Review of St. Augustine, Florida


One of the nicest cities we found in the US
Star Rating - 2/22/2012
My wife and I traveled over 50,000 in a motor home around America. Besides sightseeing, we were also looking for places to live for the colder months. We discovered St. Augustine and it just spoke to us, sio we bought a condo here near the ocean. The quality of life is excellent and the weather is much milder during the winter months than up north. It can get cold, but doesn't usually stay cold for long, and no snow. There are lots of interesting things to see and do here if you look for them. The downtown can be VERY touristy, with obnoxious trams circulating tourists by the droves during vacation periods, but that also brings commerce and revenue to the city. Shopping is pretty good, but the larger stores are in Jacksonville, requiring an occasional trip for some things. Crime doesn't seem to be an issue, except in certain low-income neighborhoods. Taxes are moderate, we hear from friends that the schools aren't too bad (for Florida, a state not especially committed to having good schools) and the traffic is only congested occasionally on Rt 1 in the shopping district. All in all, we've loved it here our first year and
Bob | Islesboro, ME
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Very Outdated Review-7 Years later. Stop running down the low income neighborhoods every where! Do your homework! This city struggles with BIG CRIME ALL OVER THE TOWN! Stop blaming a small group of people when it is everywhere in town to especially the downtown area!! The worst! What woman walks down town St Augustine ALONE? Day or Night? Not I for the past 2 years. In fact, I don't walk around in St Augustine much alone anywhere but occasionally to a DR appt. and then I am looking all around me, I watch where I park, I have a constant eye out for the many predators. St Augustine is FULL of homeless and many mentally ill people! Over 50% of all jailed here...are Mentally Sick and the County has no funds to properly care for all these criminals and sick people! Just call the Sheriff's office and ask them what are you doing about this? After 12 years in this city...we have had enough negative experiences for a life time from this city! Lots of problems here-not being handled! The homeless people in years have become dangerous...they are not a quiet community living in the woods behind Winn-Dixie on US 1. Beware...they can show up anytime begging for money! Just don't go alone anywhere in town! Best Advice!
Sandy | Saint Augustine, FL
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