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St. Augustine St. Augustine was listed #4 on Travel + Leisure’s reader-selected Annual America’s Favorite Towns list. St. Augustine skyline Unparalleled history. Abundant nightlife. Amazing architecture. Eclectic dining. Boutique shopping. You’ll fi nd it all in the nation’s oldest city. A City Through the Centuries In 2015, St. Augustine celebrated its 450th anniversary—a milestone no other city in the U.S. can claim. So when we say our history is unparalleled, it’s easy to see why. The city’s historic fort, homes and brick-paved streets along with more than 60 historic sites and attractions serve as authentic reminders of a by-gone era. The architecture of historic churches, homes and hotels is stunning, making each turn through town an experience in old world charm. Bright Nights Unique nightlife History rules, but St. Augustine’s nightlife is anything but ancient. You’ll fi nd a variety of live music emanating from restaurants and taverns as you amble through the starlit city. Enjoy people watching while sipping a craft cocktail, glass of Spanish wine, delectable martini or a pint of your favorite ale in bistros, taverns and restaurants on the quaint streets. Artful Shopping During the day, peruse the boutique shops, antique and vintage stores, and shops fi lled with handcrafted and unique gifts. More than 20 galleries downtown keep art lovers on the move exploring works by local as well as internationally known artists. A Place for Romance History comes to life in old St. Augustine Romance surrounds couples as they stroll the brick streets, walk hand-in-hand along the stunning bay front, enjoy the sights in a horse and carriage or take in breathtaking views from the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse. Dining Destination The historic district’s dining options are locally owned, independent restaurants which use produce from local farms and fresh seafood served with international culinary fl air. Splendid Accommodations Lodging options range from well-appointed, historic bed and breakfast inns, to the luxurious Casa Monica Resort & Spa, a room with a view at the Hilton St. Augustine Historic Bayfront Hotel, along with other familiar favorites. 9 Guardian of the Bridge of Lions FloridasHistoricCoast.com 9