made fresh to order and have several different flavors and toppings.
After our donuts, we made our way to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and if you're not familar with this monument I'll give a very brief history lesson. This monument is the oldest masonry fort in the United States and was originally built to protect the citizens from the English after a previous raid had destroyed much of St. Augustine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castillo_de_San_Marcos). We were on a bit of a tight schedule so we didn't spend much time at the fort but this is a perfect destination spot for those who are interested in military history.
I highly recommend this cute little Floridian town to everyone for it has a little bit of everything: the beach for those who just want to sit back and relax with very little traffic, military history with the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, and a great historic district with lots of restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and live music. I definitely plan on visiting St. Auggie again!