Senior Travel to St Augustine

May 3rd, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, also holds the distinction of being one of the nation’s most charming. Known as the “Ancient City,” Saint Augustine is located between North East and Central East Florida and is convenient to Jacksonville, Orlando, and Daytona airports.

St. Augustine today is an historic city of 12,000 residents, with tourism as the mainstay of it’s economy. Its many historical sites, miles of Atlantic coast beaches, amenities, excellent fishing, and location along the Intracoastal Waterway all contribute to bringing nearly 2 million visitors each year. Much of its rich history has been preserved and is the foundation for tours, boat cruises, and museums. There are more than 50 attractions and historic sites. The vicinity of St. Augustine was first explored in 1513 by Spanish explorer and governor of Puerto Rico who claimed the region for the Spanish crown.

St. Augustine offers eateries from cafes and pubs to four-star dining, and many boutiques and gift shops. There are established neighborhoods in the downtown area, with a number of buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. On the edge of town there are malls, retail centers and a mile-long St. Augustine Outlet Center. St Augustine is a great center for the arts. It hosts many live music events and is home to theater and film organizations. The area has a very wide and varied music scene. 

The St. Augustine art scene is always bustling. The city hosts tons of live music and is home to theater and film organizations, as well as dozens of art galleries and the first Friday Art Walk. Flagler College frequently hosts gallery openings, welcoming the public in to see work exhibited by the fine art students. The area has a very wide and varied music scene. Many kinds of music can be heard live there. From country and western to rhythm and blues to jazz, rock, folk, bluegrass, classical, you name it, it’s there. Live bands can be heard at numerous venues dotted around downtown St. Augustine and Anastasia Island. Virtual Tours are a great means to “get the feel” prior to setting foot in the city. The 3-D Tour of the Old Fort of Castillo de San Marcos is awesome.

A hotel and restaurant guide with many links provide a good variety of choices for senior visitors. The St. Augustine Visitor’s Guide is designed to help visitors and residents plan for a long relaxing vacation, weekend getaway or just a day of fun in the nation’s oldest city. Explore the St. Augustine Visitor’s Guide where you will find all the information you need on attractions, local beaches, parks, hotels, bed and breakfasts, resorts, restaurants, shops, and galleries. YouTube has many videos to share on this fascinating city. And lastly old reliable Trip Advisor will fill in any blanks on Saint Augustine. Enjoy the weather there too.  jeb



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