Do you want to say your vows with sand between your toes and the sound of Atlantic waves gently washing ashore? Does the ancient Conquistador and Pirate lore of Old St. Augustine, the oldest United States city, entice your imagination? Here’s our third installment in the Virtual Getaway series with a rundown of the unique and scenic St. Augustine Beach Wedding Venues perfect for saying “I do!”
Founded by the Spaniards in 1565, this city in northeastern Florida is the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the U.S. Filled with narrow cobblestone streets and colonial architecture, St. Augustine offers historic landmarks such as the Castillo de San Marcos, boutiques, eateries, live music venues and art galleries. With so much history, many of the city’s top attractions are believed to be haunted by Spanish settlers and original settlers! For couples this means night-time ghost tours, trains, and spirit-filled walking excursions.
There are multiple St. Augustine beach wedding venues ideal for a beach wedding ceremony. St. Augustine has beaches that are owned by the state, the county of St. John’s, and also the city itself. It’s important to know which government agency has jurisdiction over the part of the beach you select. That’s why if any beach wedding permits are required for your wedding, Florida Beach Weddings will obtain them for you, and add the cost of the permit to your package..
St. Augustine Beaches
Anastasia State Park
Anastasia State Park is one of the most popular St. Augustine beach wedding venues and is the closest beach to the historic district. It is ranked as a top Florida beach. This state owned beach is very natural and is absent of buildings. With plenty of parking and a view of the lighthouse, this is a perfect fit for brides with either an extensive or selective guest list. There is also the Turtle Pavillion which can be used for small wedding receptions. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Anastasia State Park!
Frank B. Butler Park
Frank B. Butler Park is a St. John’s County Beach Access Point that has plenty of drive-on parking. Of the St. Augustine Beach wedding venues, this location is a popular choice to tie the knot, with it’s fine white sand and wide beautiful beach. It is also the site of civil rights confrontations during the 1960s. Learn more about Florida Beach Weddings at Butler Beach!
River to Sea Preserve
River to Sea Preserve offers a unique St. Augustine beach wedding experience in Flagler County. Just 15 minutes south over the Matanzas Inlet. this natural location adds travel to the itinerary for the day’s events. However, it’s worth the trek. The ocean rocks make for a setting that can produce striking wedding photos. Plus, the Marineland area offers seclusion from the main tourist areas of St. Augustine.
There are also beachfront and riverfront hotels that can be ideal St. Augustine Beach wedding venues. Hampton Inn St. Augustine Beach Walk has a beautiful boardwalk that guests can walk from the hotel down to the beach for the ceremony and then back to the hotel banquet room for the reception. The City of St. Augustine Beach issues the permit for this location.
Nestled on the white sand beaches of St. Augustine Beach sits the magnificent oceanfront House of Sea and Sun aka Saint Augustine Bed and Breakfast. It was built in 1914 by the niece and heir to the Henry Flagler fortune. This charming Saint Augustine oceanfront bed and breakfast features the warmth of a bygone era, with all the modern conveniences. Each room is beautifully and uniquely decorated with quality antiques and accessories for your comfort and pleasure. This is the perfect location for a destination or small, intimate wedding.
Also The Embassy Suites by Hilton St. Augustine oceanfront hotel is steps from the sand, with balcony views of St. Augustine Beach. Downtown attractions like Castillo de San Marcos are 10 minutes away. Our Florida weddings can be performed on the hotel beach. They offer water sports and family-friendly activities, plus cabanas and a bar for poolside sipping. Start your morning with Starbucks in the lobby and our free made-to-order breakfast.
If all these St. Augustine Beach wedding venues have your head spinning, the smartest thing to do is contact Floridabeachweddings.com. We make it easy and fun to plan your once-in-a-lifetime special day by offering complete wedding packages that take care of all the important details of your elopement, small beach wedding or large wedding ceremony.