Family Photo in St. Augustine
FAMILY,  MY DESTINATIONS,  Parenting Boys

FLORIDA VACATION DURING A PANDEMIC

We decided to take a St. Augustine, Florida vacation on this particular year. It was, also, the year of the Corona Virus pandemic. So, we were iffy about whether to take a trip or not, but eventually decided to go, anyway. And, I am so glad that we did.

FLYING DURING DURING A PANDEMIC

Our vacation was not a typical Florida vacation because of traveling in the throes of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Actually, we traveled during what some people are coining the “second wave” of the virus. Many things were open, but we were back to wearing masks, social distancing and the closure of some government or state ran facilities and sites.

We decided to fly. My youngest son had never flown before. So, since it was an inexpensive option for us, I decided to make this part of the adventure.

I half expected the plane to be empty—especially traveling to Florida, which was reported to have record-breaking cases of the corona virus, statewide. However, our plane appeared to be to capacity with people heading to the Sunshine state. We were required to wear masks, however, we were still sitting side-by-side with the person next to us without any special precautions in place. I wasn’t concerned, really; I just found it interesting considering that some events were being banned based on social distancing guidelines.

The airport in our home state had a lot of restaurants closed down. I was unable to get a Starbucks—or anything else for breakfast when we arrived. However, the Charlotte, North Carolina airport had food options open and the Jacksonville, Florida airport had the same. Lucky for me, I do not typically eat until after 10 am anyway. So, I was able to manage until we got to our final destination.

4 TIPS FOR FLYING DURING A PANDEMIC

  • If you are especially anxious about flying, just stay home or drive to your destination. No need to cause any drama.
  • Bring several masks. You may need more than one, in case one is lost, dropped or soiled.
  • Bring hand sanitizer
  • Plan to bring snacks and water in case restaurants and shops are closed down.

ARRIVING IN ST. AUGUSTINE

We flew into Jacksonville and rented a car to drive to St. Augustine. It was about an hour drive from the airport to our condo.

Upon arriving, our number one goal was to eat and then get to the beach. We had our first meal at Hurricane Grill & Wings. It is a small-ish restaurant in the corner of a strip mall, but the food was very good.

Prior to arriving to Florida, I had heard all kinds of scary tales through social media about how Florida was managing the virus. I was pleased to find that everywhere that we went in St. Augustine required that you wear a mask to enter. I felt plenty safe….just as safe as I felt in my hometown. A Florida vacation during a pandemic was not the best decision, at first; but, it turned out to be quite the blessings.

A Family playing Catan on vacation in St. Augustine, Florida. A Florida vacation during a pandemic
My third son was in Orlando with his girlfriend. So, they drove over and we played boards game and ate pizza one evening.

VIDEO: PLAYING IN THE POOL

My youngest son and I visited Historic St. Augustine on our fourth day here. A lot of the shops were shut down because of the Corona Virus. The famed Fort was closed, as was Fort Katanza. I needed to use the restroom and we needed to get a map of the area. So, we decided to park at the Visitors Center parking garage. It cost $15 to park there. It was a nice, shaded option in a secure location. So, if you intended to stay the entire day, this was a great choice. However, since we were not there to eat and a lot of the things we would want to see were closed down, it probably was not the best choice, financially, for us.

The visitors center was nice. It is a very large building with displays of artifacts inside; and, they had very nice, clean public restrooms.

Mom and son in downtown St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic

Once parked, we walked along St. Charles Street which is a brick road that is for pedestrians, only. This street is entirely lined with shops and small restaurants. There were a handful of restaurants and shops closed because of the Corona Virus; it was still nice and quaint, though. We live in a small tourist town. So, while it was a pleasant visit, it didn’t hold the same wonder that it will hold for someone who will see it with fresh eyes.

Of course, it was very hot and we were wearing masks. So, we were ready to get back to the pool after and hour or two.

BEACH TIME: FAMILY PICS

Image of family members on the beach of St. Augustine | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
A couple on the beach of St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
J.B. TOLS on the beach of St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic

VIDEOS AT BEACH

SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS DURING A PANDEMIC

Mom and son wearing masks in Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Mom and son swimming with dolphins in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Dolphin swimming in St.Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Jennie Root swimming with dolphins in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Silas riding a dolphin in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Silas and dolphins in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Jennie and dolphins in St. Agustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Mom and son playing with dolphins in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Silas holding fins with a dolphin in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Jennie holding nose of dolphin in St. Augustine, Florida | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Dolphins jumping in St. Augustine, Florida

DISNEY WORLD

The boys at the entrance of The Magic Kingdom at Disney World | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Race cars in Magic Kingdom | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
in our race car in Magic Kingdom | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic
Silas driving a race car | J.B. TOLS | A Florida vacation during a pandemic

VIDEO: IN DISNEY


You can take a Florida vacation during a pandemic and make it just as quality of a vacation as any other time during your life. Be cautious, enjoy the outdoors and spend a lot of one-on-one time with your family.


ST. AUGUSTINE BUDGET BREAKDOWN

AIRPLANE FLIGHT: 3 PEOPLE

CONDO: 8 NIGHTS

DISNEY TICKETS: 6 TICKETS TOTAL/POP CENTURY RESORT FOR 2 NIGHTS—COMBO PKG

RENTAL VAN X 10 DAYS

SWIM WITH DOLPHINS X 2

KEEPSAKE PHOTOS OF DOLPHINS

DISNEY MEMORABLIA

DISNEY PONCHOS

RESTAURANTS:

Pizza ordered to condo while in St. Augustine X 5 people

Hurricane Grill & Wings Restaurant X 3 people

Rainforest Cafe in Disney X 3 people

Starbucks in Disney X 3 people

GROCERIES

AIRPORT SNACKS

TARGET IN ST. AUGUSTINE

WALGREENS IN ST. AGUSTINE

ST. AUGUSTINE VISITORS CENTER GIFT

MISC. (LOST RECEIPTS)

$561.60

$1,275.00

$1,261.09


$678.75

$427.14

$100.58

$122.45

$34.98



$48.31

$68.71

$164.55

$41.77

$254.35

$20.53

$37.80

$57.42

$2.35

$100.00

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GRAND TOTAL:…………………$5,257.38


If you would be interested in reading about other trips with expense budgets, please check out the following links:

Asheville, North Carolina and Amelia Island, Florida (no budget info)

Colorado Springs RV Trip- Just Mom and the Boys

Las Vegas, Nevada

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