Where to Stay in Northeast Florida

Where to Stay on Florida’s First Coast

By now you’ve done your homework and know that north east Florida is a great destination. This region, also known as the “First Coast” because it’s home to St. Augustine, America’s longest-occupied city. From the stunning beaches, to the historic landmarks there’s plenty to see and do here.

As you plan your perfect visit, you’ve got a lot to consider. If you think you have a lot of activities and sites to choose from, wait until you start looking at where to stay. Don’t stress – we’ve done the research for you!

Know Before You Go

All of the options listed are LGBTQ friendly. Also, north east Florida is home to several TAG Approved properties. This means management has met standards centered-around inclusion and safety for workers and guests alike. These include enforcing non-discrimination regarding sexual orientation, LGBTQ diversity and sensitivity training, and they employ diverse staff. They also give back to their community. These are noted as TAG Approved below.

Unless otherwise noted, human children are welcome at all properties listed. Fur babies are welcome at many, but not all properties. Please verify when reserving.

Narrow-down where to stay in northeast Florida by checking-out our list here:

Staying on a Budget

Budget travel doesn’t have to mean bad travel. There are plenty of great places to stay when you’d rather spend your money on activities and eats. Don’t forget to look for membership discounts like AAA or even AARP! These north east Florida budget travel options are ones worth checking out:

Hampton Inn, St. Augustine

This historic district property has everything you need for a comfortable stay. With a variety of room-types, including studios, you can select the perfect option for you and your traveling companions. The Hampton Inn, St. Augustine offers a great location, with free onsite parking. You can leave the car and travel to all the nearby sites on foot, or by one of the tour trams that operate in the area.

When you’re done exploring the sights of Old Town, come back and relax by the pool. Head out to dinner at one of the nearby restaurants. Everything from classic upscale to great pizza is within walking distance.

Human family members are welcome, but the fur babies will have to stay home. Free onsite parking makes visiting St. Augustine a breeze. Find out all you need here.

Holiday Inn St. Augustine, Ponce De Leon

This updated Holiday Inn is close enough to the sites of the historic district, without the high price tag.

The quiet rooms, some with a partial view of the River, make this a great place to relax after a busy day of touring.

For further relaxation there’s a pool, hot tub, and fitness center. Early risers can take advantage of the location to enjoy a sunrise stroll at the Mission Nombre de Dios just a few blocks east.

Free parking is a bonus. and there are several restaurants and coffee shops nearby that you don’t need your wheels for.

If you’re planning a meeting or event, there’s a nice -sized conference room that can be reserved.  Start making your St. Augustine plans here.

Fairfield Inn & Suites Jacksonville Beach

With a few extra steps to the beach, you can save money at this popular beach hotel. Fairfield Inn from Marriott offers budget-friendly access to the Atlantic and nearby attractions.

The outdoor pool and indoor fitness center give visitors a chance to unwind. Park your car for free in the hotel lot and then walk less than a mile to the Jax fishing pier. There are several popular restaurants and bars along the way too.  Get all the details for your Jax Beach visit here.

Hotels & Boutique Properties

TRYP by Wyndham, St. Augustine

This ultra-modern property offers easy access to many of St. Augustine’s popular destinations. From here you’re just a short distance from great restaurants, the San Sebastian Winery, and less than a mile from St. Augustine’s historic center.

Tryp offers traditional rooms and suites, some with balconies overlooking the San Sebastian River. All rooms have Keurig machines, refrigerators, and microwaves. There’s a well-equipped fitness center and laundry facilities too.

Unwind from your busy day of exploring with a wine or beer in the lounge, a dip in the pool, or soak in the hot tub. Guests get free parking and wifi and there is a shuttle to get you to local attractions. Everyone will feel welcome here, including your fur babies.

Start planning your trip to TRYP here.

Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront, Downtown Jacksonville

This large 4 star hotel is in the heart of Downtown Jax (as the locals call it). Many of the 951 rooms have great views of the St. John’s River. This welcoming property is affiliated with the International Gay and Lesbian Travel Association.

Grab a drink or meal at one of the onsite restaurants or grab a cup at the coffee shop. Guests have access to the 24-hour fitness center and the outdoor pool. The conference center and event spaces are perfect for large groups, meetings, and special occasions.

You’ll need a car to get most places from this central downtown location. There is a fee for valet or self-parking.

Courtyard by Marriott, Jacksonville Beach

This stylish hotel is right on the Atlantic. Enjoy convenient beach access and, from some rooms, ocean views.

If you’ aren’t into sand and surg, enjoy a dip in the pool, or relax in the hot tub. This property is just a short distance to the Jacksonville Pier and plenty of restaurants and entertainment options.

Human family members are welcome here, but not pet pals. To learn more about what this hotel has to offer click here.

Resorts

Florida’s resort properties offer grand escapes and unique features. Head to these resorts for a relaxing, upscale experience. Be sure to check booking details, Most resorts will charge an additional “resort fee” to cover amenities which will vary by property.

The Lodge & Club at Ponte Vedra Beach

This beautiful oceanfront property is conveniently located between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. This posh resort offers upscale amenities, including fine dining, a lounge, and even waterfront bistro.

The focus here on luxury. Some rooms have fireplaces, and suites includes kitchenettes and separate living areas. There is plenty of access to activities, including swimming, cycling, and even surfing!

If golf or tennis are your game, guests of the resort can access the nearby Ponte Vedra Club. Start planning your time in the lap of luxury here.

Casa Monica Resort & Spa, St. Augustine – TAG Approved

For the ultimate in luxury and history the Casa Monica Resort & Spa is the way to go.  This 1888 hotel is in the heart of St. Augustine’s historic district. You are just a short stroll to all the sites and activities of the Old Town.

Be prepared for upscale luxury from the moment you enter the lobby. Some guest rooms offer antique furnishings,  balconies,  stained-glass windows, or even a jacuzzi! To make your stay even more special, inquire about the unique suite options.

Enjoy fine dining, or a drink and people watching in the lobby lounge.

Despite its historic status, this posh palace does not skimp on modern amenities. Enjoy the fitness center, or reserve a cabana near the heated pool and hot tub.  or book treatments at the spa. Guests also have access to their beach club, a short drive across the historic Bridge of Lions.

To learn more and start planning your St. Augustine dream trip here.

Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort, Fernandina Beach

Love seeing the sunrise and sunset? Experience the best of both worlds at this upscale resort located at the end of a barrier island. Guests can view beautiful sunrises from this beachfront resort. Later, catch the sunset over the beautiful salt marshes.

The Omni boasts the largest pool deck in the region, with an adult-only pool. Families can enjoy the 10,000 square-foot splash pool water park for the kiddos. Guests can also relax in one of the two hot tubs, or chill at one of the oversized fire pits.

Adventurous visitors can make arrangements for kayaking or paddle boarding through the nearby preserve.

There are a variety of room types, some with ocean view. All rooms have black out curtains and comfy bathrobes to give you that luxe feeling.

If you’re looking for a place to host an event, or even a destination wedding, the Omni can accommodate your group.

Start planning your time in the lap of luxury here.

One Ocean Resort & Spa, Atlantic Beach

Looking for a relaxing retreat that’s not too far from the action? The One Ocean resort is the place for you.

This 4.5 oceanfront resort offers world-class amenities. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor pool, beach access, and a 24-hour fitness center. Guests can even use the resorts bicycles for a ride on the beach!

If relaxation and rejuvenation are your priorities, book treatments in the luxury spa. Then enjoy a meal at one of the property’s restaurants or bars.

You’re even welcome to bring one of your pet pals (one pet per room/fee may apply). Valet parking is available for a fee.

Make your plans to retreat here.

Embassy Suites by Hilton Oceanfront Resort, St. Augustine Beach

This upscale hotel, right on St. Augustine Beach, has everything you need for a relaxing getaway.

This family-friendly resort offers a variety of activities, including water sports. Guests can enjoy swimming in the ocean, or pool, or just hanging out in a cabana. There’s also a poolside cantina, for a sip or bite.

Accommodations range from traditional rooms to suites. Some even offer ocean views and balconies.

Whether you’re looking for a quiet getaway, or a venue for a meeting or event, this property has the options you need. Get all the details here.

Hammock Beach, Palm Coast

This upscale spot has something for the entire family to enjoy! Kiddos will love the day camp, water park, and activities just for them. Adults can hit the two championship golf courses. Get the whole family on-board at the marina for a boat rental!

Enjoy all the comforts of home in standard rooms, some even have ocean-view balconies. Upgrade to a suite for a kitchenette, or a villa for a full kitchen, including washer and dryer.

When it’s time to relax make arrangements for spa treatments, or just hang out by the poolside cafe.

Find everything you need to schedule your family retreat here.

Bed & Breakfasts

Bed and breakfasts offer a charming and unique alternative to larger properties. Many of these unique lodgings are housed in former homes, or even commercial buildings. They all provide their own personality, and a more intimate vibe than standard hotels.

Many b&bs have a communal feel, with socializing in common areas as a way to connect with your fellow travelers. Often, hosts prepare homemade breakfasts!  Whatever your destination or mood, there’s likely a B&B that will appeal to you.

At Journey’s End Bed & Breakfast, St. Augustine

In the heart of Old Town this property is a lovely oasis from the bustle. Guests receive complimentary cocktails and snacks in the afternoon. Sit in one of the porch rocking chairs to unwind or plan your next activity.

The five rooms at this charming property have private baths. Some also have private outdoor areas. Inquire about kitchenettes when reserving.

Families and pets welcome. Parking and breakfast are included. Find out about package deals, or start planning your journey at their website.

Bayfront Marin House, St. Augustine

This 19th Century gem of a B&B is one of only a few properties overlooking St. Augustine’s waterfront.

Children of all ages are welcome. Pets can join too (for an additional fee). There is free parking near the property.  Daily happy hour includes beverages and snacks. A complimentary hot, homemade breakfast is served daily.

Rooms feature either water or garden views. All have TVs and climate control and private bathrooms. Their handy room-comparison chart offers a quick way to decide which room is right for you.

Their sister property, Beachcomber Cottages, is located on nearby Vilano Beach. Guests share reciprocal access to the public spaces of each B&B.

St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine

The St. Francis Inn is a great place to relax and unwind. It’s one of the few St. Augustine B&Bs that has a swimming pool in the private garden.

Many rooms have private balconies, and porches. Guests can enjoy evening socials. For a fun way to get around town guests can borrow the inns bicycles.

44 Spanish Street Inn, St. Augustine

This haven is just off bustling Spanish Street in the heart of Old Town. Built in the 1920s it’s one of the more modern, by ancient city standards! Each of the eight rooms offers its own bathroom. This B&B is truly in the middle of all the action. Shops, restaurants, and attractions are just steps away.

See everything this charming property has to offer here.

The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, St. Augustine

The Collector Inn is actually a collection of nine buildings from the late 18th century. In the center of the compound is a lush, relaxing garden. The property is walking distance to old town and surrounding attractions.

The original details of the buildings have been lovingly restored, including fireplaces for a spark of romance.  Guests can relax around one of the properties fire pits or enjoy a beverage at the onsite bar.

Voted one of the 10 Best New Hotels by USA Today, this collection does a great job of embracing history. Guests can immerse themselves in art and culture with scheduled guest speakers, walking tours, or even art classes.

Check their website for seasonal specials and promotions.

The Hoyt House Bed & Breakfast, Amelia Island

This lovely boutique inn is a peaceful adult-only getaway. Guests must be at least 18 years-old, with proper ID. This 1905 has been converted into a delightful ten room b&b.

For the ultimate in relaxation the property offers a swimming pool and hot tub. Guests can order a beverage from on-site lounge or sit by the fire in one of the public rooms.

Nestled in the Fernandina Beach Historic district, you’re just steps away from history. The charming town has numerous upscale restaurants, shops, and taverns. Be sure to stop by the Palace Saloon, Florida’s oldest continuously operating bar.

Check The Hoyt House website for seasonal specials and packages.

The Fairbanks House, Fernandina Beach

You won’t have to go far to encounter history in Fernandina Beach. You can stay in it!

Built in 1885, this grand bed and breakfast is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Families are welcome with young adults 16 and over (in their parent/guardian’s room). This smoke-free, environmentally friendly property, is nestled on an a beautifully landscaped acre. Human guests will enjoy love the butterfly garden and swimming pool, however, pets will have to stay at home.

Homemade breakfast is included with your stay and served daily in the dining room our outdoor seating areas. Rooms include TVs, coffee stations, spa robes and amenities. Due to the historic nature of the building the property is not ADA accessible.

Guests can enjoy complimentary bikes, and games. You can even borrow a cooler, chairs, and umbrellas for your day at the nearby beach. Parking is included, and they have a Tesla and universal car charging stations. Start planning to make your own history here.

Riverdale Inn, Jacksonville

Go back in time at this charming family-owned property in Downtown Jacksonville. The Riverdale is a converted 1905 mansion. One of the last of its kind in the area. This property is walking distance to parks, gardens, and the popular Cummer Museum of Art.

Enjoy the comfort of the ten restored guest rooms. Each with its own private bathroom and climate control.

Families will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and quiet neighborhood. Pets are welcome here too, for an additional fee. Guests can enjoy adult beverages at the onsite bar.  The property offers free wifi and parking. They even have a Tesla charging station on site. As is the case with many historic properties, none of the rooms are ADA compliant.

The Jenks House, Jacksonville

Go green in historic Jacksonville! This 1925 Craftsman-style home is a certified eco-friendly B&B. The owners have been following environmentally friendly practices since they opened over 30 years ago. Meals here even include produce grown in the Jenks House garden!

Jenks House is located in the historic Avondale Riverdale neighborhood. The property is walking distance to popular downtown cultural spots and restaurants.

Children over 12 are welcome. However, you’ll need to leave your pets at home.  Find out more about this historic gem here.

Vacation Rentals

Beacher’s Lodge, Crescent Beach

This laid-back condo hotel is centrally located on the Atlantic. Guests will love the ocean-view suites with their private balconies or patios.

Each unit here is individually owned and uniquely decorated. They are like homes-away-from home as all have fully equipped kitchenettes. All units, except for studio apartments, have a separate living area.

You can make yourself comfortable for a weekend, or even the whole season, as short and long-term rentals are available here

Families are welcome, including the fur babies (in designated pet-friendly units).

The property is ADA accessible. There is no additional charge for parking. Get all the details here.

Campgrounds & RV Parks

Beverly Beach Camptown RV Resort

Directly on the Atlantic, this beachfront campground has miles of beach for humans of all ages, and their leashed pets, to enjoy.

The offer a mixture of ocean view and beach front sites. Most with their own patios. Across A1A they have an additional camping village which is just a short walk from the beach. All sites are full hook-up with 50 AMP service.  Additionally, there are seven cabins for rental and a few tent camping sites.

In addition to beach access, guests can also enjoy three shower houses and laundry facilities

Check out their website for seasonal specials and packages.

Ocean Grove RV Resort, St. Augustine

Want to be close to the action, but not too close? Ocean Grove is just seven miles from historic St. Augustine, and right across from the beach! It’s also close to shops, restaurants, and other sites.

This scenic family-run resort has been hosting RV and tent campers since 1979. Their 198 camping sites include pull-through, grassy or patio options, and 50 AMP sites. They even have a few rental cottages.

It’s a perfect place to relax and unwind away from the bustle. But relaxation doesn’t mean boring — they offer plenty of activities for visitors of all ages. Guests can enjoy the pool, mini golf, fishing, and more. Fur babies are welcome here too!  Find out more about Ocean Grove here.

Your Northeast Florida Home-Away-from-Home

With so many great options, finding your ideal north east Florida home-away-from-home will be breeze. Wherever you choose to lay your head, you’ll have pleasant dreams of a wonderful visit.

For more information exploring Northeast Florida, click here.

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Written by Jacqui May

Jacqui May has a background in nonprofit project management and writing. She is currently a freelance consultant, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator, and writer. She enjoys working with diverse organizations to connect them with resources, and make a difference in the community.

Jacqui is a straight ally and several of her close family and friends identify as lgbtq. She volunteers with organizations serving veterans, developmentally disabled adults, the homeless, and low-income community members.

Originally from New York City, she is a long-time Floridian and has extensively explored the Sunshine State. Jacqui loves history and believes that everyone has a story worth listening to.


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