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La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites History

obrien-historyLa Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites opened as “La Fiesta Motor Lodge as one of the first Inn's on St. Augustine Beach. The design replicated historic old Spanish architecture, which included stucco and clay tile roofing. Guests continue to admire the authentic historic style on Florida's historic coast, as well as state of the art amenities. One of the most prominent features of the Inn is the large 60 foot heated swimming pool which is still known as the largest heated pool on the beach.

A former U.S. Coast Gaurd lookout tower remains adjacent to the property today.

In the 1960’s La Fiesta Motor Lodge and the adjacent beachfront home were traded for a fleet of shrimp boats. The local boat builder, L.C. Ringhaver traded the shrimp boats for the property and operated the inn for about a year and then sold it. Although he sold the Inn, his family currently still owns the oceanfront estate located next door.

The first addition to La Fiesta took place in the mid 1980’s when eight ocean view rooms were constructed at the east end the hotel. Using high-quality construction techniques, the owners Ben & Dee La Mendola along with their daughter Kim, maintained the Spanish style, while increasing the size and features of the rooms. The third addition was completed in 2000 , when the La Mendola’s added eight suites. Five of the popular suites have two-levels, along with gas fireplaces, Jacuzzi tubs, granite wet bars and stunning ocean views.

Rich O’Brien and Lauren Ringhaver the current owners of the La Fiesta Inn & Suites, met in 2001 at the La Fiesta pool while Lauren was visiting her family, who owns the adjacent oceanfront home. They married in 2003 and since then have completed a long list of improvements to the inn, providing guests with the most up to date amenities and award-winning gardens for guest to enjoy.  Fall of 2012 starts a major renovation at La Fiesta with all new furniture, flat screen TV's and more.

You will enjoy Fiesta Falls Miniature Golf, which is located next to La Fiesta Inn & Suites. The prized 18-hole miniature golf course opened in the late 1980’s and is known for its extensive water features, ocean views and 65 foot Spanish ship in the lagoon and delicious soft serve ice cream.

 In 2005 Rich & Lauren also purchased the adjacent bed and breakfast at 1 F Street, which they operate today as Beachfront Bed & Breakfast. Their oceanfront bed and breakfast has eight romantic rooms and is ideally located beach front. The beautiful gardens, heated pool and Jacuzzi, tastefully appointed rooms, luxurious linens, and delicious breakfasts, make Beachfront Bed & Breakfast a desirable destination exclusively for adults in the St. Augustine Beach area.


La Fiesta Ocean Inn & Suites ~ 810 A1A Beach Boulevard, Saint Augustine, FL 32080

Toll Free 800-370-6036 | Phone: 904-471-2220