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There are many reasons to visit St. Augustine, Florida, ranging from the beautiful year-round weather to the pristine white-sand beaches. However, some of the biggest attractions in town are the city’s historic sites. Long before Jamestown and Plymouth Rock, Spain settled in this area, making it the oldest permanently occupied European settlement in the United States. Today, visitors come from around the world to see the sites like Castillo de San Marcos, the Lightner Museum, the Fountain of Youth, Fort Matanzas and the Oldest Wooden School House. If you have plans to visit the city soon, here are some tips for finding St. Augustine vacation rentals near your favorite historic sites.

Historic Downtown

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Many of St. Augustine’s most popular attractions are located either in the city’s historic downtown area or within walking distance, so staying here should be one of your first choices. You’ll find mostly hotels and beds and breakfasts here, many of which are located in historic buildings and homes that have been updated through the years. Because the city is so walkable, it’s easy to get to restaurants and other points of interest. If you prefer to ride, you can take a pedicab, an old-fashioned trolley or a horse-drawn carriage around town. If you’re looking for a room with a view, you may want to search for a place that overlooks the Matanzas River waterfront. Hotels closer to the center of town offer views of the brick streets, historic architecture and lovely courtyards.

Beachfront Communities

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Another popular option when staying in the St. Augustine is to head a little outside of the downtown area to the city’s beaches. From Ponte Vedra Beach to St. Augustine Beach and beyond, you’ll find a blend of condos, vacation home rentals and hotels that are either right on the beach or just a block or two away so you can walk there with ease. Enjoy views of the Atlantic Ocean, a more laid-back attitude and proximity to souvenir shops and fresh seafood restaurants. Just be prepared to drive a few extra miles if you want to head into town to see the historic sites.

Along U.S. Route 1

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One alternative to staying in the heart of the historic downtown area is to check out vacations rentals in St. Augustine, FL, along U.S. Route 1 North. Located just north of downtown, you’ll find more budget-friendly hotels and inns, along with a few vacation rental homes. You may want to bring or rent a car if you’re staying in this area, although it’s still possible to walk to the city’s historic destinations. Trains and a trolley are also available.

Near the Interstate

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If you’re searching for budget-friendly options and you don’t mind driving the 15 or so minutes into the heart of St. Augustine, you may opt to stay at one of the many hotels and other vacation rental options near Interstate 95. The interstate, which runs north into Jacksonville and south to Miami, is about seven miles from the city’s center, and it’s a favorite destination for shoppers because of the outlet malls located here. You’ll need a car, but you can take a train or trolley shuttle service back and forth between certain hotels and historic destinations.