St. Augustine to Daytona Beach - Cruising the Atlantic Coast

By Gary McKechnie This is the second time I’ve written about a Florida road. The first time was when I bragged about Highway 399 along the Gulf Island National Seashore south of Pensacola. Now I’ll direct you to another one of my favorites that begins just south of the fabled Bridge of…

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Vilano Beach in St. Augustine, FL: It Feels Like Home

By Amy Wimmer Schwarb The closest beach to St. Augustine is Vilano Beach, FL, a tidy little neighborhood that’s a favorite among locals. Vilano offers water sports, shell hunting, restaurants, all-night fishing and the best views of downtown St. Augustine. Some beach towns feel like places where…

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Make a Day for Clay County

By Gary McKechnie Although relatively few travelers know about Clay County, located in north Central Florida about 30 miles west of St. Augustine, nearly everyone is familiar with three of its most famous sons. Born and raised in Green Cove Springs, Charles Merrill left Clay County and later…

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Accessible Travel: Historic St. Augustine by Trolley

By Janet K. Keeler St. Augustine is old. Like 1565 old. This is not exactly news, but it’s a bit of an oddity in a state that didn’t really blossom as a large-scale tourist destination and year-round home for many transplants until air-conditioning was perfected in the early 1900s. St. Augustine…

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St. Augustine Pirate Museum: The Real and the Imagined

For history buffs, there's a circa 1710 blunderbuss. For popular culture fans, there's Jack Sparrow's sword. By Amy Wimmer Schwarb At the Pirate Museum in downtown St. Augustine, you can stand on the deck of a replicated pirate ship, light a reproduction of a cannon and feel the simulated blast…

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Explore Florida History in the Forts of St. Augustine

By Amy Wimmer Schwarb When the sun has set on downtown St. Augustine, and the lively bars have closed and the streets have cleared and the tourists are settled in their hotel rooms, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument seems to preside over the night, its dark shadows casting a solemn murk…

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Lift Your Spirits at St. Augustine’s Mission Nombre de Dios

St. Augustine offers hundreds of activities for visitors, from a sip of water at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park to a cannon firing at the Castillo de San Marcos. But for a respite from traditional tourist draws, talk a walk to—and then through—the grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios…

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Florida Stories: A Walking Tour of St. Augustine

Tom Scherberger Want to explore the cultural, historical, and architectural treasures of St. Augustine, Fla.? There’s an app for that. Just go to Florida Stories Walking Tours, and download the app created by the Florida Humanities Council. With this app you can learn, at your own pace and on…

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Haunted Landmarks in St. Augustine

By Kara Franker Did you know that St. Augustine is one of America's most haunted cities? It's probably because the city has a colorful history dating back nearly 450 years. Step back into time into the nation's oldest city and explore a few haunted landmarks. St. Augustine Lighthouse The…

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