The salty scent of Matanzas Bay, the Ancient City Band rocking in the distance, and dozens of cozy corners designated for cuddling, all contribute to St. Augustine’s lavish romantic charm. St. Augustine’s architectural heritage and waterfront location create an ambiance few cities can match. So, it’s no surprise couples often find themselves kissing along the Bayfront. However, in addition to the natural charisma of the Nation’s Oldest City are dreamy cafes, unique restaurants, wondrous parks, and a few adrenaline-pumping date options which are sure to ignite sparks. Basically, the ancient city will satisfy even the dreams of extreme-romantics. Of course, we have a few suggestions for a “lovely” time out.
A Typical Date
St. Augustine’s historical treasures, bayfront backdrop and wondrous architecture make it one of the 50 Top Most Romantic Destinations Around the World according to U.S. News & World Report. So, whether you’re picnicking at Plaza de la Constitución, walking the Bayfront, or enjoying a wine tasting tour your time in St. Augustine will be charming. Therefore, any of the many activities available to do in St. Augustine are date-worthy.
Here are a few date ideas that’ll appease any lover, new or old.
St. Augustine has a plethora of cafes in historic downtown. In fact, cafes are as common as history is in the ancient city. Furthermore, many of these cafes have comfy nooks where you can people-watch, snuggle up, and snack.
Perhaps, the most romantic of them is Crucial Coffee Cafe, which is nestled at the corner of Cuna and Charlotte Street. Camouflaged in plain sight, the delightful court provides a hidden and intimate area for lover’s (and coffee drinkers, of course.) It is often referred to as the Cafe Garden and is outlined by green shrubs, pales of flowers, petite palm trees, and other Floridian plant life; The refurbished tables are covered with a red linen tablecloth and bohemian pillows for sitting.
Amongst a variety of delicious treats, Crucial Cafe specializes in pies, chocolate pastries, unique coffee products, NY Italian ice and ice cream to die for! However, they aren’t the only delicious and picturesque hotspot to bring your loved one – if you love them a latte.
Café’s in historic downtown offering scrumptious desserts, rich coffee, and dreamy seating include; St. Augustine Coffee House, Spanish Bakery & Cafe, Moon and Sun Café, Relampago Coffee Lab, and Hot Shot Bakery N’ Café.
Aside from a handful of locations, historic downtown restaurants are all locally owned which means that each eatery has unique urban menus and venues. Start your meal with a summer watermelon and arugula salad at Collage, sit under a canopy of lush oaks at Harry’s, or share a meal in Lincolnville Historic District at Preserved. Wherever you dine in St. Augustine is sure to involve starry-eyed glances in a dimly-lit room with plenty of smooches!
Whether you want to rekindle a love affair or spark the very first flame, adrenaline may be exactly what your romantic getaway calls for. Although not many of us desire to leave the quaint streets and sunshiny parks of the historic district, these adventures are worth the drive.
Romance that Reaches New Heights
Nothing says, “kiss me,” quite like floating a few hundred feet above the Nation’s oldest city with your significant other. In fact, the Castillo de San Marco, Spanish colonial styled-architecture, and numerous cathedrals are breathtaking in general, so an aerial view is icing on the cake. But, don’t get caught smooching too long because the Old City Helicopter tour only begins in the historic district with options for getting a birds-eye-view of St. Augustine Lighthouse, Porpoise Point, and St. Augustine Beach.
If You Love Horsing Around
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or newbie, horseback riding is a unique and peaceful escapade that will certainly impress the object of your affections. Not to mention, Northern Florida forests are a wonderful setting for a date; the lingering smell of fresh pine, canopies of wild oaks, and periodical calls of wildlife are quite different from the salty scent and boat horns of the ancient city. One of the best ranches in St. Augustine is Haven Horse Ranch, a quiet horse sanctuary cozied on 26-acres of Florida terrain and located just a few miles west of I95. The wranglers at Haven Horse Ranch are friendly, patient, and knowledgeable!
Pre-Tying The Knot
Do you plan on proposing during your romantic getaway? Well, you’ve come to the right place – St. Augustine is the historical venue of your “she said yes” dreams. In particular, the St. Augustine Lighthouse & Maritime Museum has been the highlight of many successful proposals. The prestigious grounds, extensive history, and breathtaking view have beckoned lover’s worldwide to pop the question atop the Nation’s Oldest Port, 165 feet above sea level.
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