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One of the world’s most important Christmas displays returns to the Oldest City. This year the celebration begins on November the 20th and runs until January 31st. What to expect: Millions of white Christmas lights (about 3 million) decorating the buildings, bridges and homes in Downtown St Augustine. Holiday cheer with the trolleys and carriages…

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October 1, 2021

Best things to do in St Augustine, Florida

St Augustine offers its visitors a complete menu of different things to do. Choose from tours on land or water, private or shared with other participants. Select your pace and your interest. The Old city past is so rich from the Exploration and Conquest to the Henry Flagler era and the fight for civil rights…

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May 4, 2021

African American history in St Augustine

It’s simply amazing that the tiny town of St Augustine, Florida of only 10 square miles has so much history to offer those who explore its rich past. In addition to the Exploration and Conquest era of the oldest city in the US by Spain and the Flagler era of the late eighteen hundreds, St…

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April 20, 2021

Noches de Luces

San Agustín brilla más que nunca con sus Noches de Luces Latinas By JENNIFER A. MARCIAL OCASIO EL SENTINEL ORLANDO | NOV 19, 2020 AT 6:18 PM La ciudad de San Agustín no solo es la ciudad más antigua de los Estados Unidos, sino que es una de las más mágicas y durante la época festiva rumbo a la…

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November 23, 2020

FISHNADO at St Augustine

Today one of our guests noticed several tiny dead fish around the Lightner building in St Augustine. We wondered about where they could have come from and came to the conclusion that this past weekend’s flooding must have been the culprit. Most likely as the waters receded, the fish got trapped on the sidewalk. Who…

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September 23, 2020

Oldest house in the US

Yet another hidden treasure of St Augustine, the Oldest House or Gonzalez-Alvarez House summarizes the city’s history from the first Spanish period until Florida became a US territory. Dating from 1702, the structure tells the 300 years story of the town thru its architecture.  You can tour the house, look at ancient maps in the…

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September 21, 2020

The Oldest City by foot

I may be a little biased, but the fact is that St Augustine is full of wonders. In its 10 Sq miles, this small town has so much to offer and many of the amazing landmarks are accessible by foot. From the Plaza de la Constitucion you can easily walk to the former Ponce de Leon and Alcazar hotels built by Henry Flagler; Visit a small replica of the Alhambra Castle in   Granada, Spain; See the lunch counter where the St Augustine Four incident took place in 1964; Visit what used to be the largest indoor swimming pool in the world; And see one of two existing exact replicas of Michelangelo’s David, which saves you a trip to Florence, just to name a few. There are many more places of interest waiting for you to explored. During our St Augustine…

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September 8, 2020

St Augustine Ghosts Stories

The history of St Augustine is marked by violence. Those were brutal times. There were pirates, famines, illnesses, enemies and pandemics  that would constantly threat the lives of early residents of the colony. Life must have been very tough. As a consequence, many perished in dramatic ways. This can help explain the amount of sites…

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July 8, 2020

What should we do about this?

The oldest Confederate monument in Florida, dating from 1872, is at the center of a recent controversy. The monument has been boarded up for removal and relocation but has generated protests from folks against the removal and those who would like to see it out of the Plaza. What is your opinion?  Should it stay…

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July 8, 2020

St Augustine en Español

Hola, The Spanish influence is present as you would expect throughout Spain’s first colony in the Unites States. You can see it in the architecture of the colonial houses, the diversity of the Spanish and Latin food and even the names of some of the streets.  However, like in most of the U.S., English history…

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January 29, 2020

St Augustine with children

Hi there, St Augustine is a wonderful city full of history and amazing things to experience. Naturally many attractions will focus on what took place in more than 450 years since the city was established by the Spaniards.   Conquistadors, natives, struggles but that’s not all. St Augustine, mainly due to its strategic location and…

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January 23, 2020

Sustainability West vs East

Today we had a group of college students in our Land and Sea tour among several other folks from different cities. One of them had just moved to the area from the West Coast. This person was surprised to notice that we still use plastic bags which have been banned in her previous city for…

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January 3, 2020