23 Unforgettable Romantic Things to Do in Saint Augustine for Couples

January 8, 2022

Unknown to many, this hidden jewel of Florida’s northeast coast, Saint Augustine is a welcome oasis of sun, sea, and captivating history, just begging to be explored.

Ready to get romantic in Saint Augustine?

With more than 40 miles of white sugar sand beaches, iconic historical landmarks, and a burgeoning food scene, America’s ‘Ancient City’ provides the perfect backdrop for a week (or weekend) of romance.

From staggeringly beautiful sunset cruises, to getting a firsthand look at the famed Fountain of Youth, there are untold attractions, activities, and sights to witness in the Nation’s Oldest City.

History buffs, beach bums, or amateur gourmands will find romantic things to do in Saint Augustine for an unforgettable couples getaway.

Saint Augustine Hotels

Founded by the Spanish in 1565, Saint Augustine is the nation's oldest permanently occupied European settlement. 

Boasting charming cobblestone streets, pristine beaches, and elegant Spanish-style architecture it is no wonder that this coastal city has been entertaining couples from all over the world for over 450 years!

Embrace the unparalleled history and raw natural beauty of the ‘Old City’ when you reserve one of the romantic, top-tier Saint Augustine Hotels for you and your lover. 

As always, book your reservation with confidence, knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates.

Wide shot of the historic style Spanish buildings with red roofs and a fountain at Guy Harvey Oceanfront Resort St. Augustine Beach in St Augustine, Florida, USA

photo credit: Guy Harvey Oceanfront Resort St. Augustine Beach via Facebook

Most Romantic Restaurants

A metropolis steeped in its Spanish colonial past, the overhanging Magnolia trees, and the slight whiff of ocean air make Saint Augustine a city just primed for passion.

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Add in a blooming culinary culture, the freshest local ingredients, and top-notch service, and you're in for one delightful dining affair.

Collage

Named one of Open Table’s most romantic restaurants, Collage’s intimate setting and eclectic menu are a welcome palate cleanser. Dive into international and exotic flavor profiles with such dishes as tenderloin bruschetta, escargot, and open fire-new world paella. 

A low light dining room with wooden tables that have white tables clothes and candles on them at Collage Restaurant in St Augustine, Florida, USA

photo credit: Collage Restaurant via Facebook

Forgotten Tonic

Situated on the adorably scenic and historic Aviles Street, this cozy eatery is our go-to for handmade craft cocktails and American comfort food with a twist.

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Sip on a seasonal cocktail before feasting on fried green tomatoes, baked brie, and shrimp and grits etouffee. 

Raintree Restaurant

Linger over plates of fettuccine alfredo and a signature seafood Thermador at this beautiful Colonial Victorian-style home on San Marco. Don’t forget to end your evening on a sweet note with one of their infamous Raintree desserts, like the warm chocolate dome cake. 

Most Instagrammable Spots

Instagram husbands, wives, and partners relax! We’ve taken the guesswork out of compiling Saint Augustine's most scenic spots to bring you the most blissful couples vacation pics yet.

Fountain of Youth

While we can’t promise you’ll live forever after imbibing this fountain’s supposed ‘healing’ waters, we can guarantee some epic Instagram content from this famous archeological park. 

A vintage car driving through the archway to the Fountain of Youth in St Augustine, Florida, USA

photo credit: Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park via Facebook

Magnolia Ave

Overhanging majestic old oak trees create a natural ‘tunnel of love’ so romantic and photogenic it has been cited by National Geographic as one of the most photographed streets in America.

Saint Augustine Lighthouse

Originally erected by the Spanish to intercept enemy vessels, this almost 150-year-old edifice dishes out dramatic 360-degree views and photo ops from its scenic lookout.

St. Johns County Ocean Pier

What would a Florida vacation be without some beach pics? Snap up photos of you and your beach boo with this picturesque pier in the background. 

Best Sunsets

After a day of sightseeing, boat tours, and more there’s no better way to cuddle up with your cutie than to sneak in a spectacular Saint Augustine sunset. 

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Pack a picnic dinner, grab a bottle of wine and settle in for some of nature’s best work at any of the following locales:

  • Vilano Beach Fishing Pier
  • Alpine Grove Park
  • Saint Augustine Beach
An orange and pink sunset on the pier at Alpine Grove Park in St Augustine, Florida, USA

photo credit: @JulieAbellaPhotography via Facebook

Historic & City Tours

Saint Augustine Tour Combo Package

Are you and your turtle dove looking to get your bearings in America’s oldest city? Hit the ground running with a jam-packed historical tour that combines four of Saint Augustine's most popular guided experiences. 

The Saint Augustine Tour Combo Package includes the Old Town Trolley Tour, access to the Old Jail, the Oldest Store Experience, and the Saint Augustine History Museum.

Hop on and off the quaint Tolley car as you please, and enjoy over 20 well-loved stops such as:

  • The Fountain of Youth
  • Flagler College
  • Lightner Museum
  • Plaza de la Constitucion
  • Cathedral Basilica
  • And more!

Post-Trolley tour, prepare for some time in the clink when you enter the Old Jail, one of the few surviving 19th-century jails that housed prisoners for over 60 years. 

Next, pay a visit to the unique artifacts and treasures, such as the Spanish Sunken Treasure Room and the Timucan Indian Village, that call the Saint Augustine History Museum home.

Finally, time travel back to 1908 when you step inside the Oldest Store Museum. This immersive and interactive experience features over 10,000 products and actors portraying characters you would have met in the store over 100 years ago.

Wide shot from above of the Old Town Trolley full of people ready for a tour on a sunny day in St Augustine, Florida, USASaint Augustine Evening Architectural Photo Tour

Calling all budding shutterbugs! Capture your courtship on camera, when you book your Saint Augustine Evening Architectural Photo Tour.

The visually striking architecture, colonial settlements, and brick-lined streets of the Ancient City make for an ideal playground in which to learn the art of photography.

Your professional photographer guide will provide invaluable knowledge, tips, and tricks on how to best capture the city’s amazing sights (and your sweetie). Listen up as they spill the beans on how to best utilize your phone or camera settings. 

Moody evening light makes for a magical setting that brings out the intricate details of the 1800’s Flagler Hotel and the breathtakingly Baroque 1889 Memorial Presbyterian Church. Take your insider tips with you, as you’ll be using them long after your 2-hour tour concludes. 

90-Minute "Conquistatour of Saint Augustine" Guided Historical Walking Tour

Conquerors, Conquistadors, and Castillos oh my! Wrangle up your history-loving honey for this 90-minute walking tour that will embed you in Saint Augustine’s rich past.

Stroll hand in hand with your bae and stretch those legs on the "Conquistatour of Saint Augustine" Guided Historical Walking Tour

Revel in over 300 years of Saint Augustine history come to life as your licensed guide educates you on the city’s complicated relationship with Spain, England, and more. 

Have your camera handy and ready to document such notable historic sites and places of interest as:

  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument - the oldest surviving masonry fortress in the United States, the Castillo is a rousing testament to human determination and endurance. 
  • Huguenot Cemetery - the first Protestant cemetery located outside the city’s gates.
  • Bridge of Lions - these fierce felines are icons in Saint Augustine.
  • St. George Street - once referred to as the Royal Road.
  • Lightner Museum - this Spanish Renaissance Revival-style building is listed on the National Register of historic places and was once a hotel. 
  • Flagler College - formerly the Hotel Ponce de Leon this stately university is overflowing with opulent architectural grandeur and history. 

Water & Outdoor Activities

Sea Serpent Airboat Adventure

Revel in the ‘real Florida’ when you reserve an exhilarating ride with Sea Serpent Airboat Adventure

Outdoorsy couples will relish the chance to explore the marshy-protected backwaters of Six Mile Creek from the comfort of a flat-bottomed modern airboat. Hang tight, as you cruise through the shallow waters seeking sights of indigenous wildlife such as gators, turtles, snakes, manatees, and a variety of birds.

The natural beauty of ‘Old Florida’ will capture both your attention and your heart, as your local guide explains fascinating facts, historic lore, and legends regarding the area.

Keep your peepers peeled to witness the final resting site of Capt Blye” in Palmo Cove, and perhaps even some buried treasure. Love birds seeking even more outdoor adventure can also rent kayaks, hydro bikes, paddleboards, and pontoons on site. 

Four people on sea cycles for the Sea Serpent Airboat Adventure in St Augustine, Florida, USAWine Tasting Cruise in Saint Augustine

A glass of vino in hand and the ocean breeze in your hair, what could be more perfect? Impress your favorite wine worshipper with a dash of vitamin Sea when you board your romantic Wine Tasting Cruise in Saint Augustine.

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A thoroughly romantic affair (fueled by a healthy helping of red), this 1.5-hour wine and sightseeing cruise is a fun-filled way to tour Saint Augustine’s picturesque coastline.

Sailing the seas aboard your pontoon boat you will sample six delicious varieties of wine while soaking in landmarks such as:

  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • The Bridge of Lions
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche at Mission Nombre de Dios
  • Flagler College

Sip that sangria, and learn about what makes these grapes so special while scanning the horizon for sights of dolphins, spoonbills, and more.

Matanzas River Kayaking and Wildlife Watching

Keen to take your courtship to a new kick-ass level? Level up your communication and coordination skills, when you and your partner take to the river for a thrilling kayaking quest.

Mantanzas River Kayaking and Wildlife Watching provides a dynamic and eco-friendly tour that will teach you and your honey bear to connect to Mother Nature on a deeper, more hands-on level.

Your 2-hour tour will feature dolphin, manatee, and bird watching all while kayaking through the sparkling waters of Saint Augustine Beach. Snake your way through the Matanzas River, Moses Creek, and Genung's Fish Camp, a locally renowned landmark since 1948.

Food & Wine Tours

Corks and Forks Tour

Sweep your favorite culinary connoisseur off their feet when you surprise them with tickets to the Corks and Forks Tour.

A Saint Augustine gastronomical delight like no other, this 3-hour food and wine walking tour lets you and your sugar plum sample the very best farm-fresh ingredients, tasty local treats, and glorious boutique wines on tap in the Ancient City.

Voted the “Best Crawl” in Saint Augustine by Travel and Leisure Magazine, this detailed tour will let you in on the hidden gems and local haunts that only true foodies know! 

Savor five delectable tastings paired with complimentary wine at distinct venues recognized for their international flavors and cuisine. 

Private Carriage Ride with Wine

Get treated to the fairy tale romance you deserve when your very own Prince or Princess Charming spoils you with a Private Carriage Ride with Wine

Appreciate the romance of a bygone era. Meanwhile, snuggle up to your significant other when you reserve a private horse-drawn carriage ride for two. 

An ideal way to pop the question, or commemorate an anniversary or honeymoon. During this intimate affair you can sit, back, relax and make lasting memories in the Nations' Oldest City.

Cheers with a glass of local wine. Meanwhile, snack on a savory cheese plate* as you gaze into Saint Augustine’s beautiful cityscape and historic streets. Remember this Disney-like daydream forever as souvenir wine glasses are included.

**The cheese plate is an additional add-on purchase.

Couple holding wine glasses sitting in a white carriage ready to go on Private Carriage Ride in St Augustine, Florida, USASunday Champagne, Brunch & Roadster Tour

Commence your Sunday Funday with a little bubbly and a whole lot of love with the Sunday Champagne, Brunch & Roadster Tour.

Play Cupid’s little helper when you and your turtle dove kick back in a charming vintage  roadster to cover Saint Augustine’s finest chauffeured culinary experience.

Pop that champagne, as you hear all about Saint Augustine’s fascinating history, iconic sights, and exotic culinary highlights.

Your three-hour tour includes stops at 4-5 tasting venues. Meanwhile, you’ll savor the yummiest bunch eats, such as eggs benedict and mimosas with freshly squeezed OJ. 

Wine, Dine & Roadster Tour

Hello all hungry foodies! Feed the flames of your amour when you and your pumpkin jump aboard the Wine, Dine & Roadster Tour

Dine-in unbelievable style when you drive around Saint Augustine in your eccentric roadster vehicle. 

An amazing way to witness the architectural beauty and iconic landmarks of Saint Augustine. Also, your fully inclusive food and wine tour features the most scrumptious bites and bottles.

This three-hour tour highlights the most unique gastronomical delights available in this Northeastern Florida oasis. In addition, it will enthrall you with five expert food and wine pairings. 

Saint Augustine's Not Just A Chocolate Tour

Sweets for your sweet! Love might make the world go round, but chocolate certainly makes the trip worthwhile. 

Indulge your favorite chocoholic with the cacao-filled day of fun with a romantic Saint Augustine’s Not Just A Chocolate Tour

A mouthwatering mix of luscious sweet treats and local history make this a truly addicting affair. 

This intimate and uber personalized tour will take you behind the scenes. During the tour, you'll learn about Saint Augustine’s turbulent cultural and historical narrative.

Meanwhile, visit the following areas of interest:

  • The Government House Museum
  • Plaza de la Constitucion
  • Flagler College
  • St. George Street
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine
  • St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine

Munch away on chocolate, pralines, cookies, truffles, popsicles, and more. Meanwhile, your gregarious local guide shines a light on the intriguing stories, fun facts, and tales that make this seaside town so special.

Fallen hard for a particular snack? Never fear, as your guide will provide you with a goody bag of extra samples. In addition, you'll receive treats to enjoy on your return home.

Castillo de San Marcos in St Augustine Florida

St. Augustine, Florida at the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.

Saint Augustine's Wine, Cocktail, and Food Experience

Sensual sips, mouth-watering eats, and a whole lot of sightseeing make for one epic afternoon with Saint Augustine's Wine, Cocktail, and Food Experience.

You and your boo’s secret weapon for discovering every last Saint Augustine hotspot. This comprehensive tour will spill all the tea (or wine) on where you should feast next.

Cozy up in many of the Old City’s most lauded spots. Then, grab a savory snack or sneaky cocktail before strapping on those walking shoes.

Meander the brick laid streets of Saint Augustine and get that camera ready to memorialize memories at:

  • Castillo de San Marcos National Monument
  • Huguenot Cemetery
  • St. George Street
  • St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine
  • Plaza de la Constitucion
  • Cathedral Basilica of Saint Augustine
  • Government House Museum

Put away that wallet as all of your food, cocktails, and wine are included on this 3.5-hour epic epicurean tour. 

Feel the soothing comfort of sand beneath your feet at Vilano Beach. Then, gape in rapturous awe at the ornate Flagler College. In addition, savor a dynamic glass of red while tucked inside your private carriage.

Florida’s iconic city by the sea, Saint Augustine is just overflowing with enchantment, southern charm, and colonial history.

Couples of all ages and interests flock to this ‘Old City’ to break out of the mundane, and treat themselves to a little slice of coastal paradise.

Whether you choose to spend your romantic rendezvous kayaking through the mighty Matanzas River, or wining and dining the night away at the city’s secret spots, Saint Augustine is a top-notch tropical playground in which to celebrate your love. 

What Romantic Things to Do in Saint Augustine Did We Miss?

What are some of your favorite romantic things to do in Saint Augustine? Anything we missed? Share in the comments below!


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Written By Isis Maya

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central America and her love o ...

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