St. AugustineSt. Augustine offers a wide range of accommodations including The Club at Hammock Beach, about 20 minutes south, where we were pampered and entertained.

Ahhh, this is the good life! When we arrived, a staff person gave us a personal tour and showed us to our 740 square foot (225 meters) one bedroom unit. We peeked into a 2,000 square foot, (610 meters) 3 bedroom suite which would be ideal for large families. The four bedroom suites go up to 4,000 square feet.(1219 meters) The three of us had more than enough space in our unit, complete with ocean view and kitchenette. The Club at Hammock Beach offers indoor and outdoor pools, along with a supervised and well planned Kid’s Crew program. The Jack Nicklaus Ocean Hammock Golf Course runs parallel to the ocean. We found the staff exceptionally friendly and the facilities sparkling clean. They even provided cucumber slices for our eyes when Sondra and I went into the inhalation room!

For mothers and daughters looking for a special get-a-way, The Club at Hammock Beach offers a Mother-daughter package that’s worth the splurge. They offer:

  • Two nights in a choice of two-bedroom to four-bedroom suites or villas or a luxurious vacation home
  • Spa manicures and pedicures for both Mom and daughter
  • Day trip to historic St. Augustine (transportation provided by referred limousine service). Includes a horse-drawn carriage
  • Gift shop credit of $50 each at the gift shop
  • Breakfast for two each morning

We didn’t have time for the mother-daughter package, but felt pampered just staying as “regular” guests. 200 Ocean Crest Dr., Palm Coast, 386-246-5580

In the historic section of St. Augustine, the Casa Monica is a Four-Diamond boutique hotel. Built in 1888, the hotel has a castle-like appearance complete with an arched carriage entrance. Guests have the opportunity to visit the Serenta Beach Club, about 10 minutes away. The club offers three pools, restaurants and planned activities. 95 Cordova St., 904-827-1888

The city offers many family-run hotels, ocean-side condominiums and campsites, along with 30 Victorian and Spanish style inns.

Don’t look for an Arby’s or Taco Bell in the historic part of the city. Instead, try any one of a variety of family- run restaurants. The Spanish influence is evident in many places.

Sunset Grille Enjoy indoor and outdoor dining one block from the beach. Choices range from” World’s best Coconut Shrimp” to “My Big Fat Greek Grouper”. 9 item kid’s menu also available. 421  A1A beach Blvd., 904-471-5555

The Bunnery Café If you need a quick sandwich or salad, this café is located in the heart of historic St. Augustine. Not only is it a tourist destination, we could tell locals hung out there also. Allan went back twice to get an almond filled croissant. Cookies are big and chewy! 121 St George St.,  904-829-6166

Son of a Fish Kids can order from the guppy menu while adults enjoy daily lunch specials. Their tag line is “serving fresh hot fish as quick as possible.” 8 Aviles St., 904-829-6578

Schooners Seafood House If you like quality food in a casual atmosphere, Schooners is the place to go. Fresh Florida seafood along with kid-friendly choices. Select from onion rings to award winning Minorcan clam chowder. 3560 N. Ponce de Leon Blvd.,  904-826-0233

We especially liked the variety found in the St. Augustine area. Instead of lounging by the beach all day or visiting one historical site after another, we had variety. Sondra got her tan at the beach, then we checked out rare alligators and then had some educational experiences visiting the oldest wooden schoolhouse. A perfect trip for family members with different interests!

The St. Augustine Visitors and Convention Bureau, 88 Riberia St # 400, has friendly staff and racks and racks of brochures and community information. 904-829-1711

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Special events and festivals are listed on has an easy to follow site of the many historical attractions.