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Step back into history in Saint Augustine, Florida

The state of Florida is known for its amusement parks, beaches, and entertainment for the entire family, but do you know that it is also where you will find the oldest continuously occupied European settlement in the country? The city of Saint Augustine is where you can step back into history where historic houses from various periods in time lined up its streets.

Founded by Spanish admiral and Florida's first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés in 1565, Saint Augustine was the capital of Spanish Florida for over 200 years. The city was never abandoned since its founding, thus it is known as the oldest continuously inhabited city in the country. The city is blessed with a humid subtropical climate and covers a total area of 10.7 square miles. It is inhabited by more than 13,000 people, most of who are descendants of the forefathers of the city, and are proud of their heritage. The city is 36 miles from Jacksonville, 94 miles from Orlando, and 151 miles from Tampa.

Saint Augustine will appeal to travelers who are history buffs or those who are yearning for a place where they can relax while visiting its attractions. Although its draws in thousands of visitors annually, it is not as busy as the major cities of Florida. Its top attractions include the Old St. Augustine Village, Spanish Military Hospital Museum, Authentic Old Jail, Colonial Quarter, Old City, Castillo de San Marcos, St. Augustine Lighthouse & Museum, Mission of Nombre de Dios, Fort Matanzas National Monument, and St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum. If you want to see another side of the city, you can check out the St. Augustine Alligator Farm, San Sebastian Winery, World Golf Hall of Fame, Ripley's Believe It Or Not, Potter's Wax Museum, Wolf's Museum of Mystery, and enjoy a number of water and outdoor activities.

Saint Augustine is one city you must visit with the entire family. This is where everyone will learn about the history of the country, and enjoy a vacation full of activities. Consult your travel agent for more details. 

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