When it’s time to break up the nonstop sunny days on St. Augustine’s famed beaches, this one of a kind city offers up plenty of options for history buffs as well.
Founded in September 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain, St. Augustine is the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States – more commonly called the “Nation’s Oldest City.”
Here, you can dive into more than four centuries of history that owes much to the Spanish and English, to Greeks and Native Americans and African Americans.
Stroll the narrow lanes, enter the many museums, visit landmarks such as Castillo de San Marcos, built by the Spanish in St. Augustine to defend Florida and the Atlantic trade route; Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth” Archaeological Park; or the Oldest Wooden School House Historic Museum & Gardens, the unique Minorcan homestead of Greek carpenter Juan Genopoly, established in the late 1700’s.
You can even own a piece of St. Augustine history to call home. The former Buccaneer Lodge, where vacationers decades ago would enjoy afternoon tea on the inn’s expansive porch, is now a private home that’s on the market.
Whether visiting or looking for your own slice of a bygone era, St. Augustine is sure to bring out the nostalgia you’re seeking.