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In the Footsteps of History
(2015 - Winter Issue)

Writer: Steve Winston

In St. Augustine, you can hear the echoes of the 20 generations who’ve walked here before you.

St. Augustine, which celebrated its 450th anniversary in September, is the oldest continuously occupied European-settled city in the U.S. Established by Spanish conquistadores, today it also reflects the influence of those who followed, among them Greek, Minorcan and British.

But this area isn’t just “historic.” It’s a place that combines a colourful history with a beautiful seashore, excellent resorts and plenty of attractions.

If These Streets Could Talk

They’d tell you stories of intrigue, plots, patriots, scoundrels, princes and conquerors who floated here on the tides of history in search of fortune, the Fountain of Youth or conquest.  

St. Augustine is anchored by its landmark, the coquina-stone Castillo de San Marcos, constructed by the Spanish between 1672 and 1695.

In the Historic District, the Casa Monica, a Moroccan palace built in 1888, is today an upscale resort surrounded by charming bed and breakfasts. And out on the beach, the Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is an AAA Five-Diamond resort with a world-class spa, two championship golf courses, distinctive dining and ocean views from every room. 

A Different Kind of Florida

“You’re in America’s oldest city and, because of who we are and the legacy we treasure, vacations here are different,” says Richard Goldman, president and chief executive officer of the St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches Visitors and Convention Bureau. “And it doesn’t hurt, either, that St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra offer world-class accommodation, bucket-list golf, eclectic dining venues and 68 kilometres of beautiful beaches.”

Travel Planner

Plan your visit to historic St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra and The Beaches at FloridasHistoricCoast.com

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