Wednesday, November 16, 2011

St Augustine, FL.

 We left Crestview and made a leisurely trek across northern FL. to the Country's Oldest City, St Augustine. We found a nice RV Park just outside of town so were here for a couple of days.

 Of course the first order of business was to check out the beach and get the infamous "US" picture. The beaches here, sure are different from the panhandle gulf coast beaches. Crushed shell type sand versus the snow white sand of the gulf coast.

 Next it was on to the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument.  Construction started in 1672 making it the fortress one of the oldest standing structures in North America. The fortress was built by the Spanish to protect the bay at St Augustine.

 It's a very well preserved structure and as always, the National Park Service has done a great job.

 Once we finished up touring the fort, we took a quick driving tour around town and then over the bay bridge to check out the St Augustine Lighthouse.

We checked out the Lighthouses Welcome Center and Gift Shop, but decided not to do the tour. It's pretty pricey and Sheryl wasn't sure she'd make it to the top. We were able to walk around the grounds though and get some nice pictures.
Only having the day to check out the town, we just hit the high points. The Old Town part is really interesting to see if you can look past the thousands of tourist shops and eatery's inhabiting all the old buildings. We'll come back again one day when we have more time to explore. We've had a good time here, but tomorrow it's off again and headed south.

1 comment:

wheelingit said...

Looks like a great spot! We missed this last year on our FL tour. We'll have to add it onto next year when we go back.