What better time to hit the beach than after a long, cold winter? We just got back from St. Augustine, Fl., the nation’s oldest city. It was founded in 1565, 42 years before Jamestown was colonized and 55 years before the Pilgrim’s landed at Plymouth Rock. Originally planned in the late 1600′s by then Governor Gonzalo Méndez de Canzo, the Spanish influence is felt throughout all of old town — from the narrow streets to the balconied houses. Of course the Spanish had been in Florida for awhile before this – Juan Ponce de Leon is credited with “discovering” Florida in 1513.
Living in the moment and not so much into history? St. Augustine is on the Intracoastal Waterway and boasts great water sports – kayaking, sailing, parasailing to name a few. And — there are 43 miles of pristine beaches. Oh, yeah. Sun, surf, surfing, frisbee, beach biking, skin baking, seashell hunting, sandcastle building. What are you waiting for?
Looking for a great beach read while you’re there?
Next Summer by Hailey Abbott
Heart of Glass by Zoey Dean