Saint Augustine

From the St. Augustine Lighthouse
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If you wish to visit places rich in history, you need not go out of the country, there is a place in the United States that you can go to and enjoy the city’s rich cultural heritage. Saint Augustine, Florida is known as the US’ oldest city, having been founded in 1565. It is also popularly called the Ancient City.

Saint Augustine is situated between North East and Central East Florida. It has an all year round mild climate that is perfect for site-seeing and touring the city’s historical district. There are a lot of things to do in this old city that will not strain your budget; here are just a few of them:

Saint Augustine Beaches – Over at the Bridge of Lions, there is the Anastasia Island and Saint Augustine’s beautiful beaches. This area is very different to the beaches in southern Florida because there has been very little development here and you will not find towering residential buildings. If you want some peace and quiet at the beach, this is a great destination. You will only need to pay a small entrance fee to enjoy its pristine waters.

Vilano Beach Fishing Pier – Just near the Matanzas Bay, this place is great for fishing or just relaxing. The view of the city and the surrounding waterways is quite amazing. The best time to go is around late in the afternoon, just before sunset.

San Sebastian Winery – If you are into wines, you will definitely enjoy a visit to this famous winery. It offers daily tours to the whole facility and you get to taste their wine for free!

Mission Nombre de Dios – This is the oldest Catholic Church in the US. The grounds are perfect for a family picnic. You cannot miss this old church with its giant cross that measures more than 208 feet tall.

Old Jail – No visit to this historical city is complete without touring Saint Augustine’s Old Jail. The place is part of Saint Augustine’s most popular tour, called the Old Town Trolley.

If you are planning on a little R&R for the whole family, consider Florida’s Ancient City!

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