What's the best time to visit St. Augustine?
The best time to visit St. Augustine is from March to May when the weather is comfortably warm and the city buzzes with festivals. This period offers minimal rain and a vibrant display of blossoming flora, enhancing outdoor activities. Despite being a popular time, the benefits of mild weather and cultural events outweigh the crowds.
With its sandy beaches, versatile events, rich history, and vibrant nightlife, there’s something for everyone who visits St. Augustine.
Before you plan your trip, however, it’s good to take some time to learn about the best time to visit St. Augustine, the areas and attractions worth seeing, and some extra tips that’ll help make your stay unforgettable. Let us be your guide!
The Overall Best Time to Visit St. Augustine
The best time to visit St. Augustine is between March and May. In March, the temperatures drop into the 50s; however, in May, the average temperature ranges between 64.9F and 84F, while in April it’s somewhere in between.
In this period, rainfall is minimal (you may want to bring an umbrella as a precaution, though), and humidity is almost non-existent. Flowers and trees blossom, there’s a fresh sea breeze, and the tourist season slowly begins.
Some of the most remarkable festivals of the year take place in this period, including:
- Florida’s Birding and Photo Fest;
- The Flower & Garden Expo;
- The Celtic Music & Heritage Festival;
- Lions Seafood Festival (we told you you’d get to enjoy awesome food in this city!);
- and The Taste of St. Augustine.
On the whole, thanks to the nice weather, popular events, and very few rainy days, spring seems to be one of the most popular times to visit St. Augustine.
You can spend the whole time outdoors without getting bathed in sweat and desperately trying to find shade (which can happen if you visit in summer), and you get to do it all.
You can read a book on the beach while listening to the waves, take a stroll in the random streets that branch off in various directions, pop into stores, bars, restaurants, and visit some attractions.
Our favorites include the Oldest Wooden Schoolhouse Historic Museum and Gardens or Ponce de Leon’s Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park (you can really drink from the fountain, so let us know how that goes!).
That said, the city does get quite packed during this time, however, the pros of visiting the city in this period far outweigh the cons.
Cheapest Time to Visit St. Augustine
The cheapest time to visit St. Augustine is in winter, from December until February. This is when the city’s least expensive because there are fewer tourists, fewer activities, and no beach days (the temperatures drop in the 40s/50s).
Being willing to face St. Augustine’s coolest days means finding affordable holiday deals, cheaper flights, and more lodging options. Plus, chances are you won’t need an umbrella, as rainfall is at its lowest at this time of the year.
And while you probably won’t see any snow, you’ll still enjoy a nice escape from the otherwise harsh US winter climate. Also, there are Christmas vibes in the air, and the winter celebrations create a magical atmosphere that matches the city’s playful character.
One highlight that’s definitely worth sharing is the Nights of Lights, a mesmerizing holiday display that can only be experienced firsthand. It begins somewhere around Late November and it lasts well into the New Year.
More than three million lights dominate each corner of this historic city, bars and restaurants stay open till late, and people gaze at the decorated buildings.
Trolleys and trains have special seasonal tours and drive through the most popular areas. And while we already said that there are fewer tourists during this time, due to Nights of Lights’ popularity, you may come across serious crowds at this time.
But this is such an enchanting event that it’s perfectly understandable why more people would want to be part of it.
Least Busy Time to Visit St. Augustine
The least busy time to go to St. Augustine is in autumn, more precisely in October or November.
This is when the overall tourism winds down as the school year begins and the chaotic summer season comes to a halt. However, this is also when the weather is truly pleasant and the changing leaves contribute to the city’s already existing historic beauty.
The average temperatures reach the lower 60s in November, so the season is perfect for shopping and sightseeing in St. Augustine’s historic district, or even taking a walk on some of the vast beaches. Also, neither rain nor humidity is an issue.
Interestingly enough, with its pleasant climate and reduced crowds, many find St. Augustine to be an even more attractive destination during its off-season.
Finally, note that this period coincides with part of St. Augustine’s hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through November 30. So, if you decide to visit St. Augustine during this period, make sure to stay informed and have access to the latest information at all times.
To avoid hurricane-related travel cancellations (or any other travel issue, really), get travel insurance before your trip. Also, booking refundable flights/accommodation is a good idea.
Worst Time to Visit St. Augustine
This may come as a surprise to many, but the worst time to visit St. Augustine is during the summer months — in June, July, and August.
Another such “bad” month is September — this is officially St. Augustine’s wettest month. On average, there’s 7.5 inches of rain then.
However, summer can be rainy too. In fact, the summer months experience a lot more rainfall than spring. This also means visitors get to experience a lot of humidity at this time, so staying hydrated will help you deal with the overall heat.
Average summer temperatures in St. Augustine may range anywhere from the low 70s (in June) to the low 90s (in July and August).
If you decide to visit in September, however, note that the daily high temperatures decrease from 88F to around 84F. And it’s not just the weather that goes crazy in summer in St. Augustine — the prices, flights, and crowds swell in these months too.
School’s also out, so this is when most families plan their vacation. In general, if you plan on visiting St. Augustine in the summer, plan your stay well in advance — it will save you a lot of nerves (and a bit of money, perhaps).
On the bright side, visiting the city in summer means you get to enjoy the soft, sandy beaches to the fullest and soak vitamin D as much as you can.
The nightlife is also in full swing, and all visitors seem to be vibing to the sound of the city. Finally, although summer is considered to be the “worst time” to visit St. Augustine, it doesn’t mean you’ll have a bad time if you do.
Even though the city’s crowded, most people stay concentrated around the beaches, so if you make your stay there a combination of lying on the beach and visiting attractions in the downtown area, you’ll be fine.
Things to Consider
Here are several tips to consider while planning your trip to St. Augustine:
- Pick the time to go depending on the experience you want. If you want cool days and Christmas decorations, opt for winter. The Nights of Lights will make your Floridian experience memorable beyond what you may anticipate. If you prefer warmer weather and hope to spend a lot of time doing beach activities, consider going in the summer.
- Eat seafood. You already know you can’t really go wrong with any food choice in St. Augustine, but seafood dishes are truly remarkable here.
- Visit as many beaches as you can. But if you truly want a special beach experience, go to the Ponte Vedra Beach. Known for its luxurious resort vibes and historic town feel, Ponte Vedra is always a good idea. Plus, it’s allegedly the place where Ponce de Leon first set foot on Florida sand. Just saying.
- Bring an extra bag (or two). If you go to St. George Street, you’ll be tempted to buy some of the souvenirs and other items you come accross.
- Pack suitable clothing and shoes. In St. Augustine, you’ll be doing a lot of walking. However, there are many cobblestone streets, so wearing comfy shoes is non-negotiable. Also, bring light, cotton clothes, and a hat to protect you from the sun and the heat if you visit when it’s warmer. And take it easy.
- Don’t rely only on traditional public transport. Be more adventurous and daring. You’ll see what we mean once you read our FAQ section.
So, What’s the Best Time to Visit St. Augustine?
All in all, the best time to visit St. Augustine is between March and May. It’s when the climate is pleasant, the rain and humidity levels are under control, and visitors can enjoy the city without being preoccupied with the weather.
That said, St. Augustine is such a lovely city that even if you go at what you perceive to be the “worst season”, you’ll still have the best time.
Because this is Florida we’re talking about! The best time to visit is NOW and ALWAYS. So what are you waiting for — book your trip to this gorgeous city today!