Aviles Street Merchants Association
Uptown San Marco Merchants
ARTISTS • ART GALLERIES
Amiro Art & Found
Art Galleries of St. Augustine (AGOSA)
Bouvier Maps & Prints
High Tide Gallery
Island Framers & Gallery
Lost Art Gallery
Rembrandtz • Rembrandtz Mosaic Studio
Sea Spirits Gallery & Gifts
The Starving Artist
The Abby Road Boutique
The Ancient Olive
Carrera Wine Cellar
St. Augustine's Forever Young Perfume
St. Jorge Tobacco & Gifts
PERFORMING ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT
First Coast Opera
The Limelight Theatre
HEALTH & FITNESS
Sharon Hill Massage Therapist
SEE & DO
Anastasia Miniature Golf
Ancient City Charters of St. Augustine
Villa Zorayda Museum
REAL ESTATE &
Coldwell Banker Premier Properties
Jeanne Johns & Jill Miles
London Looks Hair Design
St. Augustine and the outlying vicinity offer many distinctive destinations for dining, shopping and doing interesting things. From the many historic and neighborhood districts, well-located shopping centers and mega malls, to village-like town centers, you’ll find plenty to see, savor and acquire
Anastasia Island and St. Augustine Beaches
Anastasia Island is a barrier island just east of downtown St. Augustine and across the Bridge of Lions. There you will find access to Anastasia State Park and miles of pristine public beaches. Also on “the island” you will discover unique restaurants and one-of-a-kind shops including the eclectic Simple Gestures art gallery, located next to the iconic Gypsy Cab restaurant and The Corner Bar. For family fun, try your luck at Anastasia Miniature Golf, across from Gypsy Cab, which offers a sweeping view of the St. Augustine Lighthouse from its mountainous course.
Treat yourself to a private boating experience by stepping back in time on a Mathews 1962 yacht, and gain a unique view of St. Augustine’s quaint harbors and waterways with Ancient City Charters, which operates out of The Conch House Marina Resort. Close to the Alligator Farm, Christé Blue is a designer consignment and new clothing boutique with an extensive collection of women’s clothing, furniture, art and accessories. A little further south, St. Jorge Tobacco has everything for the smoker plus a nice selection of gifts.
St. Johns County, Ocean Pier and A1A Beach Boulevard
Follow A1A Beach Blvd to the perfect place for relaxing and sightseeing. A Visitors Information Center is located inside the Pier Gift Shop. The Fishing Pier is within a 4-acre beachfront park. Many community events are held at the Pier Pavilion including arts and craft shows, concerts, festivals and a Wednesday Farmers Market. The park also offers beach volleyball courts, a play ground, Splash Park for kids and free parking and public restrooms. Directly across from the pier and park are several fun, beach-themed restaurants: Salt Life Food Shack, Sunset Grille and Coquina Beach Surf Club. The Art Studio of St. Augustine Beach is located adjacent to the park and offers rotating art shows and classes.
If you have fallen in love with the area, you can stop in to Endless Summer Realty or Coldwell Banker Premier Properties to browse your St. Augustine dream home or vacation rental—both have offices on A1A Beach Boulevard. Heading south on A1A Beach Boulevard you will find La Cocina International Restaurant within the elegant Castillo Real Hotel on your left and Zaba’s, a casual coffee shop and eatery on your right (at the A Street Beach Access Intersection) and a little further south, the festive, family-owned Playa Chac Mool, for authentic Mexican fare and music for lunch and dinner.
Often refered to as “Beaches Publix Plaza,” this shopping center off of A1A South on Anastasia Island, is always abuzz with activity. In addition to a full service salon and several specialty shops, the plaza hosts several of the island’s favorite eateries: Casa Maria Mexican Restaurant, Verrazano Pizza and Marble Slab Creamery. 1033 A1A Beach Blvd.; 32084; (904) 461-3536
Next up is Seaside Plaza which contains several local favorite restaurants and unique shops. Within the plaza, is Amistad, a fair trade store featuring local art and a diverse wine selection. Purchase a bottle and walk it over to share while at the Purple Olive, a family-operated eatery offering New American dinners with a Mediterranean touch. Accessorize your life and spice up your closet at The Abbey Road Boutique located in a freestanding building surrounded by the plaza.
SeaGrove Town Center
Located on Anastasia Island off of A1A at A Street, SeaGrove Town Center is the focal point of this charming community and a gathering place for beaches residents and visitors. SeaGrove’s picturesque main street features pastel buildings with colorful awnings and balconies. For modern Northern Italian fare, visit Terra & Aqua with indoor and outdoor seating and delicious wood fired pizza. Also in the Town Center is London Looks Hair Design, an elegant, first-class salon featuring full hair design services, a wide selection of hair care products as well as professional makeup application and full nail services. A stroll away is a branch of the public library and full service post office.
Ponce de Leon Boulevard (US 1)
This major entrance corridor into and throughout St. Augustine is experiencing a renaissance of sorts with numerous major new projects and businesses in various stages of development.
The St. Augustine Shipyard is a multi-million dollar waterfront Marine Merchant Community in development on the San Sebastian River with views of historic downtown. The Shipyard Marina, with more than 300 new boat slips, is now open and Phase II, the construction of restaurants, shopping and offices are in various stages of planning and approval. Tag! Children’s Museum of St. Augustine, an interactive children’s museum slated for construction this fall, also shares a beautiful wooded parcel next to the Shipyard Campus. Visitors to the Museum will step into a rich and immersive learning environment with unique outdoor and indoor exhibits and programming. For more information, visit tagmuseum.org.
Centrally located off of S.R. 312, just west of Old Moultrie Road, this upscale shopping center features the mainland Publix, Beall’s department store, and a host of major retailers such as Pier One, Michael’s, Petco and Bed, Bath & Beyond. Broudy’s Liquors and restaurants rim the perimeter including Yamato Japanese Steak House and Sushi Bar. Locally owned Black Molly Grill is a great spot for fresh local seafood and steaks in a casual and fun family-friendly atmosphere.
Historic District and Downtown
Stroll through St. Augustine’s historic district and you’ll find a wealth of cafés, restaurants, galleries, shops, boutiques amid the astounding historical architecture and ambience. Buildings dating back to the city’s colonial period and a coquina fort built in 1565 give St. Augustine its unique European flavor. Flagler College, the Lightner Museum and an historic Plaza, which used to serve as a slave market and now is the site of several Civil Rights monuments, are not to be missed. Villa Zorayda Museum, built in 1883 as a winter home, has the distinction of being a scale replica of the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, and offers daily tours.
Enjoy free summer concerts on Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. in the Plaza from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The holiday season brings the annual Nights of Lights celebration to downtown and the Plaza is the site for the official light up ceremony on November 19. The city glitters with over 3 million little white lights from November to January.
St. George Street
The historic district’s main thoroughfare is St. George Street, which from the city gates to the plaza, is blocked off for pedestrian-only traffic. But be sure to venture off the beaten track for some wonderful surprises tucked away on side streets. Pizzalley’s and The Chianti Room offer pizza and Italian specialties. The Bull & Crowne Publick House and Taberna del Caballo in The Colonial Quarter, an immersive living history museum experience, are open to the public and offer unforgettable themed dining in the heart of the city.
South of the Plaza, Aviles is the oldest street in the city. Reminiscent of Europe, this quaint bricked street is known as The Art District, with a diverse group of galleries and restaurants with sidewalk café dining. Check out Amiro Art & Found for original art and vintage finds and Candida’s Closet for art-to-wear clothing and jewelry. Bouvier Maps & Prints has an extensive collection of antique maps and charts for purchase. South St. George street is where you will find Lost Art Gallery and Sea Spirit Gifts, with a nautical flair. Around the corner on King Street get a taste of gourmet olive oil and find unique cooking accouterments at The Ancient Olive. Also on King Street, just past the local post office, shop for unique gifts or sign up for a mosaic class at Rembrandtz. Cuna Street is North of the Plaza (off St. George Street) where you will find interesting gifts and upcoming artists at The Starving Artist.
Mark your calendar for the First Friday Art Walk, which is hosted by the Art Galleries of St. Augustine, every first Friday of the month from 5-9 pm.
St. Augustine Premium Outlets
Located at the corner of S.R. 16 and I-95, you’ll find top retail outlets for Banana Republic, Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, Carter’s, Coach, Converse, Gap Outlet, J.Crew, Movado, Nike, OshKosh Ba Gosh, Polo Ralph Lauren, Reebok, Tommy Bahama, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Visit the website for more information, premiumoutlets.com