Here’s some ideas for Valentine’s Day in St. Augustine


If you’re still making last-minute plans for Valentine’s Day, that’s OK. St. Augustine offers a plethora of options to choose from, and that can be overwhelming. From catching the sunrise on the beach to carriage rides through downtown, you’re sure to find something in St. Augustine that will impress your Valentine. If you’re at a loss for ideas here’s a list of Valentine’s day events to help you out.


If your Valentine enjoys farm-to-table cooking, then why not head to the farmers market for fresh produce and then head home and prepare your own Valentine’s Day dinner? The Salt Air Farmers Market is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marineland Marina, 101 Tolstoy Lane, Palm Coast. Despite the name, you can find more than food at this event. The market offers a selection of art and home decor items as well.


Sometimes the simplest Valentine’s plans are the best. A picnic offers a great opportunity for a couple to enjoy each other’s company while taking in nature, and few places in St. Augustine are better for a picnic than Porpoise Point. Located outside of Vilano Beach, Porpoise Point offers a great view of the St. Augustine skyline and dolphins frequent the area.


Is your Valentine a foodie? If so, then the Vittles and Vino VIP Carriage Tour may be just what you’re looking for. The tour combines the charm of a carriage ride with a sampling of some of downtown St. Augustine’s famed culinary institutions. Vittles and Vino VIP Carriage Tours are at 1 p.m. daily through Feb. 14 and depart from The Tasting Tours’ headquarters, 59 Cuna St. Tickets are $139. For information and tickets, go to If the date you request is sold out, text 325-3911 for wait-list reservations.


Is your Valentine a lover of the performing arts? If so, you may want to consider an afternoon at the theater. “The Grapes of Wrath” is playing at 2 p.m. at the Limelight Theatre, 11 Old Mission Ave. Tickets are $26 for adults, $24 for seniors, $20 for military and students and children 12 and younger are free with a paid adult ticket. For information, call 825-1164.


Maybe a romantic walk is your style. Tour St. Augustine is offering a VIP Valentine’s Day Sunset Stroll at 4 p.m. Sunday that departs from Tour St. Augustine’s office, 4 Granada St. After the walk, join your guide for a glass of wine and chocolate. The tour costs $19 per person. For information, call 825-0087.


Do you share a love of the water with your Valentine? Then a sunset sail aboard the Schooner Freedom may be just the thing to make this Valentine’s Day special. The schooner departs at 4:15 p.m. from the Municipal Marina, 111 Avenida Menendez. The trip is $50 per person and features live music and complimentary soda, beer and wine. For information, call 810-1010.


If you’re looking for an intimate evening with your Valentine, you may want to check out the Valentine’s Lovers Tour. The tour features a horse-drawn carriage ride through the streets of downtown St. Augustine and includes a bottle of champagne. The tour costs $159 per couple with the option to take up to four people along (it’s an additional $35 per guest). Tours run daily between 6 and 10 p.m. through Feb. 14 and depart from The Tasting Tours’ headquarters, 59 Cuna St. For information and tickets, go to If the date you request is sold out, text 325-3911 for wait-list reservations.


If your Valentine likes the music of Traffic then consider an evening with Dave Mason, the band’s founder. Mason performs at 8 p.m. at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, 1050 A1A N., Ponte Vedra Beach. Tickets are $59 for the first nine rows and $49 for all remaining rows.


If you’re trying to impress a lover of fine wines this Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck. An after-hours wine tasting is at 6 p.m. at San Sebastian Winery, 157 King St. Tickets are $77 and there is an 18-couple limit, so get your tickets fast.

$10,000 MARTINI

If you really want to wow your Valentine this year, then break out your checkbook. Guests of Hilton St. Augustine Historic, 32 Avenida Menendez, will have the opportunity to surprise their Valentine with a $10,000 martini, complete with a splash of diamonds. According to Hilton, the cocktail is perfect for anniversaries, wedding proposals or other special occasions. When you reserve the experience, Hilton will have a member of their staff set up an appointment at a local jeweler to help you select the perfect ring, earring, pendant or necklace. But if you haven’t already made a reservation, act quickly. A 72-hour advance notice is required.