Introduction to St. Augustine, Florida
St. Augustine, Florida, in St John’s county, is 36 miles SE of Jacksonville, Florida. The people of St. Augustine are in the Jacksonville metropolitan area.
St. Augustine History
St. Augustine is the oldest European city in the United States. Though the area was first visited by Ponce de Leon in 1513, Juan Menendez de Aviles established the first settlement in 1565. For almost 200 years, St. Augustine was the Spanish center of power in North America. Apart from the problem of hurricanes, the city of St. Augustine also faced a history of wars with the French, British and Native Americans, as well as famine and plague. When Spain ceded Florida to America, St. Augustine prospered, especially during the Seminole war of the 1830s. The oil tycoon, Henry Flagler, visited the city in 1883 and invested in the restoration and development of the city as a winter resort.
St. Augustine and Nearby Attractions
- Cathedral of St. Augustine.
- Old St. Johns County Jail.
- St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum.
- Zorayda Castle.
- Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.
- Anastasia State Park.
Things To Do In St. Augustine
In St. Augustine you have numerous recreational options. During the sunny, mild afternoons of winter you can take a stroll around the city streets as well as check out its shopping areas with several book shops and antique stores. From November through February, the city celebrates the Nights of Lights celebration around town. Apart from that, you can also enjoy water sports, ghost tours, cozy carriage rides or boat and kayak excursions through the local rivers and creeks.
St. Augustine Transportation
The city is served by the St. Augustine Airport.
St. Augustine Higher Education
St. Johns River Community College provides adult education opportunities.