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7. Some albino peacocks
Then we went to the old fort, Castillo de San Marcos. This was built in 1695 to protect the town from pirate and other attacks. It was never captured by force. It was star shaped with walls constructed of limestone shell that wouldn't crack. And the walls were over 5m thick on the outside. It had a gun deck lined with canons and sentry posts and a mote.
... drove to the fort. It was a big building made out of stone. We went on top and it was a beautiful view but we got sent down because there was thunder and lightening. Then we walked and had a drink.
PS The fort was called Castillo de San Marcos and it's over 300 years ...
... br> We saw lions, tigers, leopards, lynx, wolves, hyenas, bobcats and a porcupine. One jaguar had had a good life with his owner and got left there while his owner went on holiday but he never came back so the jaguar suffers from depression. There were more stories like this. All these animals could be walked on a leash.
We weren't allowed to take photos because it would scare the animals.
... 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.
... 129 which was a reduction of $100, I say I'll let him know. When we got there I went in & said I was the one that rang, he said he & his manager thought it was really funny that I'd turned down a $100 price reduction. Washed clothes in the nice laundry room. Went out to bar and played pool, well Peter did and I maybe did one or two decent shots over three games. Then had a really good Mexican, one of the best meals on the road so far & it was only ...
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Must Stay Here!
We stayed at the Clarion Collection Castillo Real over the Christmas holidays. I would highly recommend this hotel to everyone. It is very clean, comfortable, beautifully decorated, and the pillowtop mattresses are just heavenly. Thank you for a wonderful accomodation! We will be back.
Let me begin by saying that I had researched places to stay near I-95 on our way down to Disney World and found St. Augustine to be a "perfect" place to stop in. The city itself was very beautiful I must say and I really hate that we couldn't stay but one night. Anyways, on to the review.....
Some friends and I came to St. Augustine for the Wine Festival and since we were not trying to "rekindle any romance", we decided to stay at a hotel by the beach instead of opting for a B&B. I have to say that the Castillo Real's lobby looked fancy and inviting. The rooms were just as nice. Clean, comfortable, hot tub in room, pool & jacuzzi on property, and just walking distance to the beach.
This hotel is like a farm girl on her first night in the city. She looks cute from far away, but up close you'll see she's wearing the wrong eye makeup and shoes that clash with her belt.
Great Hotel! The rooms were large and well appointed with granite and travertine floors, nice color scheme and a DVD player to boot! The beds were "pillow top" which made for a restful sleep. Our room had a refrigerator and a microwave. I think this is standard for all the rooms which came in handy since the breakfast was expensive so we stocked up on cereal and milk, OJ, and water. The hotel also has FREE high-speed internet access (wired and wireless) but I did not bring my laptop since this was a vacation. The hotel staff was non-existent, but in a good way. The hotel was always clean and our rooms were picked up and beds made when we returned from sight seeing, but we never saw housekeeping. The pool was kid friendly and clean, but it closed at 10PM. The ocean was just a short walk from the hotel (100 yards) and you don't have to cross a busy street. There is a good selection of restaurants within a short drive from the hotel, and a few were within walking distance. Overall I was impressed with our stay and at $109.00 a night; we got what we paid for.
First the good - the hotel is approx 8 months old and is very attractive. Our street side room on the 4th floor was very large. While not on the beach, it is a very easy walk to the beach. The furnishings in the room were very nice although the art was too modern for my taste but it did not detract from the ambience.
Just near the beach
This is a new place. We read that they were on the beach and they are not. They are located about one block away and you have to walk down a residential street of old rental houses to get to the beach then there is no way to get to the beach. You have to climb down big rocks to get to the beach which is very risky.
Our room was nice and we hoped that since they aren't on the beach maybe we would at least have a view of the beach. You have to look over those rental houses and two old condo buildings to catch a peak of the ocean. Two public parking lots on either side of the place for locals .
If you just want a room then yes, if you came for the beach no.
The hotel is awesome!
We originally booked a room at the Holiday Inn and were terribly dissapointed (the place is nasty, cheap, and it smells bad). We went looking for a different place and stumbled across the Castillo Real. What a pleasant suprise! The hotel is new, clean, large rooms, foam toppings on the beds, and gives the feel of a very expensive luxury hotel. We had a corner room with two queen beds for $159 a night. The walk to the beach takes no more than 1 minute. There is no doubt the next time I stay in St Augustine Beach it will be at this hotel.
Beautiful place to stay!
Very nice hotel! The room was beautifully decorated, a little larger than average and am happy to report, immaculately clean as well. The pillowtop king-sized bed was very comfortable; I slept great.
I loved the enormous shower! I don't know what kind of shower head they had but oh boy did it feel great. I didn't want to get out!
The beach is just a couple minutes' walk away. Very enjoyable experience. You won't be disappointed.
One tip: If you have Triple A, mention it when you check in for your discount, because they won't ask if you have it. I overheard the people in front of me inquiring about it, but when it was my turn, I wasn't asked if I was a Triple A member. I had to mention it.