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St. Augustine "The Nation's Oldest City" from the Historic Downtown filled with Old world charm to the amazing coastline of beautiful beaches this destination is sure to make a memorable vacation. A unique city known for its beautiful scenery of Spanish Colonial architecture that holds over 450 yrs of history ready to be explored and discovered. You will see why an average of 6 million visitors per year flock to this charming city. Downtown has so many sites to see and behold. Offering tours from a choice between land and sea you can learn all there is to know about this City's exciting past. With St. Augustine being walking friendly you can immerse yourself with the endless choices of quaint cafes, restaurants and bars on every corner you turn to satisfy any craving. As you stroll along the cobblestone streets you'll be sure to enjoy listening to the sounds of live music playing around every corner while you explore the variety of cool shops, boutiques and art galleries. St. Augustine is also home to some of Northeast Florida's most beautiful beaches where there are a host of activities to choose from whether you enjoy just sitting back and relaxing watching the waves crash or are into watersports or fishing.
Don Pedro Menendez founded and named the colonial settlement St. Augustine on September 8th 1565. On this day Menendez, 800 Spanish settlers and the city's first pastor Father Fransisco Lopez celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving and a meal in which they invited the native Seloy tribe, who were locals to the area. It is thought that the Spanish contributed pork, beans, biscuits and red wine and the Seloy tribe contributed turkey, venison, gopher tortoise, fish corn, beans and squash. Yes, this was the very first Thanksgiving 56 years before the Pilgrims at Plymouth Plantation. This event is commemorated today by a 250 foot cross which stands at the site. St. Augustine was to serve two purposes, it was to be a military outpost for the defense of Florida, and also to be used as a base for Catholic missionary settlements throughout the southeast.
This is a special place that should be visited by anyone that may have the opportunity. It is absolutely worth the trip from anywhere. Traveling by air: Jacksonville airport (JAX) is one of the closest major airports just about 30 minutes from the area, offering flights from most major airlines. Traveling by car: Conveniently located minutes off of major highway route 95.
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