St. Augustine is one of Florida’s most romantic honeymoon locations, and it’s a beautiful place to visit. The winding cobblestone alleys, quaint cafés, and an ancient wooden schoolhouse all exude an old-world, European charm.
Take a horse-and-buggy trip through Castillo de San Marcos, visit one of the town’s museums, or mingle with residents costumed in period garb. It’s difficult not to be enamored with this unusual surroundings.
Saint Augustine’s Anglican parish has been celebrating the 400th anniversary of the birth of Saint Augustine, in what would be the first 20 years of his life, from his birth in 386 to 593. The celebration includes a week-long festival featuring a variety of events, including church services and weekend retreats.
It is generally accepted that the earliest settlements in North America were made by Native Americans of the area. The name, St. Augustine, comes from the Spanish word for “holy” as it was a Franciscan monastery built as a place to escape harsh winters. However, in early 1628, Spain took possession of the land, and when St. Augustine became a part of the new kingdom of Florida, it was named San Agustin.