Plenty of places in Florida can claim history, romance
, and an air of mystery, but St. Augustine has a special edge – not just because it is America’s oldest European settlement, but because of its exotic Spanish flavor. While strolling its restoration area, listen for the whisper of history and all the passions that were played out here. In time, the Oldest City itself, tired and seedy, needed rescue. Its restoration is one of the triumphs of Florida history. For the couple in search of a romantic
weekend, St. Augustine spreads a bazaar as wide as the Casbah. Outdoors there are the beaches
, world-famous golf, tennis, fishing, boating. In the city, the history-hunting is unequaled. Sightseeing ranges from the sublime (tram and carriage tours, excursion boats, museums, the Castillo de San Marcos) to the strange (Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Museum; Potter’s Wax Museum). Few cities offer so many historic homes, some dating back to the 1700s, so your choice of bed-and-breakfast inns lets you keep coming back to St. Augustine for new discoveries time after time. The city offers numerous major festivals and events, times when history is played out with an overpowering realism. Torchlight processions, elaborate costumes, caroling by candlelight, a re-enactment of the arrival of the Europeans at an Indian village, and the re-enactment of Drake’s Raid add a rich and memorable dimension to a St. Augustine weekend. This chapter contains the most magical places to stay, the best restaurant discoveries, and the fun activities and special moments that a couple will remember forever.
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Romantic Weekends: Northern and Central Florida Guide Book