St. Augustine — Florida Tours
St. Augustine is a famous city in Florida, considered a corner of Spanish tenderness and a good life, even by the standards of a developed state. Together with American Butler, you can visit this cozy city, take interesting excursions, just have a good rest, take a dip in the warm harbor and walk along the cozy streets of St Augustine, learn a lot of new and interesting things.
What is this amazing city built by the very first in America?
History of St. Augustine
As early as the 15th century, the ever-young and beautiful city called St. Augustine appeared on the maps. This is the central city in the small county of St Johns, which has many lands, but only about three thousand inhabitants.
This city became the first city of America. In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon, the navigator, landed here in search of the legendary source of eternal beauty and youth. He gave the found land the name "Florida" — blooming, later the state received such a name. Pedro Menendez de Avile, the Spanish admiral sent to defend against the French by the government, founded the fort here in 1564, which later became the city of St. Augustine.
St. Augustine is located on an island off the coast, and in its reliable harbors, any ships will find salvation from the storms and wind that is rampant in this unfriendly part of Florida. Traditionally for cities languishing in the tropical heat, the streets of St. Augustine are rather narrow.
The sea wind walks through the streets, and the climate is mild and comfortable. That is why St. Augustine in the United States is similar to Menton and Nice in the depths of France, basking in the comfort of Provence. Residents of the city itself live mainly in blocks near the harbor, and the suburbs with rare huts look lonely and abandoned.
On weekends and holidays, diverse people fill the streets: Creoles, Indians, nuns and priests, mulattos and English true ladies with gentlemen. We must not forget about local markets, crowded with food — fresh meat and vegetables, various fruits of the tropic and other products are so inexpensive that living here is a pleasure.
Saint Augustine Attractions and Things to Do in the City
The main pleasure of St. Augustine is walking, and for good reason: the city is amazingly beautiful. The central part is very reminiscent of Spain: there are always lattices on all windows, each homeowner will definitely have a patio — a small courtyard inside surrounded by delicate columns, intricate balconies seem to compete with the roofs in the complexity and beauty of stucco ornaments and decorations.
- The protector of the town is Castillo de San Marcos, built in the 17th century on the beautiful model of Castilla. It does not cause enthusiasm for people familiar with military affairs, but it leads to ecstasy of archaeologists and antique dealers with numerous towers, loopholes, ancient cannons and mortars, which pose a greater danger to the shooters than to the fired;
- The unusual hotel Pons de Leon has been operating since 1888. It was built together with the famous Alcazar Hotel Henry Flagler. The main innovation of the hotel at that time was shell rock as a raw material for the composite material from which the building is built. In addition, it was the first electrified hotel in the city, and even had to specially hire people who put out the lights in the rooms, as guests were afraid to touch the switches.
- The Presbyterian Memorial Church on Valencia Street is an amazingly beautiful building, similar to the Venetian Basilica of St. Mark, which is worth a visit to all lovers of beautiful architecture.
Excursion to the first city in America from Miami
The famous and reliable company American Butler invites you to visit this resort, admire the architecture and enjoy the fresh sea breeze, visit local museums and just take a walk along the small streets of the city.
With us you don’t have to take care of the details: the company will completely take care of organizing the holidays. American Butler — quality relaxation and reasonable prices.
|Tour duration||14-16 hours|