History comes to life here, where on any given day, you will find guides dressed in old- world costumes, weaving you through the sites of the town.
Some of St. Augustine's most popular landmarks include the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, a living history museum which interprets life in colonial, St. Augustine circa 1740; the Fountain of Youth Discovery Park, where it is said Ponce de Leon sought everlasting youth and the Mission of Nombre de Dios, where Pedro Menendez de Aviles first set foot on Florida's shore in 1565. Still other landmarks include the Ponce de Leon and Alcazar Hotels built by Standard Oil magnate, Henry Flagler in the late 19th Century. Today those grand Victorian structures house Flagler College, St. Augustine City Hall and Lightner Museum. The original 1888 Casa Monica Hotel has been restored into a luxury hotel and provides world-class accommodations in downtown St. Augustine. The city has more than 50 attractions, historic sites and points of interest.
Shopping in St. Augustine is a buyer's delight with boutiques, unique gift shops, antique stores and museums waiting to be discovered on nearly every downtown street.
St. Johns County has something for everyone. Whether you're looking forward to a relaxing day at the beach, a history lesson come to life, or a day exploring the shops of Old St. George Street.
Living in St. Augustine one enjoys exploring the historic streets and attractions of downtown St. Augustine, lounging on the beautiful beaches of St. Augustine, Vilano and Ponte Vedra. and find plenty of shopping and entertainment to spark most everyone's attention. Residents and visitors to St. Augustine enjoy scores of celebrations and events all year long. From the Great St. Johns County Fair in the spring, to the acclaimed holiday season Nights of Lights, to a handful of festivals and historic tributes sprinkled in between. Mother Nature had a field day when creating St. Johns County. The forty-two miles of expansive beaches offer a natural playground for most every water enthusiast. Boating, surfing, fishing and jet-skiing are popular pastimes in St. Johns County, with several fishing tournaments drawing quite a crowd.
The golf courses of St. Johns County are world-acclaimed, luring golfers of every ability. The multi-faceted resort community of the World Golf Village, with its centerpiece World Golf Hall of Fame, calls our community home. The PGA TOUR is headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach and draws world wide attention with the annual Tournament Players Championship (TPC) at Sawgrass. The annual Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf Tournament is also played here in St. Johns County. Whatever level of skill, you will find inspiration by the professional golfers who have played the courses here and continue to do so with every passing year. The ATP (governing body for men's professional tennis) maintains an elaborate world headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach where players can practice on grand slam style courts.
Anastasia Island is home to the beautiful Anastasia State Park. The park stretches across 1,600 acres of preserved ecosystems teeming with wildlife. Visitors can participate in a variety of activities such as have access to the State Park's beach, see the Coquina Quarry, the site where coquina was mined for the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, hike or bike down winding nature trails, fish in the estuaries, take the family out for a camping trip, or even take a swim in the gorgeous Salt Run. The park provides endless opportunities to experience the Saint Augustine lifestyle.
Nestled in the heart of St. Augustine, just south of the Historic Bridge of Lions in the city's historic district, is a true treasure for anyone traveling the Intracoastal Waterway: the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
It is an ideal location that provides a picturesque and convenient harborage for both sail and power boats with a friendly and helpful staff that is on duty 24/7 year round. Fuel, oil, ice and two complimentary pump-out stations are conveniently located on the fuel dock, and the marina has clean and secure restroom/shower facilities and a laundromat.
St. Augustine Municipal Marina provides all the amenities necessary for an enjoyable stay, plus the added benefit of being located in the center of "The Nation's Oldest City." You can enjoy historic sights, four-star restaurants, home style diners, gift shops, art galleries, antique stores and one-of-a-kind attractions all just a short walk from the safe, casual environment of the St. Augustine Municipal Marina.
In 2013, Flagler College celebrated the 45th anniversary of its founding. The school is located on 19 acres, the centerpiece of which is the grand Ponce de Leon Hall, a former luxury resort hotel now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The masterpiece of Spanish Renaissance architecture was the dream of Henry Morrison Flagler, industrialist, oil magnate and railroad pioneer. Since its founding in 1968, the College has spent more than $43 million dollars restoring the historic campus and adding new buildings. The two newest buildings are a multimillion-dollar auditorium, seating nearly 800, and the technologically-advanced Proctor Library. The campus is located in the heart of beautiful St. Augustine, just four miles from the Atlantic Ocean. Flagler's 19-acre athletic field is only two miles from campus.