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Old 05-13-2015, 07:19 AM   #29
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Eat at Santa Maria and feed the fish while you eat! Second the rec of buying the three day trolley pass - doesn't matter which company.
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Old 05-13-2015, 09:01 AM   #30
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Eat at Santa Maria and feed the fish while you eat! Second the rec of buying the three day trolley pass - doesn't matter which company.
I just have to say this... feed the fish as the food isn't fit for humans.... so many better places to go.
I see that the restaurant has been recently sold to OC Whites , so that should be a great improvement once they get it refurbished and under control.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:15 AM   #31
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I just have to say this... feed the fish as the food isn't fit for humans.... so many better places to go.
I see that the restaurant has been recently sold to OC Whites , so that should be a great improvement once they get it refurbished and under control.
In years past it was just OK. But your soooo correct, with so many great places to dine just eliminate the old Santa Maria. OC's will probably due it justice. If it's still in business Cowboy's on the intercostal waterway beachside was very good with great views of the setting sun and salt marsh.
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Old 05-25-2015, 08:55 PM   #32
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Bryn Mawr is okay for big rigs but is not deluxe, just a place to stay.
Last week we decided to see if we could get a spot in St Augustine for Memorial Day weekend. Anastasia was full (of course) so we checked out some other places including Bryn Mawr. Not only did they have an open spot, but it was near the oceanside spots. We just got back this afternoon and we've now booked the nicest spot they have oceanside for our end of the summer long weekend, originally had Anastasia, but we're canceling that. We've also booked Memorial Day for next yearBeing able to walk out of your coach and be on the beach in 5 minutes is just fantastic. Not all the spots at this place are great. Its a co-op where the spots are privately owned. The size and condition of the spots varies quite a bit. And it is pricey. But if you're there for the beach, it is unbeatable. You still have the best of St Augustine (local restaurants on A1A, all the Old City attractions, the Fort etc).

The sites can be pretty tight. We saw a 5th wheel have to give up on a site (they ended up at a nicer oceanside spot than we had!). The staff seemed pretty friendly. They have two nice pools, a large family pool up front and a smaller adults only pool. The rest rooms I were in seemed pretty clean. The ones my wife went to maybe not so much. But the place was packed for the holiday. Everyone was friendly to us. The Park Models (prefab trailers dropped on sites) seemed pretty new for the most part. Most are available for rent.

We love Anastasia, but 30 Amp service only and no sewer make it more attractive for the cooler months and short stays.

There were several other RV parks on the opposite side of A1A that looked nice, but you'd still have to drive (I assume) over to the beach.
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Old 05-27-2015, 02:12 PM   #33
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I think the best place to camp is Beverley Beach Campland, about 25 miles south of St. Augustine on A1A. The campground is directly on the ocean and very clean. Kind of a big parking lot but the sea makes up for it.



Most of the restaurants in St. Augustine are mediocre and some of those highest rated by tourists serve frozen shrimp and fish, despite the local abundance of the fresh stuff. The town is full of kitschy tourist traps and IMO the only things worth seeing are the Castillo (where I work as an NPS volunteer), the mission of Nombre de Dios, the Flagler era architecture and the Alligator Farm. The Alligator farm is of historical interest as one of the few remaining Mom and Pop tourist attractions--a look back at Florida tourism before Disney and big money changed it.

Note that the old Marineland is on A1A between Beverley Beach and St. Augustine, as is Matanzas Inlet and Fort Matanzas; it was north of the inlet in the dunes that Pedro Menendez, the founder of St. Augustine, destroyed several hundred French pirates in 1565.
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I think the best place to camp is Beverley Beach Campland, about 25 miles south of St. Augustine on A1A. The campground is directly on the ocean and very clean. Kind of a big parking lot but the sea makes up for it.



Most of the restaurants in St. Augustine are mediocre and some of those highest rated by tourists serve frozen shrimp and fish, despite the local abundance of the fresh stuff. The town is full of kitschy tourist traps and IMO the only things worth seeing are the Castillo (where I work as an NPS volunteer), the mission of Nombre de Dios, the Flagler era architecture and the Alligator Farm. The Alligator farm is of historical interest as one of the few remaining Mom and Pop tourist attractions--a look back at Florida tourism before Disney and big money changed it.

Note that the old Marineland is on A1A between Beverley Beach and St. Augustine, as is Matanzas Inlet and Fort Matanzas; it was north of the inlet in the dunes that Pedro Menendez, the founder of St. Augustine, destroyed several hundred French pirates in 1565.
Wow, Beverly Beach Campground is proud of thier sites! That place makes Fort Wilderness look cheap. But you are right there on the beach, aren't you? Since I can never seem to get a reservation at Gamble Rodgers in Flagler I'll definitely be checking that place out.

We love the Castillo. It must be neat to volunteer there. Have not been to the Alligator farm in years. They still had Gomek, the monster croc the last time I was there. Always wondered if he was really alive because I'd never seen him move.
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Bryn Mawr resort is very nice. Its on the beach, very clean. It is pricey, however
IMO it's worth the money.
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FYI we'll be checking out Bryn Mawr this coming Thursday and Friday. We own a tag chassis so we'll post on its big rig friendly character or not. Can't wait to chow down on Osteen's fried shrimp!!
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Speaking of St. Augustine, isn't there a state park about 15 miles S. of there that has a pretty sketchy 1.5 mile shell/sand access road to it? Has anyone actually driven down that road as I'm towing a custom trike in a tow boot behind for a visit to the area in late June... wonder if I'm nuts for attempting it so looking for experienced input.
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FYI we'll be checking out Bryn Mawr this coming Thursday and Friday. We own a tag chassis so we'll post on its big rig friendly character or not. Can't wait to chow down on Osteen's fried shrimp!!
What spot do you have? We just left and I can give you some insight as to how you'll fit. We were in spot 216 which was nice. 130 is probably the nicest spot there.
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What spot do you have? We just left and I can give you some insight as to how you'll fit. We were in spot 216 which was nice. 130 is probably the nicest spot there.
Whoops, spot 230, not 130.
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Speaking of St. Augustine, isn't there a state park about 15 miles S. of there that has a pretty sketchy 1.5 mile shell/sand access road to it? Has anyone actually driven down that road as I'm towing a custom trike in a tow boot behind for a visit to the area in late June... wonder if I'm nuts for attempting it so looking for experienced input.
There are several state parks near there. Anastasia is pretty nice and very close by. Favre Dykes is near to 95 and not near the beach (I've never been there) and then there is Tomoka which is probably closer to New Symerna/Daytona than St Augustine.
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Speaking of St. Augustine, isn't there a state park about 15 miles S. of there that has a pretty sketchy 1.5 mile shell/sand access road to it? Has anyone actually driven down that road as I'm towing a custom trike in a tow boot behind for a visit to the area in late June... wonder if I'm nuts for attempting it so looking for experienced input.
Well if you are talking about Faver Dykes I can tell you it is a relatively small park with that real old Florida scrub setting. The road going in was not bad that I can recall maybe a little dusty but no potholes when I was there. There is only one loop in the campground and the sites are mostly small with lots of brush, palmettos and oak trees. In fact the site we were on had a nice size oak tree right in the middle of the site! I had a 32" fifth wheel at the time and it took a lot of maneuvering to get into, in fact the palm tree across the trail was heavily scarred from others trying to get into it. I wouldn't try that park with anything over 30 feet no matter what the park lists.
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My family and I will be arriving at Bryn Mawr this weekend. We will be staying in site 154 in a motorhome, my sister and her family will be in one of the rentals in 165. Looking forward to some beach time and some big ole margaritas! This will be our first time in St. Augustine. I've heard there is a pretty cool ghost tour. Want to check that out!
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