When you need a mini getaway from Orlando, why not head north on I-95 until you hit St. Augustine? There's plenty of shopping, sightseeing and dining options. Plus, it’s the nation’s oldest city, which means there is history around every corner.
This shop is located in the heart of downtown St. Augustine just a few steps from the historic Cathedral Basilica. The goods are a range of products from around the world, including body care products, gourmet foods and home accessories. It’s a quirky little place to find the perfect gift for someone special.
Declaration Boutique and Events
This boutique draws customers in with its creative and artistic window display. Once inside, you realize every detail is adorable and unique. That's because the owner, Lara Kocerka, is a custom event and wedding planner who searches high and low for those perfect little touches. She uses the front of the store to display all the cute items she uses for her events and runs her business behind the scenes. Everything from adorable necklaces, personalized gifts and party favors line the shop’s shelves.
Declaration Boutique and Events — Photo courtesy of Declaration Boutique and Events
This is a girl’s dream come true with a mix of local one-of-a-kind jewelry creations and well-known fashion labels. Comb through racks of clothing at affordable prices, drool over the latest wall of handbags or spend time focusing on the jewelry counters. This place has the fashionistas grinning from ear to ear.
No question, Bistro de Leon is a must. This french eatery will blow you away with its authentic cuisine and 'French’ way of dining, which the owner explains as enjoying every tasty morsel at a slow and relaxed pace. Nibble on the exceptional cheese plate loaded with gruyere, blue cheese and goat cheese covered in a Datil sweet pepper chili sauce. Dip your spoon into the most delicious french onion soup, and melt as you taste the Pork Shank confit accompanied by a honey and soy sauce along with a Mediterranean herb au jus. Top it all off with one of the delectable desserts like the raspberry tart.
Gambas a.k.a Jumbo Shrimps — Photo courtesy of Bistro de Leon
This remarkable piece of America’s history, which embodies the struggle of the colonial era, is available to the public to tour from 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. year round, except December 25. Try to catch the park ranger tour for a more modern view of the fort’s battles. Do wear sunscreen and bring water as the fort is mostly open air and in direct sunlight.
Castillo de San Marcos — Photo courtesy of National Park Service