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A Week Ago Today, I was Headed for Vacation...

26 July 2013

...and it makes me super sad that I am not still there! Mr. Collier and I had never ventured to St. Augustine and it was frankly a vacation destination that I picked on a whim. We had gone back and forth [at least a dozen times] on where we should go for a long weekend. Myrtle Beach? The Keys? Hilton Head? Orlando? I realize Orlando sticks out like a sore thumb, but we have family there. When it came to the final decision, money talks! Tickets to Orlando would have been $800.00 round trip and our other options quickly dropped off the radar.

All I knew was that I wanted to be on the ocean, not spend too much of our savings and get a little sun. St. Augustine did just that! I selected St. Augustine because it was one of the first cities [no pun intended] on Florida's Atlantic coast on a map that was also within driving distance from a Southwest-friendly airport. And the prices were great! For $800.00, we were able to secure round trip flights, a condo on the beach with and a rental car! I know!!

We awoke each day without an alarm. Simply glorious! We body surfed in the ocean each morning after breakfast. Each day we would spot dolphins from our patio following behing fishing boats. I read a wonderful book, Annie's Ghosts. Afternoons were spent exploring the city of St. Augustine. From an architectural and historical standpoint it was unmatched! Parking was a slight obstacle but once you sucked it up and paid the $10 you were free to roam for the day! 

There were shops and restaurants up and down the brick-laid streets interspersed with historical tourist traps such as the old pharmacy, the fountain of youth, the old jail, etc that could be visited for $7-12 per person. I loved our visit to the San Sebastian winery one evening to spend the evening under the stars on the rooftop patio. 

Evenings were spent walking on the beach and watching the moon rise. Our condo had a little travelers' log where previous occupants could leave messages beyond the vacation. Each couple noted the sunrise. Mr. Collier and I decided to be distinctive and wait for the moon rise instead! 

On our last morning, after checkout, we went to Fort Matanzas, a fort built by the Spanish as an intercoastal barrier to protect the city of St. Augustine from the south. They didn't so such a stellar job because the cannons were only fired 8 times of which, no successful targets were struck. We took a small ferry to the fort, climbed around and soaked in the history of the people that were stationed there. It was by far the coolest tour we had gone on. 

We had a wonderful and adventurous trip! I'd highly recommend making St. Augustine a destination spot for you some day. There is plenty to see and do without spending a dime! And you better watch out if you do. There are pirates lurking EVERYWHERE. Yes. Even ones with polos and Vera Bradley purses! 


  1. So glad you had a fun time!! Reality never feels good when you get back from vacation =(

  2. Looks like a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to my vacation in a few weeks as well! :)

  3. Sounds like so much fun!! Glad you had a good time! I read Annie's Ghosts for a class a few years ago and really liked it.


  4. sounds like a wonderful time! I love finding cute, smaller vacation destinations.

  5. It looks like you had a great time! I visited St. Augustine a few years ago and liked it (the reason we picked St. Augustine was the same as yours... it was within driving distance of a Southwest airport!)