We spent about 4 days in St. Augustine so we wanted to share a bit of what we did.
All in one stop.
Neither of us had ever been to this part of Florida, but we were a bit intrigued by some things we found online about food/booze/historical sites (all things we love).
Man. Weapon. Fun!
As far as food goes, our favorite place, hands down, was Yardbird for breakfast (For some reason, you can find it on Yelp as The Blue Hen and they have no website). It’s a little hard to find (small corner storefront on a side street with no sign) but just look for the address. Oh, and get there early. We arrived at 8:10am and by the time we left at 9:15am there was a very, very long line to get in, but then again it only has about 15 tables and a counter. We were so into our food, we forgot to take any photos but I had the Blue Crab Quiche and Deke had the Chicken and Biscuits. Just go there. Do it.
The traditional birthday colada!
Deke celebrated his birthday while we were in St. Augustine, so we wanted to go have a celebratory drink at a fun place. Enter The Conch House. You can sit outside under a tiki canopy and watch the boats go by. They have great mixed drinks and a fantastic calamari with banana peppers.
For dinner, we wanted to go to The Floridian, but they don’t take reservations and there was a massive line, so we chose Cap’s instead. Even though we were in a seafood mecca, my steak-and-potatoes man got just that. We sat outside on the water — it’s a great place!
Steak and an old fashioned.
My fun thing was visiting the Castillo de San Marcos — I’m a sucker for military and historical ruins! The structure (I’m just being lazy and copying what’s on the National Park System website) is “the only extant 17th century military construction in the country and the oldest masonry fortress in the United States it is a prime example of the “bastion system” of fortification, the culmination of hundreds of years of military defense engineering. It is also unique for the material used in its construction. The Castillo is one of only two fortifications in the world built out of a semi-rare form of limestone called coquina (The other is Fort Matanzas National Monument 14 miles south).”
View from the tower.
Im in love with these doors.
We plugged the meter for an hour and could’ve easily spent another hour roaming around and looking at the rooms and weapons. For $7 it was totally worth it!
Cannons are cool.
On our way back from Florida, we saw that the temperatures in Raleigh were supposed to be extremely cold in the next few weeks, so we decided it would be best to blow out the lines before putting it back in storage. We thought we’d give try the Fayetteville RV Resort a try since it’s about an hour from our storage garage.
This was previously a KOA, so it’s got all the things you’d come to expect from a KOA (pool, little cabins to rent, a store, full hook ups, level spots, propane) but I feel the new owners are really working to make it better. All the restrooms are being updated, they’ve obviously done a lot of work on the landscaping and overall, it’s a really nice park for a day or two.
They have a section for fulltimers in the back that doesn’t have as many trees as the front of the park, but the spots are still nice (definitely nicer and bigger than several spots we lived in while fulltiming).
Since moving here, we’ve definitely noticed a shortage of nice RV parks in the area (and by nice I mean clean and safe), so I’d definitely recommend this park if you’re traveling through the area and need to make a pit stop.
We wanted to check out at least one campground in South Carolina before heading home and Huntington Beach State Park looked perfect.
The park has 133 spots and direct beach access via several wooden paths throughout the park.
There are two beach paths leading from each end of the park.
There are some pretty private spots like ours, or some not-so-private spots around the inside of the loops. There’s also a loop in the back with heavy tree cover (but further from the beach), and some tent sites.
Second loop of the campground.
On the grounds of the state park is also Atalaya, a Moorish-style house that was once the winter home of sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington. You can tour the house for $2.
The beach here is also really beautiful — white sand, dolphins, pelicans and some great shells.
New Year’s morning.
Jekyll Island is fantastic.
Bike path all the way around Jekyll Island.
The campground is the least private we’ve stayed in on this trip, but with an island this great, we didn’t spend a lot of time in the campground anyway.
No privacy in spot #27, but that didn’t stop us from having a fire. Sorry neighbors.
There are 206 camp spots (back in, pull through, full hook ups, primitive tent….) and a general store with the basics, including firewood. There’s also a little area designated for bird watching with swings for guests to sit on.
Looking for some quiet or just some birds?
In some spots, maneuvering around the trees in a big rig might be tricky.
At least there’s shade!
A short drive or bike ride directly across from the campground leads to Driftwood Beach with a fishing pier, and a nice sandy beach that leads to some beautiful scenery.
Pier off of Driftwood Beach.
It seems like this boat was way too close to shore….
For all the people in the campground, it was extremely quiet — plus there were a lot of fellow Airstreamers there! (Hi Bob and Lisa!)
Heading back north, we couldn’t get in to Anastasia State Park, so we made a reservation for North Beach RV Resort in the little oceanside area of St. Augustine called Vilano Beach.
This park is huge — there are 160 or so spots, a heated pool, many restrooms and washer/dryer areas and it’s right across the street from the ocean (we’re on the ocean side). You can also stay on the river side with some spots right on the water. NOTE #1: You can have a fire, but you need to bring your own fire pit!
The river is right behind me, along with the boat dock.
Beach across from the campground.
Vilano Beach is a bit secluded, but it has a new grocery store and a handful of restaurants. You can bike to Cap’s (great seafood, a bar and views of the water) or walk to The Reef (on the ocean) and Aunt Kate’s (we didn’t eat here– it’s at the back of the campground, on the river).
Note #2: We had full hook-ups, but the water smelled and tasted like saltwater, so I’d recommend bringing some bottled water.
This is the only photo of our spot we got!