Walking along the narrow cobblestone streets of the oldest city in the U.S., it's easy to imagine you've been transported to a colonial Spanish town somewhere in the Caribbean. But you're in St. Augustine, Florida, where nearly 5 centuries of history collide in the best way with quaint cafes, inviting bars and restaurants, charming bed and breakfasts, shops, art galleries and more. Ponce De Leon's legendary Fountain of Youth was discovered here near Castillo de San Marcos, the oldest masonry fort in the U.S. built by the Spanish in 1672 to protect the city from pirate raids.
Situated along a chain of barrier islands between Jacksonville and Daytona Beach, St. Augustine today is a well-known vacation destination for visitors who come for sunny skies, 43 miles of white-sand beaches, an intriguing history and award-winning golf courses, including two premier layouts at the spectacular World Golf Village®. These courses complement the incredible World Golf Hall of Fame, a two-story PGA Tour Stop museum with historical displays, high-tech instruction and store filled with golf-related merchandise.
The World Golf Hall of Fame®Discover personal memorabilia from golf’s greatest players, then tee up an interactive exhibit that is far more than just par for the course.
Anastasia State ParkSpend the day exploring a 1,700-acre wildlife and bird sanctuary with five miles of beaches. This family-friendly recreational area provides the perfect nature escape, with amenities that include a boat ramp, picnic area and playground.
Castillo de San MarcosStanding guard on the western shore of Matanzas Bay, this imposing fort was constructed in 1672, 100 years after St. Augustine was founded by Spanish explorers. It was built to defend the city against raids by English privateers, including an earlier attack by Sir Francis Drake and his fleet of 22 ships in 1586.