For the fourth year in a row we took the RV up to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving week. This year we decided to change our normal RV park and we booked into Compass RV Resort. This is a Sun RV Resort property that had been named Indian Forest Campground.
We have usually stayed at the KOA on Anastasia Island due to the convenient shuttle to take to town. The Old Town Trolley in St Augustine has a shuttle that goes from the island hotels and campgrounds into town with stops at the Alligator Farm and Lighthouse. The shuttle runs hourly, making it fairly convenient. We decided to change campgrounds this year for the simple fact we do not really like the KOA (most we do like but this one has some poor sites). We gave up the hourly shuttle, but Compass RV Resort does sell Old Town Trolley tickets and there is a shuttle at either 9am or 10am. A return shuttle can be arranged from old town if you get to Stop 1 by 5:30pm.
As far as the campground is concerned, we will definitely be returning. We had our rig in spot 105 which is a pull through on a corner by the storage yard. We had a nice area out front to give us more space and the traffic was minimal. Lots of dogs going by which was a challenge with our Boston Terrier, but no incidents occurred. Do to our outings in town and the temperature we did not take advantage of their very nice looking pool. Everyone there was friendly, courteous, and very helpful.
St Augustine was, as usual, a great place to be for the holiday. They had their annual Night of Lights event that runs through the season and is a site to see. Over 3 million lights on all the businesses and in the main avenue park. Walking St George street for all the little shops was enjoyable as well. We made sure we ate at one of our favorites, Meehan’s Irish Pub. For Thanksgiving we had dinner reservations at one of St Augustine’s oldest restaurants, The Raintree. Service and food were impeccable and we’ll be back next year (make reservations early).
In the past, we would take the Old Town Trolley special Night of Lights tour. This year we decided we would try and get a horse drawn carriage after Thanksgiving dinner. Unfortunately for us the wait time was an hour and half. So we chose to look around a bit on foot and then returned to the campground.
We did take the time to visit the Fountain of Youth this year and it was a really great decision. There are many things to see and experience – well worth the admission price. Next year we have decided to go into the original Ripley’s Believe It or Not museum.
Although we did not visit this year one of our recommendations is to see the Medieval Torture Museum on St George Street. A truly educating and enlightening museum that exposes a little discussed part of our human history. The museum is a private collection and some may be surprised at the devices and methods used – and may even see some still used today.
So as it stands, St Augustine for Thanksgiving has become our tradition. I’ll be making my reservations in the spring to ensure I get the site I want and we will enjoy our time there again. Feel free to check out some our pictures in the Gallery or send us a message with questions.