St. Augustine in Florida is the oldest city in the United States (which is where it got its nickname, "Ancient City"), and yet, it retains its image as a most charming city with a little village vibe. St. Augustine is geographically situated in between northeast and central eastern Florida. It is easily accessible from the Daytona, Orlando, and Jacksonville airports. The city’s location is ideal -- it is close to the beach, has several historic sites and natural attractions, and comes with booming dining and shopping options. The ideal climate all year round also invites tourists and residents to take a stroll and take in the magnificent view of the Florida coast.
Another factor that contributes to the sense of intimacy within the community and its residents is the fact that the city has a rather small population -- the town was recently estimated to have a population of just under thirteen thousand inhabitants. Tourists and residents alike exist peacefully side by side in St. Augustine -- in fact, it is hard to tell visitors from residents because the former are easily immersed into the sense of community and are welcomed into the city like they are part of it.
There are plenty of things to see and do while in St. Augustine, Florida. For tourists wanting to explore the rich history of the city, particularly during the days of Spanish invasion, the recommended sites include Castillo de San Marcos, Spanish Quarter Village, and the Fort Mose Historic State Park. Meanwhile, those seeking out cultural enlightenment must visit the St. Augustine Amphitheater, World Golf Hall of Fame, and the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Museum.
Tourists wanting to explore the oldest city in the nation will have several lodging options during their stay. St. Augustine hostels and accommodation options can range from budget-friendly to extravagant, which makes it easier to plan a trip beforehand based on budget preferences. Aside from the price range, a distinctive factor about hostels in St. Augustine is that each one offers a unique theme and experience for its visitors. There are downtown hostels that offer a historic and romantic stay for its guests; there are also St. Augustine hostels that provide a relaxing oceanfront view for an escape in paradise. For those who have the budget, St. Augustine also offers hotels, condos, and bed-and-breakfast options. But for those seeking out adventure, campgrounds are also plentiful in St. Augustine.
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