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This morning we went to the Fountain of Youth, which is a Spanish dig site. It was home to the first white settlement in America.
1. A musket firing
2. The planetarium (to show how early explorers navigated)
3. A canon firing (it was loud)
4. The Fountain of Youth spring (it tasted sulphuric)
5. A native Indian village (an old Indian burial site)
6. Mission de Numbers (the earliest ...
We had a sleep in and then went out to the Fountain of Youth which is where America was first settled. We went and saw how to work a musket. After that we saw a canon. It was very loud when it was fired. We saw some shelters of some Indians that once lived here.
Today we went on a Segway Tour.
1. Flagler College (the first hotel that had electricity)
2. A cathedral (it had a pipe organ with the most pipes in the world)
3. A popsicle shop (it had home made popsicles that were delicious)
4. A house on fire (it nearly took the chocolate shop!!!)
After lunch went to a animal rescue and rehabilitation park for exotic ...
... stopped and had a homemade popsicle at the Hypo.
Then we went to the St Augustine Wildlife Reserve. It looks after big cats and lions. A lady bought a lynx for a pet but it was too rough and so she kept it in her garage and just threw it some food now and again. So they rescued it and care for it now. We also saw lions, wolves, tigers, black jaguars, white Bengal tigers, a cheetah, some leopards, bobcats and porcupines.
... returning to the boat the owner said "Hey, we gotta talk. I wouldn't buy this boat if I were you!" I had to agree with him. Back to square one. Given that we were closing the sale of our house in just 4 weeks time this put us in a bit of a desperate situation, so I resolved myself to drive all over Florida to find a replacement.
Fast Forward- my travels around Florida did bear some fruit. ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Pirate Haus Inn Saint Augustine
Really nice place with bedbunks and private rooms. The staff is Great and overall just a really cosy place
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Pirate Haus Inn Saint Augustine
The Pirate Haus Our Best Vacation EVER
We have just returned from a 10 day (July 3rd to the 13th) stay at The Pirate Haus in St. Augustine, FL. My family and my friend of 17 years and her family stayed in 2 of the private room and all 9 of us have decided the The Pirate Haus is the GREATEST place to stay to get the full effect of St. Augustine the oldest city. When you arive you feel like to stepped back in time. To The Captain Conrad, Thank you for the best vacation we have ever had, you made our stay feel like we were at home visiting with friends. Your hospitality is the best, and so are the rates. I highly recommended everyone wanting a memorable vacation with your family / friends stay here at The Pirate Haus Inn. And parking if Free for private rooms. The private rooms have AC and a ceiling fan to keep you cool, also a private bathroom. We all hated to leave. We will be back again and again [:)] [:)]
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The best deal in downtown St. Augustine
So why didn't I give it an excellent?
Well if you're looking for maid service and poofy and pretentious hotel exteriors, you're not going to get it. For private rooms, you will get a large room with bunk beds, wall paintings, free pirate pancakes, a fun living room, and a place to meet people from all over. So I didn't give it an excellent because I know some people just won't "fit" here. I came here with three couples in my husband's families and I know their taste had to be widened a bit after staying here.
The owner, Conrad, is amazing. He's the best cross between a great friend, a truthful concierge, and an approachable pirate. The rooms have their own individual paintings and you could just stare at the beauty in the artwork all around the place.
It's not made for persons with mobility disabilities. There are some steep stairs you climb to get to the inn.
The price is best part for a spacious room downtown St. Augustine. We paid around 60 WITH tax.
There's a great room down the hall to watch t.v., surf the internet, borrow toys for your kids, play board games, and so much more. We held my in-laws 40th wedding anniversary get together there between a couple of family members. There's a kitchen alongside, that serves more like a co-op. In addition, the private rooms have mini-fridges too.
We don't care for maid service nor anything that requires us to feel like we're at some howard johnson . . .so this place was fabulous. If you're an extremely light sleeper, i'd watch out, because wooden floors may allow you to hear hyperactive kids in the hallways after quiet hours are over.
The best attraction in St. Augustine!
This was my first time in St. Augustine, and I have to say-- overall, the city was a little too tourist-y for my tastes; but the Pirate Haus made it all worthwhile. The first mate was incredibly helpful in all aspects of our trip- and they had books of menus and other things to do in town. I loved this inn- the people are friendly, the pancakes are great and the rooms are comfortable and lovely. The common room and the rooftop patio are great places to relax your aching feet after walking all day-- and best of all, the location cannot be beat! I was right in the middle of everything- and blocks from anything I wanted to do or see or eat. Make sure you listen for the late night drunk revelers-- everyone that passes the hotel at night says ARRRR!
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I love expensive B&B's too, but forget them just this once!
I am a college professor in my 60's, and my wife is a librarian about the same age. We have stayed at beaufiful B&B's from Victoria, B.C. to San Antonio to Charlottetown (PEI) to North Carolina, and 5-star hotels in both Asia and Europe. Sound like your typical hostel guests? Then why would we try a hostel? Because EVERYBODY loves this place! For example, check the Lonely Planet book on Florida, and try to find a hotel which gets as much space as Pirate Haus! Possible concerns we had before going:
too noisy? Didn't happen. Not clean enough? Didn't happen. Too many teen-agers? Some of the visitors were older than we are! Downsides: yes, the parking for the private room people is tight, but arranging to make sure we could get out when we wanted to was easy. Common area was not as fancy as our home or a B&B, but I don't think many B&B's, at any price, were within walking distance of as many things as Pirate Haus. Anyway, we were here to see St. Augustine, not to admire furniture; we can do Victorian in our own bedroom at home better than most B&B's. Conrad loves to talk about this place, about what to see and where to eat. We found him a VERY good guide. We can hardly wait to go back with our grandsons!
The Pirate Haus is awesome!
Husband & I stayed at the Pirate Haus December 29, 2005-January 1, 2006. Prior to reserving our room back in November 2005, we had never heard of the Pirate Haus, Conrad, or anyone/anything associated with Pirate Haus. Everything about the Pirate Haus is excellent!
Excellent value: We did our homework before we left home. We looked at rates for chain motels in the area (none of which are actually located in the historical district-except Casa Monica) and at the local B&B's in the area. Our cost for 3 nights at the Pirate Haus was the same as 1 night's rate at many of the B&B's in the area.
Excellent, Friendly and Helpful staff: We arrived in St. Augustine very late on the 29th. We called Conrad to get directions. When we arrived someone had double-parked in the Pirate Haus's lot. Somehow Conrad had a space elsewhere reserved for us. Given the general lack of parking space in the area, we so appreciated this. Later, we used the kitchen to prepare some dinner for ourselves. Conrad was also in the kitchen at that time and offered us some of his own food! The fully-equipped kitchen is available for all guests to use.
Excellent location: the Castillo de San Marcos and the Spanish colonial quarter are literally no more than a 5 minute walk from the Pirate Haus's front door to the entrance for these attractions.
Excellent LOCAL advice: Conrad gave us a map marked with what's good/what's bad about St. Augustine including attractions, food, etc.
Excellent room: We stayed in the Map Room, which is a private room. We had a Queen-sized bed, PRIVATE bathroom (contrary to earlier posts here on this subject), A/C. It was quiet as was the Pirate Haus overall. There were no wild parties, or drunk obnoxious people running in the hall.
Excellent Pirate Pancakes: Unlimited, every morning 7:30-9:30. Conrad makes them personally. He made one with my husband's and my name on it.
The only snag we ran into was that another guest boxed our car in on the morning we had to depart. This does not reflect on the Pirate Haus, but rather on the general parking situation in St. Augustine. Conrad was quite helpful in solving this minor inconvenience.
More a guesthouse than a hostel with private clean bathrooms and lovley themed rooms with aircon. Itīs very central in the old town and you get pirate pancakes for breakfast!
VERY clean, friendly & CONVENIENT!
This hostel is extremely clean and located in the heart of the historical district. You can walk to all the sites and drink yourself silly in all the bars surrounding the hostel. Conrad, the "Pirate Captain" will entertain your kids and teach them how to swashbuckle and/or give you the info on all the worthwhile things to see and do. You also get free pirate pancakes. Can't beat the price for the location. It's a small hostel so it is quite easy to make friends or stay isolated (your choice). There are private rooms w/baths as well.
Lovely, quaint hostel in the Old City
This hostel boasts a superb location smack in the heart of St.
Augustine's historic district and within easy walking distance of good places to eat/drink and many interesting things to see. We stayed in a spacious private room, which was very neat and tidy, with its own attached bathroom. At 60 a night for a holiday rate, it was an excellent value, given that close-by B&Bs were getting 150 to 250 or so a night.The host fixed a wonderful pecan pie for the guests, and there were pancakes for breakfast. It's certainly a very "chummy" hostel, so be prepared to sit around the kitchen table and chat. My husband found the bed a bit uncomfy, but I found the only real negative to be the abysmal lack of parking; although, to be fair, this is a problem all over St Augustine and is not restricted to the hostel.
Wonderful Inn/Hostel in the best location for little dinero!
Whenever I travel I always stay in hostels where possible because I like meeting my fellow travellers from both the USA and distant lands. Hostels are usually inexpensive because you have access to a kitchen where you can store/cook your own food. The Pirate Haus is one of the cleanest hostels I have stayed in and the only one with all you can eat pancakes for breakfast! (free coffee too in a real mug - no styrofoam here) There were quite a few families with kids when I stayed, probably owning to the fact that the rooms have bunkbeds in them in addition to queen beds, so that you can actually get 4 kids + 2 adults in a room, and the kids seemed to thrill to the Pirate motif. Most hostels have shared baths, but the private rooms at the Pirate Haus are en-suite. There is also a common room with TV, games and toys for kids, and a rooftop patio with a gas grill. Staff were very friendly and informative. The location at $46 a night can't be beat. The backpackers and local students stay in the dorm rooms where a bed is only $17 a night! High speed internet access is also available. St. Augustine itself is just like a European town center with small narrow cobblestoned streets and a central plaza. St. Georges street reminded meof the German 'fussgangerzones', pedestrians only, no cars, and on the weekends it seemed like every bar had live music. The beach is about 4 miles away and there is a bus that'll take you there for a buck. Friday and Saturday the Taverna in the spanish quarter has a band that does music from the good 'ol days (450 years ago!)