Our last vacation took us to the pristine beaches of St. Augustine, Fl. We had such a good time there. There really is so much to see and do. If you’re on a budget this is the perfect vacation spot for you. We spent less than $1000 on everything we did and you can too. So let’s see how to do St. Augustine, Fl on a budget! This is a sponsored post we partnered with Trolley Tours and my cousin’s property to bring you this post!
Finding you a place to stay is usually first on the list on vacation in St. Augustine!
I found a place for you! It’s my cousin’s condo and it’s just off the beach of St. Augustine on A1A. It’s a beautiful condo with lots of amenities to offer. The condo sleeps 6 and has a lovely canal right outside your back door. I sat out here every single morning and read. It was heaven. The kitchen was stocked with everything but the food. There’s a Publix about a mile a way too. So it made stocking up very easy. Here’s some photos of this beautiful villa.
The master bedroom.
The Living Room area so spacious and made me want to get home and declutter my house!
The condo had a pool and a hot tub that was open until 10:30 at night. We did a lot of night swimming. Ahhhh. He also has another St. Augustine rental you can check out here.
The great thing about this condo is there are no roads to cross to get to the beach. The community is gated and it’s only for the residents. So we just walked about .10 of a mile and we were at the beach. So beautiful and I love listening to those waves.
The first thing we did when we got there was head for the Old Trolley Tours. It’s a must do item on my list. This is the way to see most of St. Augustine. It will run you about $23/per person but you can hop on and off the trolley tours for 3 days of fun. This is also a guided tours and they talk to you about everything you are seeing the entire time you’re on there. They give you tips on where to eat and what to do next too. This took us to the Potter’s Wax Museum, the Oldest Store, the Oldest Jail and we got our Ghosts and Graveyard tours from here too. It was so worth it. It takes you through 23 stops of many different things. Let’s see some of our stops on this tour.
The Oldest Store Museum has so many cool items to check out. So don’t forget to do this part of the tour.
The Ghosts and Gravestones tour took us to so many of St. Augustine’s haunted places. It was pretty fun. They tried to scare us but it didn’t work really. My kids got a bit scared at one point. My 11 year old wasn’t thrilled but she went and didn’t have any bad dreams. It was a pretty fun tour.
The haunted jail and gallows was a stop on this tour.
When we did the trolley tours there were many places for us to hop off and on. So we hopped off at the St. Augustine distillery. It was fabulous and we got free drinks too. So make sure you stop here. There’s no cost for this tour.
It was really cool to learn about the process of them distilling their spirits. It ended with a couple of shots of drinks that were pretty tasty. A really cool tour if you’re into that.
There’s so much to see and do in downtown St. Augustine. We strolled through St. Charles street. It’s beautiful and quaint and full of charm. They even sell Dole whips there. I wanted to get one but we didn’t have time. Ugh!
The Government house is another stop along this tour. It’s a free site to see too. We strolled through and checked out the history of St. Augustine. It was a nice stop to check out while waiting for the rain to stop. It rained almost non stop while we were there. But we had fun in the rain anyway.
The downtown area is rich and full of fun churches to look at and things to do. If you do nothing else make sure you check out downtown at night too. It was so pretty and there were people everywhere. We had such a great family time in St. Augustine. There’s forts to see, the fountain of youth, the beaches and the food are all amazing. There’s also a few malls and movie theaters to choose from too. We didn’t get to do everything we wanted too and we still left having a great time. Knowing we can come back and see the rest another time is what we are planning. So go and check out how easy it is to do St. Augustine on a budget.