Nights of Lights

Vote for St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights!

Vote for St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights – Historic Downtown St. Augustine gets decked in millions of tiny white lights during the holiday Nights of Lights celebrations from November 22 to February 1. The oldest city in the USA draws on the Spanish tradition of placing white candles in the window during the holidays, but takes it to new festive heights with more than 2 million points of light within the 144-square-block historic district during the free holiday event.

Click on the link below to vote for St. Augustine’s Nights of Lights in USA Today’s Best Public Lights Display Contest.

http://www.10best.com/awards/travel/best-public-lights-display/night-of-lights-downtown-st-augustine/

Vote for our famous Nights of Lights and make a reservation with Coastal Realty to come see our own Winter Wonderland! Call one of our friendly team members for help with a reservation at 1-800-587-2287.

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Coastal Cares Yard Sale Success

Coastal Realty participated in the  72 Mile Scenic A1A Garage Sale. Along with wonderful bargains, there was  a bake sale and a caramel apple bar (proceeds to benefit S.A.F.E. Animal Rescue). Also, Coastal employees also donated portions of their sales to this great charity as well. If you’ve been contemplating adding a new furry member to your family, please consider one from S.A.F.E. They desperately need loving homes!

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Nights of Lights

The Nights of Lights Are Coming!

St. Augustine Nights of Lights

What do you get when you combine over 2 million Christmas lights, Christmas carols, shopping, lots of fun activities, and history? It’s St. Augustine’s Award-Winning Nights of Lights! This year’s dates are November 22, 2014 to January 31, 2015.

November

Night of Illumination – Nov. 22nd
Over 2.5 million Christmas lights will transform the nation’s oldest city  into a Christmas wonderland.  The lighting ceremony starts at 6:30 at the Plaza, but you will need to arrive early.

Black Friday Hours at St. Augustine Outlets
Some stores open at 9 on Thanksgiving Day, the rest open at midnight and stay open until 10 pm Friday.  Extended hours  continue throughout the season but please check with each store.

48th Annual Fall Arts & Crafts Festival – November 29 and 30
This festival is an annual even Thanksgiving weekend on the grounds of the Castillo de San Marcos. A $1 donation gets you in & supports the St. Augustine Art Association.

Holly Jolly Nights of Lights
Begins Sunday, November 24, and continues each night through January 4, 2014. It’s a great way to explore St. Augustine’s famous Nights of Lights.

Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train
November 23rd-January 5th
Sunday-Thursday, 6-8PM • Friday & Saturday 6-10PM
Tours begin at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium.
Ripley’s Red Train Nights of Lights tour take your party on a magical trip through St. Augustine’s beautiful Nights of Lights celebration. Every Friday and Saturday night November 28th through December 20th, they offer
Free holiday movies
Chocolate fountain
Gifts from Santa
Balloons

Prancer’s Putt-putt
You and your family will love playing a round of holiday themed mini-golf at Prancer’s putt-putt.

Personal Photo Tour
A photographer gives you a tour of St. Augustine while capturing the memories for you.

Lights, Carriage and Holiday ‘Cheer’!
Climb aboard a horse-drawn carriage and enjoy a charming tour of the historic streets on this 45 minute tour with Tasting Tours of St. Augustine. While enjoying the gorgeous lights and holiday displays, indulge in a bottle of delicious boutique wine (red or white). $46 per person

A December to Remember at the Amphitheatre 
The amphitheatre brings old fashioned Christmas fun to St. Augustine with free drive-in movies, concerts and food drives.  Enjoy culture from Handel’s Messiah in St Augustine to family Christmas classics like Charlie Brown’s Christmas.

World Golf Village’s Festival of Trees
N
ovember 23 – December 5
9:00 A.M. – 9 P.M.  (9:00 A.M. – 3:00 P.M. Final Day)
The trees and wreathes are decorated by local families & businesses. Join the silent auction and take home your favorite or vote for the best {$1/vote}. Proceeds benefit the St. Augustine Record’s Empty Stocking Fund and the United Way of St. Johns County.

Nights of Lights Sunset Sail on the Schooner Freedom
These nightly tours depart from the City Marina at 5:30 p.m. and return at 7:30 p.m. This unique tour allows you to enjoy the Nights of Lights from a beautifully different perspective. The $55 charge includes soda, water, beer and wine. Reservations: 904-810-1010

Jax Water Tours Nights of Lights Cruise
Board at the Vilano Beach Pier and enjoy a scenic cruise along the Matanzas River. Rates: $39.00 weekdays & $49.00 weekends. Book your seats early as they do sell out quickly.

St. Augustine Lighthouse Luminary Night
December 3 from 6-9
Free admission to the lighthouse grounds
The top of the lighthouse provides a spectacular view of St. Augustine, especially during the holiday season. Christmas music and cider complete your evening to remember.

British Night Watch – A Grande Illumination
December 6 at 8:00 P.M. (Arrive early!) This parade memorializes the brief period St. Augustine was under British rule. Bring cash to buy a candle or bring your own lantern. Visit the encampment Dec 5 & 6 at St. Francis Field & talk to the soldiers.

Annual St. Augustine Christmas Parade Dec 6
10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
The parade begins at the Mission of Nombre de Dios and continues through downtown and will end behind the visitor’s center.

St. Augustine Beach Surf Illumination
Dec 6 – lighting of the Christmas Tree at the St. Augustine Beach Pier, food, drinks & Christmas shopping by local restaurants and artisans.

Garden Homes of St. Augustine Christmas Tour of Homes
Sunday, December 7
12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 45th
Annual Garden Club of St. Augustine Christmas Tour of Homes
Six homes featured plus tea and boutique at Trinity Episcopal Church.
Tickets are $20, in advance and $25 the day of the event (but usually sell out long before the date)

20th Annual Holiday Tour of Bed & Breakfast Inns
December 13 & 14
1 – 5:00 P.M. each day
Tour 23 beautifully decorated Bed & Breakfast Inns and sample some of St. Augustine’s best offerings from local restaurants.
$25 admission for both.

Santa Run Christmas 5K
$35 Registration
December 13, 2014 – 8:00 AM
St. Augustine Beach Pier, 350 A1A Beach Boulevard
Walk or run in  your Santa suit!

Holiday Regatta of Lights
December 13 – St. Augustine Bayfront
 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Nutcracker Tea & Ballet at Palencia
Seatings are at 1:00 & 4:00 pm
$25

St. Augustine Ballet The Nutcracker
December 20 & 21
Tickets are  $15 – $30
Multiple performances

Navidad en el Viejo San Agustín
December 20, 2012
Mission of Nombre de Dios
7:00 P.M.
Celebration of Christmas as in Colonial San Augustin.

Beach Blast Off
New Year’s Eve
St. Augustine Pier
Chili Cook-off, Ice Sculptures, and Fireworks (8:30 P.M.)
Awesome way to wrap up the holiday season!

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SOS Children's Village

SOS Children’s Village – Coastal Cares

As part of the Coastal Cares Initiative, Coastal Realty is hosting a donation drive for SOS Children’s Village.  One of our rental owners is traveling to Agadir, Morocco in January where she will work at orphanages and will be affiliated with SOS Children’s Village helping care for the children and teaching English. She also plans on reaching out to other homeless individuals.

Donation Ideas:

  • Toys
  • Hygiene Items
  • Clothes/Undergarments
  • School Supplies
  • Monetary Donations for Shipping

Donations can be dropped off at any Coastal Realty Property or the Coastal Realty Office, 3942 A1A South.

For more information on SOS Children’s Villages visit:
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Jack-o-lanterns

It’s a Spooky Time in the Old Town This Month!

It’s a spooky time in the nation’s oldest city this month with many family-friendly and adult Halloween-themed activities. It’s a great time to visit with the cooler temps, fun activities, and it’s far less crowded than the peak summer months. Come be spooked by our ghostly history! The St. Augustine Beach and Tennis Resort is offering some great off-season rates – beachside condos in a beautifully landscaped resort.  Call 1-800-587-2287 and one of our friendly reservationists will be very happy to help you with a reservation.

Halloween Themed Walking Tours

This Halloween, get in the spirit by enjoying one of St Augustine’s special tours or events. Events and activities will take place throughout the month of October and include: The St. Augustine Pub Crawl, St. Augustine Creepy Crawl, History-Mystery-Mayhem and Murder, and the Savory Faire. Eat good food; discover the history behind some of the city’s most haunted places and party with friends at various locations.

Oktoberfest Beer Tours

During the month of October, enjoy special Oktoberfest Beer Tours. Celebrate the traditional Bavarian Oktoberfest while you sample pints of the city’s best brews. You’ll learn all about how beer is made as well as how to taste the difference between beers. Admission is $49 per person. Tours depart from the statue of Ponce de Leon in downtown St. Augustine at 5:15 PM every Thursday, Friday and Saturday from October 2nd through November 1st.

Trick-or-Treating at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall

Enjoy family-friendly Halloween fun at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall! Children of all ages trick-or-treat for free from 6 PM to 8 PM at the St. Augustine Outlet Mall. Dress up in your best Halloween costumes and take part in this exciting night of trick-or-treating.

A GHOSTLY ENCOUNTER OCTOBER 28 – 31

Walk the dark, narrow streets of St. Augustine and hear stories of those who came before us…and refuse to leave. A Ghostly Encounter Tours depart from the Spanish Military Hospital on Aviles Street. For more information call 904-827-2035

CASTLE WARDEN MYSTERY TOUR OCTOBER 28 – 31

Enjoy a late night tour of Ripley’s Believe It or Not Castle Warden to sleuth the mystery of the building’s haunting from a long ago incident. This mystery tour has visitors guess at solving the mystery that surrounds the death of the two women and learn about other spirits that are said to haunt Castle Warden. Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum For more information call 904-824-1606

GHOSTS AND GRAVESTONES OCTOBER 28 – 31

Enjoy a most haunting experience this Halloween on St. Augustine’s premier “Frightseeing” Tour that explores the darker side of St. Augustine’s past. Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley tour takes you inside the three most haunted places in the entire city. For more information call 904-829-3800

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Check Out Coastal’s New Commercial!

Coastal Realty’s properties and excellent service are highlighted in Coastal’s new commercial. We are here to be of service to our guests and owners. Come for a visit!

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Lighthouse

Smithsonian Museum Day – Saturday, September 27

Saturday, September 27th is Smithsonian Museum Day. Entrance to several local museums is free by printing out tickets from http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/?no-ist . Not just for locals, anyone can get the free tickets. Venues include St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum, Lightner Museum, Pena-Peck House, Ximenez-Fatio House, and Florida Agricultural Museum.
For locals only, September is locals appreciation month at Old Town Trolley.
St. Johns County residents enjoy free admission to the following tours and attractions the entire month of September with valid ID:
1. Old Town Trolley Tours
2. The St. Augustine History Museum
3. The Authentic Old Jail
4. Potter’s Wax Museum
5. The Oldest Store Museum Experience
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It’s Best of St. Augustine Voting Time!

Guests and owners of Coastal Realty properties – it’s Best of St. Augustine Voting time! Use the link below to vote for Coastal Realty in the following categories:
Best Real Estate Agency

Best Real Estate Agent
Best Real Estate Broker
Best Travel Agency

Here’s the link for voting: http://staugustine.com/bestof2014