Crescent Beach Love

February is known as the month of love as so much goes on in this short month. Valentine’s day, three day weekends, Mardi Gras, Groundhog Day just to name a few. It’s also a time that locals and guests fall in love with Crescent beach all over again and a few of them fall in love while visiting Crescent Beach.

Many locals as well as out of town guests choose Beacher’s Lodge as a destination to “pop the question” for many reasons. Imagine this: you decide you need to either getaway for the weekend, take advantage of a three day weekend (President’s Day) or an impromptu break in the middle of the week for that much needed beach time. Now of course you made your reservations at Beacher’s Lodge as it is located right on the beach with breathtaking views of the ocean.

Next, you either plan a quiet dinner for two on the balcony of your condo. Our condos provide fully equipped kitchens so you can make that perfect romantic dinner for two. Or you decide to have a dinner at one of the beach’s favorite restaurants. I personally love South Beach Grille which is right next door to Beachers Lodge. You can walk over from Beacher’s Lodge and enjoy some great local cuisine.

After your bellies are full and you’ve enjoyed watching the sunset, take a night stroll along the beach. Listen to the waves crash upon Crescent Beach’s soft sandy shore. If you listen careful enough you might hear a dolphin or two playing in the moonlight. It’s the perfect romantic setting for that perfectly planned proposal.

Now for your big moment! As your future partner for life stares out over the ocean watching the moonlight dance upon its surface, and is completely in awe of their surroundings, you drop to one knee and call their name. They turn to you as the waves begin to sing in perfect harmony and you without a moment’s hesitation ask them to be yours for the rest of your lives.

This may sound like a fairy tale to you, but for those of us that are fortunate enough to enjoy Beacher’s Lodge day in and day out, we see it all the time. The excitement and nervousness that are present on the proposer’s face as well as mannerisms is a site to be seen. But what truly makes it memorable for us, and our guests is the pure rush of emotions of the couple sharing their memory as they tell us they said “yes”!

If you plan on visiting us in February and are looking to pop the question to your special someone, let us know and we’ll do our best to help you create that special memory. Come fall in love with the beach and each other at your favorite beach destination.

top pet friendly activities

What is the point of going on a trip, unless you get to take your best friend!  When vacationing with your pup, it’s not always easy to find pet-friendly activities, especially if the area is unknown to you. We’ve put together a few suggestions for fur-friendly activities you can enjoy in and around the St. Augustine and Crescent Beach Area:

St. Augustine Pup Crawl: A historic Pup Pub Tour with pet stops, including water and treats for your fur baby. $49 per person includes 1 glass of premium craft or local beer, wine, sangria, or soda at each stop. 904-392-7137 for reservations. Thursdays and Sundays, 5 P.M.

Pawsitively St. Augustine: On the third Saturday of each month, 11 am. This is a 2-hour (approximately 2 mile) walking tour. Hear about the history of St. Augustine, as well as some pet-friendly history of America. There are fun pup stops with treats and water throughout the tour. $16 per person, 12 and under $10, fur babies are free.

Fountain of Youth:  You can bring your pets to the site of St. Augustine’s origin of 1565. With 15 waterfront acres to cover, you and your pup will have plenty to walk and explore. Make sure he stays leashed and you’re both sure to have a wonderful day on the grounds enjoying the amazing views of the Intracoastal Waterway and the possible encounters with the free-roaming peacocks. Open daily 9 to 6, tickets will run you $15 per person. Parking is free. Please note that picking up after your pet is super important and highly enforced.

Treaty Dog Park This ¾ acre park offers your furbaby an opportunity to cut loose and be leash-free. With fenced yards for both smaller and larger dogs, let your pup frolic and play in sunshine or cool down in the shaded areas and enjoy a fire hydrant while you take a break on the benches provided. If your pet is sociable, he may just find a fellow furry friend at one of the local watering holes provided.   

Crescent Beach: Less crowded than neighboring beaches, Crescent beach is certainly pet-friendly and offers your pup the opportunity to stretch all four legs while prancing in the surf and sand (just as long as your leash will allow). Swimming, sand frolicking and general marine life investigating are all popular activities along this stretch of pet-friendly coastline. Spending your day breathing in the salt air and enjoying the sand between all twenty toes, will make for some memorable beach moments and most likely a tuckered pup.

Chow Time: When it’s time for dinner, there are several pet-friendly eateries in the area. We recommend trying La Pentola. Known for Mediterranean and Latin Fine Cuisine, we’re sure you’ll love whatever Chef Talavera prepares for you. If you’re seeking something a bit more casual, try parking your paws at the Florida Cracker Cafe’. We love sinking our canines into their Aioli Tuna Steak. Conveniently located right next door to us is another one of our favorites: Paula’s Beachside Grill. You and your best friend can enjoy a beverage or a burger by the glow of the tiki torches on the patio. If you are in the mood for a stroll down St. George street, try yet another pup favorite at The Bull and Crown Publick House. A fabulous place to take a break under the shade of an umbrella, have a bite to eat and quench your thirst. They are always quick to offer a water bowl for your parched companion as well.

Dog and Pony Show: After a day of experiencing downtown St. Augustine, you’ll be the talk of the town if you take your furry friend for a ride in one of the horse-drawn carriages. You can inquire along the bayfront, where the horses are happy to trot you down the brick-lined streets. While you experience our nation’s original version of horsepower, you’ll be waved to and smiled at, by all friendly folks you and your pup happen to pass. It’s a truly memorable way to experience the history and charm of our fine city.  

Want to take your pet on a trolley tour of historic St. Augustine? Ripley’s Red Train Trolley Tours allow pets 15 lbs and under as well as certified service animals to join the fun of riding the trolley through the historic district. The tours inform riders of the history of the area as well as fun things to do and see.

Whether you make a day of tours or find time to frolic in the waves, we’re sure your stay in Crescent Beach will leave your tail wagging for more. When it’s time to turn in for the evening, we will be ready and waiting to welcome you home to Beacher’s Lodge and your pet-friendly condo! In the meantime, happy trails…of paw prints!

Pet Friendly Vacation Rentals

Vacationing with your fur-baby in St Augustine, Fl can be one of the most enriching experiences of your life. After all, you adopted your companion to accompany you day-in and day-out through life’s adventures. A long-distance escapade should not be the exception. However, finding the right environment in which to share your St Augustine vacation with your pet can be challenging. Most notably finding a vacation destination that is also pet friendly. We’ve put together a few things to look for while shopping for a pet-friendly vacation rental.

  1.    Check those restrictions: When booking your reservations, be sure to ask questions. First and foremost, are they pet friendly? Are there size or breed restrictions?  Is there an animal limit for those families with more than one fur baby? Disclose the details about your furry family member. Trying to misrepresent or hide information from the property will only result in a very stressful vacation, which defeats the whole purpose of your trip.
  2.      Ask about fees. Are pet deposits required? Are the fees non-refundable? Will the property require proof of vaccinations? Be sure to have proof of current rabies vaccinations, as well as a current health certificate with you. Be sure to consult your veterinarian to ensure all vaccinations are up-to-date and acquire a current health certificate (usually within ten days of your travel plans). The better prepared you are, the easier your stay will be.
  3.      Is a ground-floor unit available? Ground floor units are easiest for your pet. They’re already dealing with being in a new environment. Avoiding stairs or elevators will only benefit their comfort, as well as yours. However there are exceptions. Some of us pet owners have very spunky pets that need to run out as much energy as possible, therefore steps might be better option. No matter which floor you stay on, always be sure to respect the grounds around the property and use the designated areas for pets to enjoy. If you are not sure which areas are designated please ask the front desk. The designated walk area for pets at Beachers Lodge is behind the conference room next to the office.  
  4.      Is a pet park available on the grounds? The ability to take your pet outside for multiple walks each day will relieve quite a bit of your pet’s anxiety. Pent up energy from an anxious pet can be disastrous in a new environment. Be sure to bring your pet’s favorite toys, pet bed, and perhaps even a sheet that smells like home to offer comfort and reassurance that everything is okay. Pets fear abandonment above all else. Providing familiar items from home will bring them comfort.
  5.     Are pet waste stations available on the property? Staying in a vacation rental requires owners to keep their critters leashed and to clean up after their pets.  This shows an appreciation and understanding to both pet-owners and non-owners alike.  Respecting the property’s environment is imperative to an enjoyable vacation experience for everyone who visits.
  6.      Can the property recommend nearby pet-friendly establishments? There are websites, such as , however, having that local recommendation is always a huge help.
  7.      Can the owners recommend a local dog-walker or pet-sitter? Try checking out or the app Wags for local dog walkers.  However, if the property’s staff can recommend someone, or better yet, they have a staff member offering these services, you’ll feel reassured that your four-legged friend is receiving the best possible care in your absence.

You love your animals. You love going on vacation. You should have the best of both worlds when you visit us in St Augustine. Contact us today and ask about our pet-friendly policies. We’d love to confirm your reservation, so you can focus on all the fun activities you and your fur-baby will be doing while staying with us!

Snow Birds Saint Augustine

The annual migration of snowbirds to our beautiful, warm, sunny climate has begun! We’d like to take a moment to welcome all of our lovely visitors to our area! St. Augustine offers a thriving assortment of activities full of adventure for you to choose from. The holiday season offers many joyous celebrations around our area. However, once the holidays are over, the adventures continue! Take a look at this list of things to do:

  1.     Historical downtown: Historic downtown St. Augustine is a bustling area presenting tons of activity. During the day you will see the streets filled with shoppers and restaurants with amazing cuisine and enticing atmosphere. Trolleys cruise the streets providing informative and entertaining narrative tours of the historical architecture and monuments throughout the area. The evenings boast a wealth of hopping nightlife and live entertainment.
  2.     Museums: There are so many to choose from! Historical monuments, forts, wax museums, and even showcases of medieval torture. The options are wide and varied, with a little something for everyone. One of our favorites is Flagler College. This facility gives a fascinating, historical tour of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, built by Henry Flagler in 1887. The college is now home to hundreds of thriving students. Another must-see attraction is the oldest wooden schoolhouse, dating back to the 18th century.
  3.     Trolleys and trains: These informative and narrative tours of the city provide information and transportation to the best destinations in town! With several designated hop-on and off stops, you can travel throughout the city and experience the best sightseeing spots and scenery St. Augustine has to offer.
  4.     St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park: Enjoy our milder climate by spending a day outside experiencing the wildlife at this amazing alligator farm.
  5.     Scenic Boat Cruises: For a different perspective of St. Augustine, go for a ride on one of the many boats offering tours from the water. Enjoy a sunset cruise, a dolphin feeding tour, or even a pirate ship excursion!
  6.     Fort Mose Historic State Park: When it’s time to spend a day in the sunshine, Fort Mose is a 40-acre waterfront park with picnic areas, boardwalk, kayak launch, a visitor center and an interactive museum.
  7.     Fountain of Youth: No trip to St. Augustine is complete without a visit to this pet-friendly attraction. This fascinating and entertaining tour of Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth will introduce you to the original site of St. Augustine, our Nation’s oldest city. You’ll even see the spring that has been claimed to be the fountain that provides restoring youth. There is so much to see and do here, you’ll want to spend the entire day.
  8.     Whetstone Chocolates Tasting Tour: For a decadent change of pace, get introduced to the history and chocolate making through the Whetstone tour. Enjoy freshly made chocolate confections as you tour the facility. Yum!

There’s so much more to enjoy in St. Augustine! We hope these ideas get you started on your journey. We’re so glad to have you here with us at  Beacher’s Lodge. Thank you for choosing St. Augustine as your winter getaway!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The holidays are fast approaching! Once you’ve booked your stay with us here at Beacher’s Lodge, you can start planning out your trip itinerary! Besides the events listed below, there are a TON of other holiday activities going on around town! We hope this gets you started off to a good start:

1.Old Town Trolley Nights of Lights Tours  and Ripley’s Red Train Tours offer a narrated, spectacular experience of the infamous Nights of Lights from November 19th through January 31st, from 6 to 9 pm each night. No reservations are required.

  1.  Dec. 8th, 10:30 am & 7 pm: A Garfield Christmas Performance is at Thrasher-Horne Center. Tickets start at $19.
  2. Dec. 8th, 8 pm: St. Augustine Orchestra’s Annual Christmas Concert  This annual Christmas performance is at the River House. Admission.
  3. Dec 9th, 9 am to 3 pm: First Coast Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show  Browse handcrafted items, candles, artwork, and more. Do all of your holiday shopping and pick up unique gifts while supporting local artists. Free admissions.
  4. Dec. 9th, 6 pm: Regatta of Lights Lighted vessels take to the waters to show off their holiday spirit. This is a must-see for spectators and participants alike. Free Viewing.
  5. Dec 15th, 7:30 pm: St. Augustine Community Band’s Winter Concert   An annual performance of holiday music. Admission.
  6. Dec. 17th, 7 pm to 9 pm: Las Posadas Del Viejo San Agustin This is a 400-year-old colonial Christmas tradition. This is an evening, torch-lit procession, which is a reenactment of Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem.  Located at St. George Street.
  7. Through January 6th, 4:15 pm Schooner Freedom Nights of Lights Sails This sail offers a breathtaking view of Nights of Lights from the water. The $50 per person rate includes complimentary soda, water, beer, wine and hot chocolate.

St. Augustine is one of the best places to spend your holidays! We hope you enjoy all of the festivities! All of us here at Beacher’s Lodge wish you and yours a very merry holiday season!

Trolley Tour of St. Augustine

Our Nation’s oldest city offers an array of activities and amazing sights! From a historical district to sunshine-filled beaches, there’s a ton of things to do for every guest. If you’re like any visitor to our amazing area, you’ll want to jam as much as possible into the time you’re here in beautiful St. Augustine. An excellent way to familiarize yourself with the area and get oriented with your surroundings, is to take advantage of St. Augustine’s trolley tours.

There are two main trolley tours that service the St. Augustine historic district. Old Town Trolley Tours and Red Train Tours. What’s the difference you might ask? Some folks say that the Red Train Tours are cute because they look like a train and are easier to access for those that need their step into the trolley to be closer to the ground. The Old Town Trolley Tours are said to have a slightly higher step and look more like an actual trolley. They both have their different styled tours, example: the Red Train tour also has a ghost tour which is the black train you see that runs in the evening. So if you want to see some ghosts, give it a try. They also have various packages and perks. Old Town Trolley also has a ghost tour as well, but looks like a type of bus and they too offer different packages. It is best to visit their website to see which style serves you best.

By using this convenient service, you’ll cover more ground than you’d be able to on foot, in a shorter amount of time. With unlimited hop on and off privileges once you purchase your seat, you’ll be able to enjoy over a hundred points of interest along the route. The fully narrated tours offer insight into the history and charm of the area, as well as suggest additional activities for later. Each touring company has drop-offs and pick-ups at each marked stop, approximately every fifteen minutes. Be sure to look at the sign and make sure you are at the service stop of the provider you chose and not their competitor. For those of us with fur babies, there are several services offering pet friendly tours .

One of my favorite things about the trolley tours is that every tour guide has their own historical fact or unknown history that they like to share. It was one of the tour guides that told me where to find the tile that looks like Henry Flagler at Flagler College, and the story about the love tree across from Mojo’s BBQ. So pay attention to what they have to say, you never know what you might learn.

Some great points of interest along the stops are the St. Augustine History Museum, the Old Jail, Potter’s Wax Museum, the Old Drug Store, the Spanish Military Hospital, and the infamous Fountain of Youth.

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting our area during a holiday celebration, the trolley tours often add theme experiences, enhancing the tour with fun-filled, holiday related activities. During Halloween, you can participate in a hauntingly fun-filled ghost tour. During the months of November and December, tours of Nights of Lights can be experienced.

The trolley tours will enhance your vacationing experience throughout our area. This easy, fun, and affordable portion of your vacation just might become your most favorite memory! So, book your stay with us here at Beacher’s Lodge, reserve your trolley tour, and prepare to have a wonderful vacation enjoying our heritage and culture in beautiful St. Augustine, Florida!

Night of Lights, Beacher's Lodge

Every year, St. Augustine becomes more vibrant with our annual Nights of Lights celebration! If you’ve not yet had the opportunity to enjoy Nights of Lights, it’s time to set a few days aside, book a stay with us at Beachers Lodge, and prepare yourself for a memorable holiday experience! Amazing dining, sensational tours, endless entertainment, as our annual holiday event will keep you busy for several days! There are sights to see, places to eat, stores to shop, and amazing architecture to enjoy! The entire downtown area comes alive with the holiday spirit and offers ample opportunities to make joyous memories! Did you know we have been voted as one of the Top Ten Places to See Holiday Lights?

From mid-November to the end of January, the historical downtown area of St. Augustine becomes a hub of holiday lights, music, and activities. Over three million lights shine throughout our downtown area, lining walkways, trimming trees, and enhancing the beauty of historic buildings. Stores and restaurants remain open later into the evening hours, giving you the opportunity to dine and shop under the holiday lights. There are several tours available for your enjoyment and transportation. You’re able to take in the sights on foot or by train, trolley, boat, helicopter, or horse-drawn carriages. Some of the local attractions offer hot chocolate and cool glasses with their tours. Check out their websites to find which fits your style.

We recommend an invigorating walk or viewing the magic via horse-drawn carriage rides, after experiencing one of the many amazing restaurants in the area. Grab a cup of coffee, and leisurely stroll through the Plaza de la Constitucion, and savor the lights, the Christmas tree, the music, and the company of your friends and/or family.

The Nights of Lights Celebration celebrates a Spanish Holiday Custom of placing candles in windows of your home to welcome the Christmas Holiday Season and to invite guests into their home. Our city commemorates this joyous holiday by lighting up the downtown area and turning it into what appears to be a “winter wonderland” of joyous celebrations. I use this term loosely as it is by far not winter-like conditions in our neck of the woods.

Enjoy holiday songs as they reverberate throughout the entire area, offering the opportunity to sing or dance along. Candlelight tours offer a romantic walk, offering a more spiritual feeling to your holidays. There is even an ugly Christmas sweater pub crawl for those that love a great pub crawl.

Have you heard of our Christmas light bandit, who will sneak in and switch out a white bulb for a colored one! As you meander around downtown, keep your eyes peeled for the occasional colored bulb (usually red) and the sneaky elf trying to switch it out for another one!

So, go ahead and book your stay with us, pack your flip-flops and a hoodie, put your family and friends in the car, and head on down to downtown St. Augustine. Don’t forget your camera! The Nights of Lights will create memories that will be with you forever. No need to say “cheese,” as the atmosphere gives you a special feeling that makes you want to smile the whole time you’re here.

While the shock of Hurricane Irma is beginning to subside, we are still working on roof repair from the damage she left behind.  As of 11/29/17, most of our roof work has been completed and we have had very little complaints from any noise.  We are currently waiting for the trim to be installed. Before that can happen, we must have stucco repaired along the roof line – we are hoping that will start as soon as January 8th.  There will be a lift in operation.  There will be workers on property between the hours of 8am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.  The majority of the work will be happening over rooms 420 – 401, however we do expect some work to take place on the north section a little later in the project.    We apologize for any inconvenience, as this work is a necessity.  If you have any questions or concerns, please give us a call and we will let you know anything we know here at the front desk.  1-800-527-8849 or 904-471-8849.

Crescent Beach Warning Flags

We have guests from all over the United States come stay with us and many of them don’t know what our beach flags mean. There’s always a sign that explains what they mean but not all notice it. I can’t tell you how many times I am asked what the flag means, and I am always happy to answer as I want all of our guests to stay safe at all times.

When you see double red flags that means the beach is closed to the public. You might be asking why. Most of the time it is because we have a horrible storm out there or an environmental issue that is presumed to be unsafe. Officials only close the beach when absolutely necessary.

One red flag means that the surf is high and or strong currents. Even if you are an excellent swimmer it is still advised to stay out. Rip currents and under toes can take out even the strongest of swimmers. The main people that you will see in the water during a red flag are our local surfers. They never want to miss out on a chance to experience some tubular surf.

The yellow flag. This means moderate surf and/or currents. If you are not a strong swimmer it is advised to enjoy the rays and sand between your toes instead of going for a swim. The water is usually extremely chopping during a yellow flag and the chance of strong currents developing is likely. Again you’ll probably catch a few surfers trying to hang 10 on a yellow flag day.

When you see a green flag that is a great thing. This means the waters are calm and more ideal for taking a dip and enjoying. No matter the color of the beach flag you must always use caution when playing with mother nature.

Purple flag means dangerous marine life. Usually this sign is used the most during peak jellyfish season. Nobody enjoys a jellyfish sting so the flag is used to prevent people from being harmed from various dangerous marine life.

Now you might be asking, “what if I don’t see any beach signs?” The absence of beach flags on Crescent Beach doesn’t mean it is safe or dangerous. It just means that you need to err on the side of caution. If the water is choppy or wind is strong then you will want to treat it as a yellow flag or higher. We must all use caution and keep our wits about us when playing in mother nature’s paradise.

October in St. Augustine

Nothing says pumpkin spice and everything nice in St. Augustine like cool Autumn months. To be completely honest fall weather in St. Augustine isn’t much different than summer weather; it’s just a tad cooler and the nights are fantastic!!!!

In St. Augustine we always tend to have some sort of fun event or festival but October has some of the best! In October we have a little bit of everything to celebrate. From harvest mazes to Halloween ghost tours. I’ve taken the liberty of sharing my top three October annual events with you here:

  • Origins of Halloween and Haunted Pub Crawl – is available the month of October. If you are into finding ghosts and learning about the history of Halloween with a complimentary cocktail, than this tour is a must for you. The tour takes place in the historic district. You can learn more here.
  • Corn Maze at Sykes and Cooper Farms – Whether you have kiddos or not, this event is pure good old fashion fun. This corn maze changes every year and offers clean honest fun for people of all ages. They have hayrides, viewing of farm animals and games like sack races! To find out more about this local favorite click here.
  • St. Augustine Greek Festival- This festival lasts about a week and varies each year. If you like Greek food and everything Greek then this is a must for you. They have homemade Greek foods to try and items to purchase as well as traditional Greek music and dancing. I have found this festival to be a ton of fun! To see dates click here.

Of course we have more events like the farmers market every Wednesday morning at the St. Augustine pier and various festivals that celebrate children, history, wine, etc. It really depends on what you are used to. Do you want to know what my favorite event of all is in October?

Nightly walks on the beach at Beacher’s Lodge and listening to the peaceful sounds of Crescent Beach. The moon is full, the water is lapping on the beach creating a nighttime lullaby as the cool breeze whisks across your face and tickles your toes. Doesn’t that just sound amazing?

Of course if you come visit St. Augustine in October you know there are plenty of tours, events and venues that have a ghost story or two; but you won’t hear of one here. If you are into strange occurrences or looking to be frightened download the ghost finder app on your phone and just walk around the historic district at night. You will either find it comical or frightening.

Here’s another fun October tip that you will only hear about from a true local. As you know St. Augustine was primarily built by Henry Flagler. What was once the famous Flagler hotel is now home to many college students and is now called Flagler College. Go to the entrance of the college and in the foyer there to the left of the door you will see that one of the small tiles looks like it has an imprint of Mr. Flagler himself. Many thought it was a myth, but it is true! I have seen it with my own eyes.

I hope to see many of your visit us in October so you too can enjoy fall in paradise.