Historic St. Augustine is enchanting and mysterious all rolled up in one, and you can feel the history as you walk the cobblestone streets and gaze at the old buildings. The oldest city in America is more than just history, it’s filled with a rare beauty that tantalizes as it mystifies, it cuddles you up and makes it very difficult to say goodbye when it’s time to leave.
What follows is St. Augustine through my eyes.
By JP Chartier
The Great Cross – The world’s tallest cross at 208 ft
The Great Cross was erected in 1966 at the spot where Menendez came ashore in 1565
Along the Mantanzas Bay
Palm trees basking in the sunset
No ghosts here – St. Augustine is one of the most haunted cities in America
Magnolia Avenue is lined with oak trees – Natl’ Geographic once said it was one of the most beautiful streets in America
The Bridge of Lions connects St. Augustine to Anastasia Island in style!
St. Augustine as seen from the top of the Lighthouse
Castillo De San Marcos Fort – Construction began in 1672
A wonderful coffee shop full of charm
A Civil War Canon at the Plaza de la Constitucion Park in central St. Augustine
The Governments House was built in 1706. Executions would be supervised from the balcony
The Ponce de Leon Hotel was built in 1888 by Henry Flagler, today its the Flagler College
Gators galore at the Alligator Farm on Anastasia Island
I wrote all about the adventures at the Alligator Farm, you can read it here.
Our home for four days – The classy Casa Monica Hotel
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Great photos. I have been to St. Augustine countless times and had no idea that they were home to the worlds tallest cross. I love the Casa Monica hotel though, just gorgeous.
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Thanks Mags Another cool fact about the cross is that it was the exact place of the first ever Christian service.
One of our first family vacations that I remember was to St. Augustine. This post brings back good memories. I love the shot of the street with the trees and Spanish moss hanging down. I can see why it is deemed a beautiful street by National Geographic.
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Yeah I agree Ted, Magnolia Ave. is gorgeous! Actually I loved the whole town, great place to visit.
Enchanting indeed! Love the mix of colours and times of day!
Beautiful description of St. Augustine, one of the oldest settlements established by the Europeans. I would like to visit it someday.
Thank you Anda It’s a great little place to get lost in history for a weekend.