It is almost that time of the year when everyone gathers for one of the summer’s biggest holidays. The Fourth of July is a day to celebrate the independence of our great country and spend some time out in the sun before joining together for a dazzling display of fireworks.

St. Augustine enjoys celebrating the 4th in style, so to help you make the most of your time with Beacher’s Lodge, we’ve created a guide to some of the fun things to do for the holiday.

St. Augustine has a multitude of sights to see, and the St. Augustine Sightseeing Tours is the perfect way to pick and choose where you want to go, and when! Hop on and off at any of 23 stops, from the Fountain of Youth to the Plaza de la Constitucion to the Colonial Quarter. As part of the Fountain of Youth package, you’ll also receive admission to the Old Jail, Oldest Store Museum, the St. Augustine History Museum, and of course, the Fountain of Youth. Trolley tickets are valid for two consecutive days, so if you can’t fit everything into one day, don’t fret – you can always come back the next day.

On the day of the 4th, if you’re looking for some time outside of St. Augustine, visit Palm Coast to attend the Choral Arts Society show. The show will be an hour and a half long, filled with patriotic tunes. The show is entirely free, though donations will go towards the benefit of art and music students in the form of scholarships.

If parades are more your style, check out the Fabulous Fourth Festival on the A1A Highway at Flagler Beach. Running from 10 am to noon, the parade will be filled with floats and entertainment, including the handing out of candy if you have any little ones with you, or just want to treat yourself.

Back in St. Augustine, fireworks will be held at 9:30 pm, at 1 South Castillo Drive. Prior to the fireworks, there will be an orchestra entertaining from 6 to 8 pm at the Plaza de la Constitucion, playing a mix of swing and Americana tunes! The bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic, but there will be a free Park & Ride shuttle on Anastasia Blvd. From 6:00 p.m. until midnight from three parking locations along Anastasia Blvd. in St. Augustine Beach. The shuttle will pick up at these locations: Anastasia Baptist Church (1650 A1A South), St. Augustine Amphitheatre (1340-C A1A South) and R.B. Hunt Elementary School (125 Magnolia Dr.). For more information, click here.

If being a little further from the action is more your style, the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum will allow for a view of the fireworks from almost 170 feet in the air! The cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children under 12. Move quickly, there are just a few tickets left!

No matter what you choose to do, spending your Independence Day in and around the Nation’s oldest city is sure to give you a wonderful patriotic experience!

Father’s Day is quickly approaching, and some of us are not sure what we should do for dad on his special day. Should you get him a tie, or a weekend at the beach grilling steaks in the BBQ area at Beacher’s Lodge?

Naturally we think a weekend getaway for dad is much better than a tie and we bet dad will agree. Not only can he grill his favorite BBQ burgers or steaks, but there’s lots to do with dad in the  Crescent beach area.

Just south of St. Augustine, Crescent Beach boasts some of the best sun and sand that you can find. Gorgeous beaches are surrounded by history and top-rated restaurants, making this the perfect place to spend a day with Dad.

Fort Matanzas National Monument

An excellent place to start the day would be at Fort Matanzas National Monument. Consisting of a fort that has been standing since 1740, as well as 100 acres of salt marsh and barrier islands, this national monument stands as a symbol of protection. The history of Coastal Florida is filled with major conflicts as everyone sought to control the New World, and this Fort is part of what is left of that history. The fort today serves to protect the barrier islands and the plants and animals that have lived there for hundreds of years.

Kite Surfing

Also on Matanzas Inlet, there are long stretches of beach prime for kitesurfing, something that can be arranged with help from Kiteboarding Florida. Whether you want to stay on Matanzas or take a short trip to somewhere like Porpoise Point, they will help you organize the outing by pointing you in the right direction.

South Beach Grill

A morning of kitesurfing is sure to work up an appetite, and South Beach Grill is one of the top-rated restaurants in Crescent Beach. With a variety of menu options from vegan to gluten-free, burgers to tacos, healthy bowls to fried gator tail, there is surely something on the menu to please any palate.

Moses Creek Conservation Area

To work off your delicious lunch, take dad on a trip to the Moses Creek Conservation area, and walk along a variety of trails, or explore the bluffs within the area. Moses Creek is a wonderful place to picnic, fish, and take a glimpse of the wildlife around you.

Head back to Beacher’s Lodge to add to the comfort and ease of an exciting Crescent Beach getaway – where there’s always a wonderful selection of suites. Spend the evening on the ocean front balcony and have one of those heart to hearts with dear Ol’ Dad. Give the king of the castle the weekend he deserves, and start making memories with us at Beacher’s Lodge.

Mother’s Day has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean that the sentiment behind the holiday has to end within twenty-four hours. Whether you wanted to avoid the crazy rush the day of, or try to save your sanity in the days leading up to it, Beacher’s Lodge has all the details for a Mother’s Day Getaway.

Whether you want to have a mommies day out with your other mom friends, or you want to spend quality time just you and your mom, there’s a place that’s perfect for you. Nothing starts off the morning the right way more than a trip to the spa. Luckily, there’s quite a few options right in the St. Augustine area, each offering something different to make sure that you get what you want most.

Small Indulgences Day Spa has a wide variety of options for services, ranging from facials, to hair treatments, to massages. They even offer various different packages, from all day packages ( for those mommas that desperately need that rest and relaxation ) to a sample package that will give you the quick refresh you need before you head out the door to your next location.

If the morning at the spa works up your appetite, there are plenty of food options in the area to satisfy those cravings. Michael’s Tasting Room, considered one of the premier special occasion dining choices, has a wide variety of seasonal fish and steakhouse cuts, any of which could be followed with a classic Florida Key Lime Pie. However, if your stomach is screaming for a wonderful sandwich, The Ice Plant is the place for you. With a menu dedicated to unique flavors handcrafted from local ingredients, the farm to table cousine and cocktails are sure to hit the spot!

At the end of your St. Augustine adventure, nothing rounds out the perfect girl’s day out like a trip to the award winning San Sebastian Winery. Tours and tastings run about forty-five minutes, where the wonderful tour guides take you around the wine production facility before letting you taste the wine and see for yourself what all the buzz is about.

Once you have had a fun and exciting day in downtown St. Augustine, be sure to enjoy a glass of wine from the bottle you bought from the San Sebastian Winery as you watch the waves roll in and sing you a lullaby from your Beacher’s Lodge balcony. No matter the time of year, watching the day settle into the night is always breathtaking.

Mom getaways are the perfect way to get the rest and relaxation all moms need while staying at their home away from home. So whether you’re in the area or coming in from out of town looking for the perfect Mother’s Day weekend getaway, be sure to check out the specials on Beacher’s Lodge to find the best option for you.

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and with it, so is the stress of finding the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It always seems to be a struggle each year – nothing advertised seems to be the right thing, nothing seems to be enough for the person who always puts themselves last, so you wait and wait hoping that the right things will come to you.

This year, there is no need for the panic, no need for the last minute shopping chaos because Beachers Lodge has you covered. With a close proximity to downtown St. Augustine, there is no shortage of excursions to plan, or places to shop.

For the Fishing Mom

If your mom is the kind to have been recently begging you to spend some quality time together, there are a multitude of options in the St. Augustine area, starting with surf fishing just a few steps from your Beachers Lodge condo. Begin with a few lessons from Noel Kuhn, or jump right into a full five hours on the beach with nothing but the sun, the sand, and your fishing rod. If time on the open sea is more her style, you can find full and half day fishing charters organized by Sea Love Charters or our favorite, the Jody Lynn. With everything provided for you, barring your mom’s favorite meal that you’ll pack to bring along, this is the perfect way to spend all your time focused on bonding.

Mom Wants Salt Therapy

Mom does so much for the family all year round. To keep her sanity during her beach vacation, why not let mom enjoy a little salt thereapy. We offer salt therapy here at the property free of charge. Let mom enjoy a relaxing evening as she sips a nice glass of wine (or whatever she chooses to quench her thirst) as she breaths in the salt air. The sunrises from our balconies can’t be beat!!! That’s one way mom can get in a little salt therapy while enjoying the view.

If mom is looking for a more formal version of Salt Therapy, we suggest taking mom to Salt Spa St. Augustine where she can enjoy a unique salt therapy experience. This spa is located in downtown St. Augustine which resembles a salt cave and features water therapy too!!! It will be an experience she will never forget.

Mom Would Love an Eco Tour

Returning a little bit closer to home, Eco Tours is a fantastic way to spend some quality time with your mom while also learning more about the local environment. From boating expeditions to kayaking adventures and sailing excursions, Eco Tours will be there to help you every step of the way. They even offer private tours, in case you feel like planning a special surprise to round out the day.

Mom the Chocolate Lover

Whetstone Chocolates, located on St. George Street, is the place to go for the best chocolates in all of St. Augustine. From assorted chocolates to chocolate covered pretzels to sugar-free options, you’re sure to find something to please in this wonderful shop – and you might even get to enjoy a tasting while you’re there.

Mom Loves a Little Spice

The Spice and Tea Exchange on Hypolita Street has a variety of teas, spices, sugars, sea and mineral salts, and plenty of accessories to accompany or accommodate any of the aforementioned gifts. They even have pre-organized crate boxes to ship rest and relaxation directly to your mom’s front door. How cool would it be for mom to have an extended Mom Appreciation gift waiting for her after enjoying her beach getaway with you?

Mom Loves Shopping

If a day out in the sun isn’t what momma ordered, and you know that mom loves to go shopping, there are a multitude of stores just a short drive away from your home away from home -Beachers Lodge. 

If you and mom feel up for a small adventure, the Vintage Warehouse on Anastasia Boulevard is the place for you. Filled to the brim with unique, upcycled vintage wares, chances are that you and mom will find something among the shelves that just screams take me home!

Mother’s Day doesn’t have to be a day of stress, hoping that everything goes perfectly. Let Beachers Lodge help you make it the best Mother’s Day yet, and be sure to take a look at the special discounts on rentals going on now!

For golf enthusiasts visiting St. Augustine, Florida, the World Golf Hall of Fame & Museum is a must-see stop on their vacation. The museum showcases the history of the game as well as honors the world’s most accomplished golf athletes.

The Hall of Fame and museum are located within the World Golf Village, a stunning resort that includes two golf courses that were collaboratively designed by four Hall of Fame members. Both the King & Bear and the Slammer & Squire courses have hosted professional tournaments. You can play the same gorgeous courses as some of the best golfers in the world when you visit.

Featured exhibits and activities

The museum features beautiful exhibits that showcase the history of golf and its greatest players. Many of the exhbits also include video, audio, and interactive elements as well. Museum admission also includes access to the virtual golf course, which featuers over 160 courses. You can even take a shot at the famous Challenge Hole.

The facilites also boast a full IMAX theater that shows both Hollywood releases and documentaries. Tickets for the theater are sold separtely, but the magic of golf on IMAX is well worth it.

In addition the Hall of Fame exhibits, the museum has a number of permanent and traveling exhibits that are sure to delight and educate you. With everything from Bob Hope: An American Treasure to The Royal and Ancient Game, which explores the rich history of golf, there is sure to be something for everyone here. Throuought the year, the museum provides educational opportunities for school children to learn about the science behind golf using an interactive program.

And if you fall in love with the stunning grounds and scenery, you can even book the facilities for upcoming events from corporate events to weddings and more.

The World Golf Hall of Fame is just a quick drive from Beacher’s Lodge.  As you can see, it’s definitely worth the visit while you are in town!

How to tee off at the World Golf Hall of Fame and Museum

Here is everything you need to know in order to visit the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Website: http://www.worldgolfhalloffame.org/

Address:  One World Golf Place, St. Augustine, FL 32092

Hours: Monday through Saturday – 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Pricing:

Adults $20.95
Seniors & Military (w/ ID) $19.95
Students (ages 13 and over w/ ID) $10.00
Children (5 – 12) $5.00
Children (4 and under) FREE

Valentine’s day in St. Augustine is charming and full of possibilities. People of all ages and walks of life enjoy giving each other gifts and going the extra mile to prove their love. If you ask visitors and locals alike, St. Augustine is the place to celebrate this special occasion. You can roam around the historic district or just have a nice romantic dinner – there’s something for everyone!

Want to start with a local favorite? Take a visit to a Love Tree!

How about a scavenger hunt through St. Augustine to find all the love trees locations?

‘What is a love tree?’ you might ask. It’s when two trees are entwined with each other, and not being able to be separated them or they will die. People say that if you kiss the love of your life underneath the tree, your love will be everlasting. So, come have a nice quiet walk with your soulmate and have a kiss under one of the trees.

The trees are located at:

6 Cordova Street St Augustine, FL, near The Love Tree Cafe. As you enjoy your walk, you can come in to the Love Tree Cafe and have a romantic breakfast or lunch. Hours of operations are:

Sunday: 9 AM – 3 PM, Monday thru Friday: 8 AM – 3 PM, Saturday: 9 AM – 3 PM

The Love Tree Cottage Gift Shop venue has gifts, engagement packages, and ceremony packages. These packages include:

Engagement Package 2 / $50

  • Includes admission to the property for up to 1 hour.
  • Use of building and facilities.
  • Engagement certificate.
  • Legend of the Love Tree souvenir photo.
  • 20% of items in the gift shop.

Ceremony Package / $150

  • Includes wedding venue for up to 30 people with use of Love Tree Cottage Garden.
  • The building and facilities are available for use.
  • A wedding ceremony certificate.
  • Love Tree souvenir photo.
  • Refreshments are made available to wedding guests (including canned soft drinks, sweet and unsweetened tea, and bottled water).
  • Guests receive 20% off gift shop purchases.

Make this Valentine’s Day one to remember with a photo and souvenir to remember the day.

The hours are  Sun: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Mon – Sat: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm.

Another Love Tree sighting is located at Mission Nombre de Dios Museum, located at 89 A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Byway, St. Augustine.  Experience the beauty of this old chapel and mark another Love Tree sighting off your list.

Hours for the museum are Monday- Saturday 9:00 am- 5:00 pm and Sunday 12:00 pm- 4:00 pm.

To make the day extra special, consider finding all the Love Trees while enjoying a romantic carriage ride through the city. Southern Carriage and Buggy Tour can help you with that. It is located at  on the Bayfront Avenida Menendez, St. Augustine, FL, 32084. The hours of operation are Monday- Sunday 9:00 am- 11:30 pm.

Not Interested in love tree sightings? How about a quiet picnic?

  • Anastasia State Park is located at 300 Anastasia Park Rd. St. Augustine FL. This is the perfect venue for a beach picnic!  Hours of operation are 8 am until sundown. Admission fee $8.00 per vehicle. Enjoy the beautiful view of unspoiled beaches and the nice breeze.
  • Spyglass Public Beach Access is located at  8202 A1A S,  in St. Augustine and has breathtaking views. Florida has many beautiful beaches, but Spyglass Public Beach is extraordinary in it’s own right. It’s no wonder it’s one of the highest rated beach access points in the area! This is the perfect spot to take your special person to marvel at Florida’s natural life and enjoy a packed lunch.
  • Fort Matanzas Overlook Trail is a lovely trail where you can take a nice leisurely stroll near Fort Matanza and the river, before stopping off at a picnic table or a nice scenic spot to put down your blanket and picnic among nature.  

Want to do a more grown up activity?

How about a free tour of the St. Augustine Distillery located at 112 Riberia Street, St. Augustine, FL. Tour hours are Monday- Sunday 10:30 am- 5 pm.

Experience tasty whiskey, rum, gin & vodka tastings and see how it is made on this 21 and older tour.  

Another place you can visit and take a tour is the San Sebastian Winery located at 157 King Street St. Augustine, FL. This tour will show you how their award winning wine is made and also give you complimentary tasting. Tour hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, 11 am – 6 pm.

Want to know where to get Valentine’s gift?

Peterbrooke Chocolatier

Want to gift your special person chocolates or any other kind of sweets? Peterbrooke Chocolatier has you covered. With their chocolate gift boxes, hand-dipped fruits or pretzels, and more, there’s no better place for getting classic Valentine’s Day chocolates!

located at 333 Village Main St #650, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Their hours of operation are Monday- Saturday 9:00 am- 8:00 pm and Saturday 12:00pm- 6:00pm

Creme de la Cocoa

Feeling a bit adventurous? Creme de la Cocoa has your covered, with a variety of flavors and styles of goodies. They also offer classes, so you can hand make your own treats with your love! For a list of their classes, look here.

They are  located at 299 San Marco Ave, St. Augustine, FL. Their hours of operation are Tuesday- Saturday 10:00 am- 6:00 pm.

Want to have a nice meal date?

Cafe Alcazar

Cafe Alcazar is a refined, white-tablecloth lunch option in the Lightner Museum, offering upscale New American fare. This is a lovely option to kick off the romance earlier in the day. Their highly rated dishes won’t disappoint!

Located at 25 Granada Street St. Augustine, FL.

Aviles Restaurant and Lounge

Are you and your partner early risers? You don’t have to wait for the night to have a romantic meal! You can come to Aviles and have a lovely breakfast date. It’s sure to impress, as the lounge staff and it’s chefs are award winning professionals!

Located at 32 Avenida Menendez, Saint Augustine, FL.

Hours of operation –

Breakfast: Monday-Friday 7:00 am – 11:00 am, Saturday 7:00 am-11:00 am – Sunday 7:00 am-12:00.

Lunch: Monday-Sunday 12:00 am – 4:00 pm.

Dinner: Monday- Sunday 4:00 pm – 10 pm.

This Valentine’s day look no further then St Augustine to have an unforgettable day of romance.

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!

4th of july

There’s something special about celebrating America’s birthday in St. Augustine, FL. Not only is it the first city of our great nation, but it is full of history and exciting things to do during the 4th of July weekend.

Many of our guests that come to Crescent Beach can’t wait to get their toes in the sand and enjoy the view, but during the 4th of July weekend I am often asked, “How do you celebrate America’s birthday?”

If I were a guest and wanted to truly experience the area like a local, my 4th of July weekend would be planned like something like this:

First day, I would check-in to Beacher’s Lodge and hit the grocery store for fruit, burgers, hot dogs, lots of bottled water and maybe a few adult drinks, like Fresca. We all know that America loves to celebrate her birthday with burgers and dogs on the grill and lucky for us, we have charcoal grills here on the property for our guests to use.

After I have stocked my fridge for the weekend, I would kick off my shoes and enjoy the view of the ocean and just relax before whipping up a quick meal.

Second day of my 4th of July weekend has arrived and I would be up early as I want to watch the sunrise on the beach. Nothing beats a nice beach stroll first thing in the morning. Have you ever noticed how cool the sand feels between your toes in the morning?

After eating breakfast I would grab my bathing suit, flip flops, sunscreen, floppy hat, beach chair and head for the beach. Naturally the rest of my day will be perfectly well spent in paradise as the ocean sings to me and I get a nice tan!

That evening I would travel down the road to the historic district of beautiful St. Augustine. Strolling along the cobblestone roads is kind of like being in Europe as the architecture still shows signs of years long ago. In the historic district I would do a little shopping and try various foods along the way. To end my night I would walk along the bayfront and take in the view of the Bridge of Lions and all the boats in the river. Nothing beats this view as the wind blows through your hair and the lights dance off the water.

The 4th of July has arrived and it’s all about relaxing and having fun! To celebrate the 4th, I would build sandcastles and rent a bike from Big Bill’s Beach Stuff, and enjoy a little bit of kayaking to make it a perfect day. After all, we all come to Florida to work on our tan, so being outdoors is a must. After a day of fun in the sun I’m ready to fire up the grill and enjoy a good ole fashioned 4th of July cookout, Beacher’s style! After enjoying a little dinner with friends and family we would head to St. Augustine to watch the Fireworks over the Matanzas. You can watch the fireworks from either the downtown historic district or you can watch from the southside of the Bridge of Lions. I personally prefer the area by the Bridge of Lions as it is not as crowded and yes, you can hear the music play.

For those that love marathons, St. Johns Golf and Country Club hosts the Stars and Stripes 5K every fourth of July at 8 a.m., but I am like most of our guests which means I will start the 4th of July celebration with my toes in the sand.

Enjoy traditional and modern bluegrass music at the St. Augustine Amphitheater this weekend.  Daily passes are available.  For more information visit: http://www.anastasiamusicfestival.com/