Insider’s Guide to St. Augustine, FL

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    An insider’s look into one of the oldest towns in the US, celebrating its 500 year anniversary and popular travel destination known for its Spanish colonial era buildings as well as 19th century architecture.

    Patricia Pena: We're here in historic St. Augustine, the oldest city in the US, established 500 years ago, by Spain, 50 years before the programs landed Plymouth Rock. Some even say that the first Thanksgiving meal was held right here between Spanish colonials and the local Timucua Indians where they feasted on garbanzo beans, pork, and fish.

    Today St. Augustine still providers visitors with great opportunities to experiences its rich cultural heritage. With contemporary restaurants such as Tapas and wines feature at Celler 6. The Cuban Sandwiches and lightings at Caf and you can't miss the Mexican hot chocolate popsicle created at the Hyppo.

    Here at Cafe Alcazar guys can enjoy a greatest presto coffee while admiring the beautiful Spanish-Renaissance architecture, the Latina museum, one of the city's greatest landmarks. The square in front of the museum is famous for it's celebrations and serves as the photo-ready backdrop for a new take on a revered Spanish tradition.

    St. Augustine also comes to life during the annual light of lights. For two months every winter holiday season. The entire city is lit up, creating a glittering world on like anything you have seen.

    The inspiration is Spanish tradition of lighting a white candle during the Christmas holidays. St. Augustine compliments the tradition with guided-ghost tour, gallery art rocks, historical reenactments and even a winter wonderland with ice skating and rides for the kids.

    So whether you visit one of the oldest fort in the America or live life like a pirate, take a time to visit this fascinating city and make your own treasured moments.