Five Reasons to Visit St. Augustine, Florida

When you think of going to a place in the United States that’ll transport you back in time, what comes to mind? If Florida isn’t your first thought, you wouldn’t be alone. But did you know that the city of St. Augustine was founded in 1565, making it the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the United States? Today’s St. Augustine is rich with historical sites dating back throughout its history, but it also boasts great dining and top-notch boutique shopping.

If you’re looking for some travel inspiration in hopes of finding a place that’s equal parts fascinating and fun, check out these five great reasons to consider a trip to St. Augustine:

Castillo De San Marcos National Monument [St. Augustine, Florida]

Castillo de San Marcos National Monument | The oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S., the Castillo de San Marcos was begun in 1672, when Florida was still part of the Spanish empire.

Flagler College [St. Augustine, Florida]
Flagler College | On this 19-acre campus, you’ll find some exceptional architecture, like the Hotel Ponce de Leon.Its impressive interior was designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany for college founder and oil tycoon Henry Flagler. Nearby you’ll also find the Memorial Presbyterian Church and the Lightner Museum, both of which are also housed in buildings commissioned by Flagler.

Colonial Quarter [St Augustine, Florida]Colonial Quarter | This open air, “living” museum will give you a glimpse of life in St. Augustine in the 16th, 17th and 18th centuries. See inside a sailor’s home, visit a leatherworks and participate in musket or canon drills.

St. Augustine Beach [St. Augustine, Florida]
St. Augustine Lighthouse | This 1870s lighthouse, with its distinctive swirling stripes and red cupola, can be climbed for a dramatic view out over Anastasia Island and the Atlantic.

St. Augustine Lighthouse [St. Augustine, Florida]
St. Augustine Beach | With white sand beaches perfect for sunbathing and sandcastle-building, plus a great pier for fishing, St. Augustine Beach is one of the top places in town to hit the shore.

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Gina Czupka

Gina’s first solo trip abroad, at age 16, changed her life. Since then, travel has been her passion and it’s her mission to convince others that they really can make travel a part of their lives. These days, she seeks out destinations where she can indulge her taste for adventure and shop for additions to her textile collection. Some of her favorite experiences from recent trips have included eating bun cha in Hanoi and feeding hyenas in Ethiopia.

Gina’s Favorite Travel Tip: When traveling abroad, learn enough of the language to be polite (hello, thank you, goodbye) and to shop and haggle (numbers and colors).

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