Trip to St Augustine Florida - Orlando / Florida Guide
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An easy 100 min drive from Orlando, use the coastal road via Daytona and you can stop off at some gorgeous secluded unspoilt beaches, plus on the journey see some awesome high-end properties perched high above the beach on stilts for protection from the Atlantic ocean.
St. Augustine is a city in the South Eastern United States, on the Atlantic coast in northeastern Florida. It is the oldest continuously occupied European-established settlement within the borders of the USA.
Saint Augustine was founded on in 1565 September 8th, by the Spanish admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés, who became Florida' s first governor. The place was named ' San Agustín, ' as Aviles ships bearing settlers etc from Spain first sighted land in Florida eleven days earlier on August 28, which was the feast day of St. Augustine
I have been advised by many people over the years to visit St Augustine and finally decided on a visit in 2016 ( stayed 2 Nights ) and was so happy with what I found at the destination I returned on 3rd April 2017 for a 2nd Visit.
Most visitors approach St Augustine via the Bridge of Lions which is guarded by the Replicas of the Medici lions
St Augustine is like no other place on Florida, steeped in history with many original buildings still intact, and is a fascinating place to explore, and unlike so many Fl towns it is very walkable.
Most people take a trolley bus which goes from one location to another but some of the stops are only 100 yards apart, so forgo the tram and walk around the town, it is far more rewarding
Most important building have plaques attached with information about the said building, information which the trolley bus driver impart to you but at the cost of the ride on the trolley bus.
Personally I loved the town and its history and culture, but to be honest some of the shops in the main old streets sell jewellery, brick and brack etc which can be seen all over Florida.
But a plus side of the town must be the places to eat which come to life at night.
To walk around the confines of the narrow old city at night buzzing with people, all light up is rewarding.
For food you are spoilt for choice, eating in old inns, alfresco in lovely gardens, or on balconies overlooking the streets crowded streets.
The only issue is restaurants close early so if you are a late eater you will be disappointed.
You can easily visit St Augustine in a day trip from Orlando, but spoil yourself and stay a night and experience the town at nights, all lite up and buzzing with people, eating on great restaurants soaking up the atmosphere.
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