Congratulations! You’ve found the perfect partner that you want to spend the rest of your life with, and you’re ready to pop the question.
If you are thinking about proposal ideas in the Jacksonville, Florida area, you should know that there are several incredible places to propose in St. Augustine! With its beautiful historic buildings, charming streets, shops, restaurants, and beautiful beaches, St. Augustine is the perfect destination for you to get engaged.
We’re helping you get one step closer to a guaranteed “Yes!” by sharing our top ten proposal spots in St. Augustine!
1. PROPOSE AT THE TOP OF THE ST. AUGUSTINE LIGHTHOUSE
Do you want your love to feel like they are on the top of the world when you propose? Take them up to the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. You’ll see majestic views of the surrounding beaches, Matanzas Bay, and historic downtown St. Augustine.
2. City Hall Courtyard in front of the Lightner Museum
For those looking for a tranquil, private location to get down on one knee, the City Hall Courtyard is the perfect spot.
The Courtyard features a charming stone bridge over a rippling Koi pond, surrounded by lush landscaping and swaying palm trees. During the wintertime, the courtyard is even lit up with twinkling lights as a part of the Nights of Lights celebration.
Note: If you are planning to capture your special engagement moment on film, the courtyard does require a photography permit. You can contact the City of St. Augustine Event & Venue Coordinator for more information at 904-825-1004.
3. The Plaza de la Constitución during Nights of Lights
St. Augustine is truly magical during the months of November through January when the city lights up for the annual Nights of Lights celebration.
For those looking to share their love and commitment in front of a large crowd, consider proposing during the lighting ceremony in the Plaza de la Constitución, which typically takes place on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. Just make sure to get there early to pick out the perfect spot!
4. St. Augustine Beach Proposal
If you’re looking for a place to propose in St. Augustine that will provide picturesque photo opportunities, look no further than St. Augustine Beach.
We’re known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in Florida, and St. Augustine Beach has often been ranked as one of the top beaches in all of the United States. The sparkling white sands extend for miles, and you can even drive out on the beach in certain locations. We recommend packing a picnic to enjoy the beautiful colors of the sunrise or sunset or over the water.
5. A Romantic Carriage Ride Around Historic Downtown
Of all the places to propose in St. Augustine, it’s hard to think of a more classically romantic location than in the back of a horse-drawn carriage.
You’ll be able to sit back, relax, and learn about the history of the nation’s oldest city. Then, when the time is right, the driver can take you to one of the many perfect proposal spots in St. Augustine. Afterward, you can stroll hand-in-hand through the streets, or stop off at one of St. Augustine’s award-winning restaurants.
6. Sailboat Ride on the Matanzas Bay
The Schooner Freedom offers a Romantic Sunset Sail with beautiful views out over the Matanzas Bay. You can sip on cold beverages and cuddle with your sweetheart as you watch the sun go down over the St. Augustine skyline. After your proposal, you can literally sail off into the sunset together!
7. Propose in Front of The Castillo de San Marcos
St. Augustine is known for its rich culture and history, and there are few places more unique and historic than the fort!
The Castillo de San Marcos has stood on the banks of the Matanzas River since the 1600’s, and is one of the most recognized landmarks in St. Augustine. Its location on the Bayfront with the famous Bridge of Lions in the background makes this the quintessential St. Augustine proposal spot!
8. Under One of St. Augustine’s “Love Trees”
What is a “love tree” you ask? A love tree is where two separate species of trees grow in, on, or through one another. Local legend states that when two lovers kiss beneath one of these rare trees, that their love will be sealed for eternity.
There are several love trees throughout St. Augustine, including one on the corner of Cordova Street and Orange Street and one near the school on Bridge Street.
9. Propose at One of St. Augustine’s Fabulous Restaurants
There are so many culinary delights to discover in St. Augustine! A few of our favorite downtown locations that are perfect for a romantic dinner proposal are the courtyard at Harry’s Restaurant, Preserved (a historic home-turned restaurant in historic Lincolnville), and Collage.
If you’re looking for dinner with a fabulous view, there are also a few great waterfront restaurants that are outside of the downtown area. St. Augustine Fish Camp is a newer favorite among the locals, and the deck at Cap’s on the Water is famous for its fabulous sunset views.
10. Your Fiancé’s Dream Wedding Venue
Let’s face it; some couples have their entire wedding day planned well before they get engaged. If you are thinking about hosting your wedding at one of St. Augustine’s beautiful wedding venues, consider popping the question in the same location where you want to say “I do!”.
Daniel surprised his fiancé Tayla by getting down on one knee during a venue tour at The Treasury on the Plaza. It was so wonderful to watch them tie the knot at The Treasury later that year!
SAY “YES” TO THE TREASURY ON THE PLAZA!
America’s Ancient City is one of the most romantic places to start your journey down the aisle.
Whether you’re looking for great proposal spots in St. Augustine or wedding venues (or both!), we would love to be a part of your love story! If you just got engaged, let us know so we can help you spread the word!