Founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain, St. Augustine is the longest continually inhabited city in the United States – the “Nation’s Oldest City.” Here you can dive into more than four centuries of history that owes much to Native Americans, African Americans along with the British and the Spanish or you can dive into the Atlantic Ocean along 40 miles of beach.
Stroll narrow lanes dotted with architectural gems, enter a variety of museums, visit landmarks such as the Castillo de San Marcos, built by the Spanish to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route, the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park and the St Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum – there is something for everyone and much of it is enjoyed outdoors.
You can even own a piece of history and call it home. Formerly known as the Buccaneer Lodge, where bygone winter vacationers would sip afternoon tea on the expansive wraparound porch, the present owners, who have transformed this private estate into a magical place, call it Little Paradise and so it is. Pool, home gym, garage and studio are thoughtfully arranged on the 1.8 acres dotted with live oaks and native gardens.
With small town ambience and a low-key urban vibe, St Augustine’s appeal is wide and her offerings many.