Situated on Florida's northeast coast, St. Augustine has a distinct historic character and is a unique place to visit.
Founded in 1565 by Spanish admiral Dom Pedro Menendez de Aviles, it is reported to be one of the oldest communities in the United States. A stroll along the narrow lanes reveals Spanish, English and Native American influences in the lovely architecture, museum and various historical landmarks. Originally the state capital, St. Augustine is a popular stop for visitors.
Far removed from Disney World, its cobbled streets are shaded from the Florida sun by the cool spread of palms and moss-strewn live-oaks. The biggest attraction is the 17th century Fort Castillo de San Marco which sits by the sparkling harbor. Despite having changed hands from the Spanish Empire, to Great Britain, to the Confederate State, then the United States of America, the fortress's coquina walls crafted from sea shells and coral have withstood war and storms for over 300 years.
Other notable architectural sites include the impressive powder blue Memorial Presbyterian Church and the terracotta spires of Flagler College with its Moorish fretwork along with the Spanish district's worn clapboard shops smothered in pink bougainvillea.
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Places near St. Augustine
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- Jekyll Island 82 miles away
- Orlando 95 miles away
- Crystal River 104 miles away
- Cape Canaveral 113 miles away
- Florida 145 miles away
- Savannah 152 miles away
- Tampa 152 miles away
- Clearwater 161 miles away
- Tallahassee 182 miles away
- Anna Maria Island 187 miles away
- Sarasota 193 miles away
- Charleston 216 miles away
- Fort Myers 228 miles away
- Sanibel Island & Captiva Island 244 miles away
- Naples 262 miles away
- Panama City Beach 270 miles away
- Miami 294 miles away