Founded in 1565, half a century before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth, St. Augustine holds the distinction of being the oldest city in America and is certainly one of the nation's most charming.
If you take a stroll around Saint Augustine's delightful historic district, with its cobblestone streets, quaint cafes and restaurants, unique shops and bed-and-breakfasts you will see why this Atlantic Coast gem charms so many first-time visitors.
Great for beaches, the town also boasts 43 miles of pristine shoreline. If you play tennis or golf, then this is the place for you as there are so many golf courses and tennis resorts located in the area. Ponte Vedra, home of both The Players Association (PGA) and Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), is a mere 20 minute drive from downtown St. Augustine.
Be sure to visit Fort Manzanas, the well-preserved watchtower fort built by the Spanish to observe enemy vessels approaching from the south, and their imposing Castillo de San Marcos, which took 23 years to build.
History buffs will love the Lightner Museum, housed in what was originally Henry Flagler’s Alcazar Hotel and contaings a diverse collection from shrunken heads and mummies to stunning collections of stained glass and crystal.