Sunday, February 05, 2023

History and the Beach

St. Augustine, Florida is an historical city, the oldest continually occupied (by Europeans) city in the New World, established by the Spanish in 1565 as a post to protect their trade routes against the British.  Castillo de San Marcos is now a national monument.

Another fort, Fort Matanzas, was built on the other side of the inlet in 1740 to repel advances by the British.  It is now also a National Monument.  Accessible only by a boat ride provided by the Park Service, it is well worth the time and effort to visit it.

St. Augustine is full of old buildings and streets.
The Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine is a lovely place to visit.
The bell tower can be seen from all around the city.


So many intriguing doors, gardens and gates!

St. Augustine has a light house!

Are you bored yet?  There's MORE!

St. Augustine is a popular tourist destination because it is on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean.  That means BEACHES!

If you love history and the beach, St. Augustine, Florida is the place for you!


Deb J. in Utah said...

Such an interesting post. I learned something about St. Augustine. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a great trip! Have a good week.

Pamela M. Steiner said...

Oh, you were SO close to me!! St. Augustine is only an hour away. And that lighthouse stands just around the corner from where our kids' store (Dixie Cottage) used to be. They moved the store from there to here in Interlachen back in August of this past year. It would have been fun to have met you, but I know how it is when you are I've been sick with a cold/laryngitis, so probably not the best time for meet and greet! LOL. Yes, St. Augustine is a lovely old city. I'm so glad you enjoyed your time there. We are blessed to have it so close to us...and yet we rarely get over there. There's always a lot of traffic nowadays! Hope you have a beautiful rest of your week. Are you still traveling? Take care and God bless.

ellen b. said...

Happy to see you were able to stick your feet in the sand. Wonderful history lesson!

Anonymous said...

Definitely one of the places I always would like to have visited, but I never go southeast! Sounds lovely. Mary