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The beaches around St. Augustine, FL

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Hello everyone! So I'm busy trying to plan our family vacation for this upcoming Spring. The idea is to travel in late April or early May...before school lets out and while the beaches are, hopefully, less crowded. We would have an entire week.

I'm going to come right out and say that my husband and I are not "beachy" people. However, as we are now proud parents to two rambunctious and active three-year-old girls and it just makes sense to take a more laid-back approach to traveling, at least until they are a bit older and easier to manage, and I now get why so many parents take beach vacations every year. We reside in Charlotte, NC and went to the Outer Banks last year and it worked out great.

I know that early Spring isn't ideal beach weather and we are okay with that. If we can swim, it will be an added bonus. I am looking for laid-back beach towns that aren't super-touristy (no Myrtle Beach-types for us!) and I'm trying to figure out if the beaches around St. Augustine fit what we are looking for. When trying to research I find that most of the Florida websites seem to almost ignore this area in favor of the Gulf Coast or beaches further south. I imagine renting bikes and biking to town for casual lunches and dinners, visiting some historic sites (St. Augustine itself appeals to us for that reason) and checking out some state parks. I'm thinking the girls would love the Zoo in Jacksonville.

I prefer to rent a house but it seems as though this is mostly condo territory. I found some nice ones near Flagler Beach. Is this a nice town? Any locations I should be looking into or avoiding?

Any advice would be much appreciated.


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