Going to St Augustine for a week at New Year... Can't decide whether it would be better to stay at the beach or in the town... Any advice?
I personally like Old Town. There is a lot to do and town is really pretty at night. Very walkable and many restaurants.
Stay in the historic district. There is so much to see & do there.
I agree with the others, stay in the Historic District. I'm sure you will have a car so you can drive to the beach very easily.....if it's warm enough!! There is masses to see and do in St Augustine.
It all depends on your likes. I myself would prefer the beach. We are staying by Marineland and driving into St Augustine see the sights. We enjoy getting away from the hustle and bussle and walking the beach at sunset and the peace and quite.
Another vote for the beach, specifically Vilano. It's a sleepy little beach village and is a only a ten minute drive to the historic district. But as someone else mentioned, it depends on what you are looking for. If you want to be in the midst of all the tourist sites, stay in the historic district. Really can't go wrong either way.
If you'd like to be on the beach, but away from the hustle and bustle, you can try the Crescent Beach area. Only a couple of minutes to Matanzas Inlet, which is one of the prettiest of Florida settings as well as a teriffic fishing spot. But Old Town is great too! Better flip a coin. Whichever you choose, its not a bad drive one way or the other.
The Old Town is wonderful both during the day or at night, but it is hard to beat the miles of perfect beach on Anastasia island especially at sunrise. The old town is only 10 minutes away. For me it seems easier to stay at the beach and drive downtown than to be downtown and have to pack up the beach things and drive to the beach and unpack at the beach. You cant go wrong either way.
Stay in town and drive to the beach. It is very cold that time of year and you won't be able to enjoy the beach much anyhow. They do have an awesome New Year's Eve celebration at the St. John's County Pier complete with live bands, food, drinks, and fireworks. There is free transport from Old Town to the celebration, I believe.
I completely agree with Keiardi. Weather could be pleasant enough for a stroll along the beach that time of year, but could also be quite cool and damp. I love the beaches there but you would be much better off staying in Old Town, where there is lots of good walking and which is decorated very nicely that time of year. Also, parking in Old Town can be brutal, so it will help to stay at a place with parking, whereas if you drive to the beach on a pleasant day parking is plentiful. Enjoy!
It also makes a difference if there are children in your party. Hauling all that beach stuff from town gets old. But both areas are great!