Bayfront Marin House
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Welcome to St Augustine Florida and the Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast, the top-rated waterfront Bed and Breakfast in downtown St. Augustine by TripAdvisor.
Looking for a laid-back, relaxing getaway in lovely St. Augustine, Florida? Look no further than the elegant, award-winning Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn.Located directly across from the Matanzas Bay, in the heart of the historic district, this lovely hotel alternative offers the best views anywhere in the ancient city from the spectacular Bridge of Lions and romantic St. Augustine lighthouse to the playful dolphins in the Intracoastal Waterway.
If you’ve never stayed in a bed and breakfast before, you’ll love the welcoming atmosphere and personalized service provided by our friendly, helpful staff. And if you’re a bnb veteran, you’ll be delighted by what makes us different – things like private entrances and individual thermostats for every room for the ultimate in privacy and comfort. As soon as you walk on our richly landscaped grounds, you’ll know why our guests have voted us the #1 Bed and Breakfast on the Bay.
The Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn is an easy stroll to the city’s historic sites, museums, art galleries, quaint shops, and many fine restaurants. We are directly across from the seawall, and just a few blocks from the historic fort, Castillo de San Marco.
If you’re looking for a truly unique escape this year, call the Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn at 904.824.4301. We look forward to making it a stay to remember!
Privacy for an intimate getaway
Each of our 15 rooms boast private bathrooms and private entrances, so that you can mingle with other guests if you’d like, or retreat to your room for romantic alone time. Most of our rooms have double Jacuzzis, and many have electric fireplaces. Enjoy your sanctuary or enjoy the public spaces – it’s your vacation, and your choice!
You don’t have to speak with a twang to love our hot, southern breakfasts.
Our cook Mary grew up in restaurants from North Carolina to Florida, and those years of experience definitely show with every meal she creates. Each day, you’ll be given a card so that you can pre-order your breakfast requests: simply choose Mary’s daily hot entrees (banana pancakes, bacon stratas, French toast, or eggs Benedict), and as many “extras” as you would like (homemade muffins, fresh fruit salads, cereals, bagels, croissants, etc). All breakfasts come with the best coffee in town and fresh orange juice.
You can choose the time you’d like to eat – any time from 8:00 to 10:00 – as well as the location you’d enjoy: our cozy dining room, breezy patio, or elegant gazebo. For an additional charge, you can also enjoy a romantic breakfast in your room, or on our picturesque second story deck.
By the time you leave, you’ll be begging Mary to come home with you!
There’s no better place to unwind on vacation than our happy hour, served every day from 5:00 – 7:00.
Enjoy our homemade sangrias – red and white (or mix them together for pink sangria!) We also have a wide selection of wines, and imported and domestic beers.
Appetizers change daily, from Mary’s famous bean dip (Mike’s favorite) to Heloisa’s cheesy toasts. We also have mini pizzas (made by Tatyana), sausage rolls with Mary’s mustard sauce, and salsa, chips, and guacamole.
We also feature delectable treats each night – Heloisa’s rum cake; Donna’s tuxedo pie, pumpkin roll and all kinds of cheesecakes; and Sandy’s trifles and raspberry tiramisu. The Bayfront Marin House serves some of the best desserts in Saint Augustine!
Homemade Ice Cream & Frozen Margaritas
Even in the midst of a Floridian summer, the Bayfront Marin House is always cool. On Wednesdays in July, August and September, you can enjoy the breeze off the bay along with Mike’s unbelievable homemade ice cream. Savor his unusual flavor combinations: banana oreo, coffee toffee caramel crunch, kahlua mocha chocolate cherry chip.
Celebrate Thursday night with homemade margaritas – icy concoctions guaranteed to cool you down.
But hurry – these seasonal yummies are only available July through September!!
Park Your Car and Enjoy our Bicycles
Parking in Saint Augustine is always challenging – but the Bayfront Marin House offers free parking for all of our guests. Once you park your car, feel free to use our complimentary beach cruisers to get around town – or ask us for directions for a leisurely bike ride around Saint Augustine’s Maria Sanchez Lake. It’s a beautiful area that a lot of visitors to Saint Augustine miss!
Beach Chairs & Umbrellas
Heading to the beach on Anastasia Island? Want to enjoy Florida’s wide, clean beaches and sunny days? Ask us about free beach chairs and beach umbrellas for your trip. It’s a great way to protect yourself from the sun and enjoy a beach day during your visit to historic Saint Augustine.
Want to just enjoy the water without the sand in your toes? Climb into our lush hammock, and watch the water and the lighthouse as you swing lazily. Or spread out on our cushy furniture on our bayfront second floor deck. The choice is yours!
Also enjoy free Wifi, Individual Thermostats and Flat Screen Televisions in Every Room.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Mike Wieber for sharing his own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
People come the first time because we are ideally located in the historic district and on the water. They come back because they love the service...our staff makes visitors feel like family, and they will bend over backwards to ensure each of our guests have a wonderful stay.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
We are known for our amazing water views, and our great amenities--a hot southern breakfast each morning, and a 2-hour happy hour each night. Our happy hour includes red and white homemade sangria, freshly made appetizers, and an amazing dessert. We also are the only bed and breakfast that offers 24 hour desk service--so our guests can enjoy a wonderful experience all day and all night.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
St. Augustine is the oldest city in the country--453 years old and counting! We have evolved a lot in that time--there's history on every corner, but there's also a vibrant arts district, great restaurants, and over 20 miles of beaches. We have it all! (Does that count as one thing?)
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
A guest recently told us that they loved the history of our town and our property, but they *adored* the modern showers (they were a big fan of the body jets), our imported tile choices, and our fresh contemporary rooms.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
That we are a foodie paradise! There are over 70 restaurants within walking distance of the inn, and they offer something for every taste--nationally recognized fine dining, extensive wine lists, tapas, ethnic foods, and even food trucks! Plus, we have a local distillery, local winery, and multiple breweries...if you like to eat or drink, we have something for everyone.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Get a trolley pass and take it around the entire town--you'll hear a great overview of the area's history, and also get a sense of the layout of the town. 2. Tour the Castillo de san Marco, built in the late 1600s. 3. Tour the old Ponce de Leon hotel, now Flagler College. 4. Borrow our bikes and explore Lincolnville, where Martin Luther King, Jr. stayed and planned one of his most effective demonstrations. 5. Walk through our narrow brick streets, including the narrowest street in the country (Treasury Street), and the oldest street in the county (Aviles). 6. Spend a day at one of our beautiful beaches--we have chairs, umbrellas, and secret spots for you to enjoy!
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
EVERYTHING is within walking distance of our inn! The Castillo de san Marco, the oldest stone fort in the country, is just 5 blocks away. The old Ponce de Leon Hotel (now Flagler College) is 5 blocks away. Over 70 restaurants are within an easy walk, as is the shopping district on St. George Street, an award-winning distillery, a winery, brewpubs, and about 15 different museums--an exact scaled down replica of the Alhambra Palace (Villa Zorayda); a huge collection of Victoriana, including a full room of antique music boxes, Edison recordings, and Victrola record players (the Lightner); the largest collection of authentic pirate artifacts (the Pirate Museum); the first Ripley's Believe it or Not!; a beautiful lighthouse, and multiple house museums (the Oldest House, the Pena-Peck House, the Llambias House, the Father Miguel O'Reilly House, the Ximenez-Fatio House, the Government House, and the Alvarez-Gonzalez House). You could spend a week here and still have lots of things to do on your next visit!
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
That is the hardest question ever! Here is what I currently am loving: 1) the bacon jam/deviled egg/fried oyster appetizer at Catch 27. 2) The tuna and housemade pickled vegetables at Blackfly. 3) Anything at Michael's Tasting room. 4) Cocktails and my favorite shrimp and grits at the Ice Plant. 5) Taco Tuesday at the Urban Back 40. 5) Dessert at our inn--we have the best key lime pie in town!!
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
We routinely share insider tips, seasonal itineraries, and local favorites on our blog: https://www.bayfrontmarinhouse.com/our-blog/. You can also subscribe to our newsletter for monthly offers and to stay up to date on the latest happenings! >> http://eepurl.com/bYU3-5
How many rooms does your inn have?
We offer 15 uniquely decorated rooms at the main inn downtown as well as 8 separate beach cottages on Vilano Beach.
Do you accept pets?
We do! Pets are welcome in any of the first floor rooms at our downtown location, as well as in the Oceanview Cottage on Vilano Beach. Both have a daily tariff of $35 per dog. Some restrictions apply; please see our complete pet policies on our website.
Bayfront Marin is the perfect spot for weddings, vow renewals and commitment ceremonies.
Relax and enjoy a picture-perfect wedding day at the beautiful Bayfront Marin House.
Our wedding coordinators are happy to take care of all the details for you—from flowers to cake to decorations to music—so that you can focus on what’s really important…you, your spouse, and your commitment to each other.
We can host an intimate ceremony for just the two of you, or we can help you plan a celebration for groups up to 30. (Larger parties require renting the entire inn; please call us for details). And we have lots of opportunities to customize the wedding that’s perfect for you. Start by choosing the venue that best suits your style:
- Our romantic gazebo, draped with sheer curtains that billow in the bayfront breeze
- Our stunning second floor deck, surrounded by the blue sky and water
- A casual beach ceremony on one of St. Augustine’s beautiful sandy beaches.
Click here to see all of our options and packages, or call us at 904.824.4301 to talk to someone about planning your special day.
Attractions, Activities & Events
While staying at our Florida Bed and Breakfast, enjoy a family vacation of sailing and motor boating, canoeing and kayaking, water skiing, parasailing, and Jet skiing in the immediate area, in the Atlantic, in Salt Run, in the Matanzas Bay or the Intracoastal Waterway. Our closest public marina Is a mere block away! Family swimming, sailing, biking and hiking along endless miles of fine, glorious, golden sand beach, in our national, state and local parks and Florida preserves.
For more about outdoor activities in St. Augustine, including golf, fishing, sailing, surfing, hiking and local parks visit staugustineoutdoors.com.
Fishing — ocean and freshwater — you can do both at our St John’s County family public pier. Deep sea and charter fishing are available at several local marinas as well.
Golf is available at the World Golf Village, St Augustine Shores Country Club, St John’s County Course. Nearby Ponte Vedra is home of the Players’ Association (PGA).
Attractions & Events
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St. Augustine Amphitheater — Featuring great concerts year ’round. Click the link to see entertainment schedule!!
Schooner Freedom — Sail the Beautiful Matanzas Bay (See our “Sail Away to Romance” special at the Bayfront Marin House for more information). See the Best of St Augustine on Old Town Trolley Tour!A three day ticket will take you to all attractions, including the winery, the beach, the Lighthouse and the Alligator Farm!
The Lightner Museum: A Gallery of the Collections of Otto C. Lightner, ”The Gilded Age”, including Victorian Glass and works by Louis Comfort Tiffany. The beautiful museum is located in the restored Alcazar Hotel,created originally by Henry Flagler.
Oldest House Museum:Oldest House in the US, the Gonzales-Alvares House includes the Manucy Museum, 400 years of St. Augustine History, the Military Museum, and the Edwards Gallery.
St Augustine Galleries -St. Augustine Art Association is an association of area artists dedicated to promoting and preserving the visual arts in our community.
Visit Old City – Whether you are looking for a relaxed family vacation lounging on the beach, a championship golfing getaway with the guys, or a romantic weekend getaway, St Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches has plenty to offer. Click on the categories below for specific information about what interests you the most. You can even book your getaway vacation on line!
St. Augustine Pub Crawl:Tour St. Augustine from one historic pub to another
OldCity.Com – Welcome OldCity.com the Nations Oldest Cities Premier Information Portal
St Augustine Lighthouse and Museum – The St Augustine Lighthouse And Museum preserves and interprets the history of the St Augustine Light Station and its associated maritime, coastal, and social history.
Historic Fort – Castillo de San Marcos – A favorite of Adults and Children Alike…National Park Service Tours
Anastasia State Park White sand beaches…walk miles along Salt Run and watch the sunset with views of the old city in the background. Enjoy picnic areas, kayaking, sailing.
St Augustine Municipal Marina – Nestled in the heart of St Augustine, Florida, just south of the Historic Bridge of Lions in the city’s historic district, is a true treasure for anyone traveling the Intracoastal Waterway: the St Augustine Florida Beach Municipal Marina. One block from the Bayfront Marin House!!
See Beautiful St. Augustine From the Water-
The Bayfront Marin House, your Florida luxury travel and holiday adventure vacation Bed and Breakfast rental is located in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida, walking distance to all – Museums, art galleries, historic sites and architecture, restaurants, entertainment, the marina, Flagler College, special events areas, rental and, again, the beautiful and romantic Florida waterfront.
Jacksonville, Daytona, Gainesville. In planning your luxury travel holiday or adventure vacation, there is an airport in St. Augustine, Florida, for private planes, from which transportation is available to the historic district.
From the South…
Travel northbound on I-95 until Exit 311. Turn east (right) onto State Road 207, following it approximately 6 miles to the end at the intersection of SR 207 and US 1. Turn north (left) onto US 1 and travel approximately 1/2 mile to the intersection of US 1 and King Street (ABC Liquor on the corner). Turn east (right) onto King Street (heading into the Historic District) and travel to the end of King Street (where it hits the water). Turn south (right) onto Avenida Menendez and travel 1 and 1/2 blocks. We are the large yellow building on the right side, #142 Avenida Menendez. Our unloading zone is directly in front of the building, there are white stripes on the road and a sign that indicates unloading for the Bayfront Marin House.
From the North…
Travel southbound on I-95 until you reach Exit 318 (Factory Outlet Malls). Turn east (left) onto Route 16 and travel approximately 6 miles to the intersection of S.R. 16 and US 1 (CVS Drugstore on right). Turn south (right) onto US 1 (Ponce de Leon Blvd.) and travel to the intersection of US 1 and King Street (ABC Liquor on Left corner). Turn east (left) onto King Street (heading into the Historic District) and travel to the end of King Street (where it hits the water). Turn south (right) onto Avenida Menendez and travel 1 and 1/2 blocks. We are the large yellow building on the right side, #142 Avenida Menendez. Our unloading zone is directly in front of the building, there are white stripes on the road and a sign that indicates unloading for the Bayfront Marin House.
We offer complementary parking passes to our parking lot, and street parking, where available, is a very convenient option in St. Augustine.
You can park behind the Inn on Marine Street (non-metered), in front of the Inn all the way down the sea wall and on the residential side of the street in non-reserved spaces (metered Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm). Be careful not to park in the spaces marked “RESERVED”, these are clearly marked and are only for residents with a yearly parking permit. They will issue a $25 ticket to non-permitted cars in reserved spaces.
PARKING LOT PARKING:
If street parking is not available or if you prefer to use our lot, please use one of our two unloading zones to check in. One is directly in front of the Bayfront Marin House (#142 Avenida Menendez) – there are white stripes on the road and a sign that indicates unloading for the Inns. There is another unloading zone off of Marine Street directly in between the back of the Inns. Both unloading zones are designed to fit two cars so please be aware that you are leaving room for others. Once you check in you will be given a COMPLEMENTARY parking pass and directions to our parking lot, located 1 block behind the Inn at the Oldest House Museum.