A Seaside Thanksgiving

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Ten minutes from downtown St. Augustine and on a beautiful stretch of beach you will come upon the Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort. If you’re looking for ocean front camping for a seaside Thanksgiving – this is the only place in St. Augustine. If being ocean front is really important to you, there are only 20 spots available so we suggest you reserve one far in advance! You may have to wait until 2019 to experience the resort!


Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort

Bryn Mawr

The resort has plenty to offer in the way of activities – a huge swimming pool, tennis courts, shuffleboard, horseshoe pits and a playground for the youngsters. Pack up your umbrellas and beach toys and enjoy the fabulous water!

RV Sites



All RV sites are full hook-ups on concrete pads with 40 channel cable TV and WiFi at every site. On site there is also an activity center, laundry facilities and propane.


Was the First Thanksgiving in St. Augustine?

It’s been argued that St. Augustine is the oldest continually occupied city in America and was the site of the first Thanksgiving – not the commonly accepted location of Plymouth Rock. Professors from the University of Florida say that the earliest Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Spanish in 1565, sharing a meal of bean soup with the natives.

A day for Thanksgiving services was codified in the founding charter of Berkeley Hundred in Charles City County, Virginia in 1619. If you do the math, St. Augustine’s Thanksgiving was 56 years before the Pilgrims sat down and shared a meal with natives at Plymouth Rock. What is to be believed?


What to Do in St. Augustine

Whether St. Augustine was the actual site of the first Thanksgiving or not, there’s no argument that there are lots of interesting, fun and historical places to explore. Our best advice is to take the Trolly Tour – for a small fee they will take you all over town and to all the tourist points of interest. You have unlimited Off and On privileges on some tours. Then you can decide where you want to go back to again!

If you’re headed to St. Augustine for Thanksgiving where the average temperature in November is 74, some of the more popular things to see are the St. Augustine Alligator Farm where you can take a zip line over the alligators, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park, St. Augustine Wild Reserve and St. George Street where you will find great shops and local restaurants. Great place to get started on your Christmas shopping!


Pirate Museum and Christmas Lights

Are you a pirate at heart? Kids of all ages will have a blast at the Pirate & Treasure Museum.  Journey back to the time of the Golden Age of Piracy. See one of the largest collections of rare pirate artifacts in the world including the Journal of Captain Kidd’s Final Voyage in 1699 and Captain Thomas Tew’s 17th Century Treasure Chest .

Pirates Chest


Nights of Lights Display




If you love Christmas lights, how does 3 Million + white lights sound? Climb on board the Trolley for a trip through the award-winning St. Augustine’s 25th Annual Nights of Lights holiday light display.




The city dazzles with more than three million white lights decorating every corner of the historic district. See the lights twinkle even brighter with your complimentary viewing glasses.




If you’re headed to St. Augustine for a seaside Thanksgiving or Christmas, check out Bryn Mawr Ocean Resort. Park your new RV from Rocky Mountain RV and Marine next to the sea!