Sometimes you don’t need to go far to visit an historical place full of mystery, monuments, stories, great food and beautiful views. San Augustine is the perfect spot for a fun weekend. Is a small city that once was a Spanish colony situated in the northeastern region of the U.S state of Florida?
It was founded 1565 by Spanish explorer and admiral Pedro Menendez de Aviles. It is the first and oldest Spanish colony in Florida.
San Augustine is a territory surrounded by water and you can still visit the Spanish castle, the port and also the Lions Bridge to cross to the other side and observe the lighthouse constructed in 1874. The lighthouse allows you to see the entire old house, the church and the College, which is still functioning.
You may also want to walk through the little stores of the town. The street offers a variety of special objects from that time and other souvenirs. The main street, called ‘Sevilla’ because of his founders has typical Spanish food and amazing coffee shops.
On the other side of the island you can rest in a beach while enjoying a ‘mojito’ or Spanish wines imported directly from the South of Spain.
It is a great opportunity to know how both cultures interact and find a quite place to enjoy a weekend far from the big cities and responsibilities.
It is also a land of artist and poets; people were inspired with the nature and the quite town that still has his mysterious story.
It is approximately two hours by car from Gainesville and you will not regret this trip.
Here are some other places you might want to visit while your time there.
Enjoy and relax!