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Day 1: Walk "Old City" St. Augustine at St. George St. The mainland
of the North American continent was first sighted by the Spanish
explorer and treasure hunter Don Juan Ponce de Leon on Easter, March 27, 1513.
He claimed the land for Spain and named it La Florida, meaning "Land of
Flowers". Between 1513 and 1563 the government of Spain launched six expeditions
to settle Florida, but all failed. the French succeeded in establishing a fort
and colony on the St. Johns River in 1564 and, in doing so, threatened Spain's
treasure fleets whic h sailed along Florida's shoreline returning to Spain.
Take the Old Town Trolly Tour Visit the oldest city in the United States and get
your dose of warm Florida sun and fascinating history. St. Augustine is known
for its gorgeous sandy beaches, breathtaking architecture, antiquated buildings
and its significance to the shaping of our nation.
Day 2: Relax and take in all the pristine beaches of St. Augustine. The historic
St. Augustine inlet divides two sections of coastline. To the north is a peninsula
that includes Ponte Vedra and Vilano Beach. To the south is an 18 mile-long
island known as Anastasia Island. Anastasia Island, which in places barely exceeds one-half
mile, was once the scene of numerous battles and even a massacre. But visitors
today care only about the clean, white sand and rolling waves. On the island a
state-run recreation area provides access to three miles of wide beaches and
camping facilities are within walking distance of the beach
St.Augustine Beach, which provides recreation of all sorts to include fishing from
the county pier, also has surfing, sunbathing, tennis, golf and bowling. There
is a selection of night spots to choose from for dining and dancing.
South of St. Augustine Beach are other beach areas to include Crescent Beach,
Summer Haven and the much-frequented Matanzas Inlet where fishing
and swimming are also superb. From there the city and marine
research and entertainment complex, Marineland, is just a hop, skip and jump
across the inlet bridge.
To the north of the St. Augustine Inlet, Vilano Beach also offers great fishing and
swimming as well as wonderful waterfront restaurants. Following A1A north from
Vilano one can find other beach accesses to include Guana State Park which
contains access to both the ocean and Intracoastal Waterway.
The northernmost section is Ponte Vedra Beach. Ponte Vedra, a plantation area in
early territorial years, was destroyed during the Seminole Wars of the 1830s.
The actual development of Ponte Vedra Beach as a resort community began around
1928. A log clubhouse and nine-hole golf course were built at that time and is
now the home of The Players Championship golf tournament held every spring at