St. Augustine is a city in the North-Eastern region of Florida in the United States. Founded on September 8, 1565, by the Spanish, St. Augustine has been continuously inhabited since then. The city was founded by Pedro Menendez de Aviles, who was also elected the first governor. He gave the city the name San Agustin because his men first spotted land from their ships eleven days before, on August 28, which is the feast day of St. Augustine.
Fun facts about St. Augustine
St. Augustine experiences humid subtropical climates, so you can leave your winter clothes at home. The warm and sunny climate makes every day a good day to go to the beach and enjoy the warm sandy beaches.
The city has a total population of 12,975 as of 2010.
Attraction sites in St. Augustine
• The oldest masonry fortification built in the United States is Castillo De San Marcos. Inside, you’ll find numerous rooms that once served as the home to war prisoners and soldiers. Although it was declared a national monument in 1924, it was only completed in1965.
• The current Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine building was built between 1793 and 1797. It was declared a National Historic Landmark on April 15, 1970. The church’s congregation is the oldest in the United States, initiated in 1565.
• Fort Matanzas National monument was built in 1742 to protect St. Augustine from British attack. The monument also protects plant and animal species growing on 300 acres of land in the marshy Florida coat. In 1924, the United States government restored the fort and transformed it into a national monument.
• The sandy beaches of St. Augustine are a must-visit. The small town of Anastasia island in St. Augustine is one of the best places to enjoy a nice relaxing sunny afternoon on the beach. It has spectacular ocean views and is a favorite chill spot for most tourists.