St. Augustine

St. Augustine is an incredibly charming and historic city located south of Jacksonville and filled with Old World allure. History literally comes alive as you walk the brick lined streets past landmarks that have been there for centuries and conjure up memories of pirates, forts and battles. Discovered in 1513 by Ponce de Leon and founded in 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles, it is the oldest city in the continental United States. St. Augustine lies in a region known as “The First Coast”, which extends from Amelia Island to Palm Coast, south of St. Augustine.

St. Augustine is a truly popular place to live, as well as, visit due to its vast history and charm. Nearly 450 years separate its past from its present, but nowhere is history more celebrated than in St. Augustine. Spanish Colonial architecture, shopping, museums, amenities, pubs, and attractions fill the city with excitement and year-round activity. The city's historic center is anchored by St. George Street, which is lined with historic homes from various periods and a multitude of quality shops, restaurants and galleries.

The stunning 42-mile oceanfront playground and beautiful climate of St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach gives beachgoers plenty to enjoy all year long. A multitude of water sports are available from fishing, kayaking, windsurfing, swimming, to just relaxing and watch the dolphins play. You might even catch a rare glimpse of Northern Right whales that come here to give birth in the winter. Visit the St. Augustine Lighthouse and experience the breathtaking view of St. Augustine.

There’s also year-round, world-class golf: The Sawgrass Marriott Resort in nearby Ponte Vedra Beach hosts the PGA Tour’s Players Championship, while the World Golf Village boasts the only course jointly designed by Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus, The King and Bear and The Slammer and The Squire.

The St. Augustine Alligator Farm incorporated in 1908, is one of the oldest commercial tourist attractions in Florida, as is the Fountain of Youth, which dates from the same time period. The city is one terminus of the Old Spanish Trail, dating back to the 1920s linking St. Augustine to San Diego, California, with 3,000 miles of roadways.

For more information on St. Augustine, http://www.stjohnscountychamber.com/

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