Even if you are not a Floridian, you have probably heard about St. Augustine, Florida. Over the years it has hit lists like “Top Destinations for Families, “Best Historical Vacations,” or “Top 20 Places to See this Summer.” Not only does it offer the history that comes with the title as the Nation’s Oldest City, but it has miles of beaches to the East. St. Augustine was once the playground for the rich as established by railroad pioneer Henry Morrison Flagler who built lavish Summer destinations like the Ponce de Leon Hotel and Hotel Alcazar (with the world’s largest swimming pool on its first floor). His railroad was built so wealthy families from the North could Summer in St. Augustine, Florida.
Tourists and new residents flock to St. Augustine for its beautiful Spanish architecture, its fascinating history, its beach and boating activities, and its many activities for families. The bustling historic district is filled with beautiful Spanish style historic homes that have mostly been turned into bed and breakfasts but there are many options on the outskirts of the city center looking for a traditional neighborhood. His properties are used as museums or as part of Flagler College.
Luckily, for those living in St. Augustine the historic district and the beach are a quick drive, or horse and buggy ride, away. The kids can head up to Potter’s Wax Museum to “see” their favorite stars or to the Fort to fight off pirates while the adults can head to St. George Street for traditional Spanish food at The Columbia followed by live music and Sangria on an upstairs patio above the cobblestone streets. There’s just something about the magic of St. Augustine that floods the town with tourists year round. Even during the holidays visitors flock to the city for the Night of Lights festival that blankets the beautiful coquina buildings with thousands of twinkle lights.
Being the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine is a more established town with lots to do and see. If it’s character you want, St. Augustine is the right choice for you as it’s boiling over with charm. Many retirees and empty nesters have decided to settle in St. Augustine or the St. Augustine Beaches to the East for its small town feel. There is also definitely a hipster foodie scene emerging in St. Augustine as the younger people move in and open restaurants and bars, so your palate won’t go unsatisfied… by any means. St. Augustine is like nothing else we’ve seen in Florida so if you’re looking for the unique, look no further than St. Augustine. We’d love to show you this quirky, eclectic little town of ours.
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