Tour of St Augustine, Florida: America’s Oldest City |

Take a peek around St. Augustine. It’s such a treasure! This charming city is simply full of surprises like cool concerts under the trees and breezy restaurants with sparkling lights.

Welcome to the nation’s oldest city. Sweet shops, pizza joints, and sangria bars, oh my! You can’t count the number of places for a romantic toast around here. The Castillo de San Marcos is one of the most unique monuments in our national park system. It’s the oldest masonry fort in the continental U.S. and one of only two in the world built out of an unusual form of limestone called coquina. Just over the stately Bridge of Lions, you’ll find bohemian Anastasia Island with its beautiful coastlines, expansive beaches, and rolling waves.

This castle is seriously awesome. It’s a citadel, which means it’s like a star-shaped formation. This would have been important to protect from pirates like I said. Sir Francis Drake did come here, raiding all the gold ships that came from Mexico and Panama from Peru. This would have been a really important spot pinching off those shipments of gold treasure as they were headed to the Old World. What a view. It’s so cool, honestly. As a historian and a history nerd, pretty incredible. It’s a little bit late for coffee, but, honestly, this could be the cutest coffee shop I’ve ever seen in my life.

A jaunt at the lighthouse steps, all 219 of them, is rewarded with a majestic view of both sea and shore. And the Maritime Museum down below hosts a bevy of cool archaeological finds with enough technology to keep the kids enthralled. Seafood is a staple in most restaurants here, and you can never miss with a scrumptious shrimp dish. Open air spots like Sunset Grille on A1A are favorites of both visitors and locals alike.

This beautiful and diverse area of Northeast Florida is full of personality. Plan a visit when you’re looking for history, culture, and a few days of magic.

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Augustine, Florida, is the oldest, continuously inhabited European settlement in the United States of America. It’s a beautiful place with a crazy story that goes something like this…..

As we all know, in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean. But on his second voyage, he came with a conquistador named Ponce de Leon. Ponce de Leon became the governor of Puerto Rico. The problem was that position was promised to Columbus’ son. So he set off on a quest for new lands in the name of glory, gold, and god, and supposedly the fountain of youth.

But instead of the fountain of youth, he discovered this land, which he called La Florida and well as the gulf stream, an ocean current that cut two weeks off the return voyage to Spain, making Florida crucial in protecting Spanish gold and treasure from pirates. But St Augustine wasn’t founded until 1565 when the Spanish returned only to find other Europeans, French Protestants known as Heugonots.

When they refused to convert or kneel to the Catholic king of Spain, they were slaughtered, making the blue waters run red, giving the name to the bay in front of St Augustine, La Bahia de las Matanzas, or the Bay of Slaughter. St Augustine became the capital of Spanish Florida for 200 years, during which time it was raided by the feared pirate, Sir Francis Drake, before being seceded to the English, then the Americans, making it the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the United States of America.[/expand] 



Florida Travel: Key Largo to Key West: Best of the Keys


For this post, we start in Key Largo and make our way all the way down to Key West, as we share with you some of our greatest memories of filming in the Florida Keys. But first up, we go to Key Largo, and take you on an undersea petting zoo adventure. You are  going to love it. Something we call the creature feature. One of the best dives in the area is Captain Slate’s Creature Feature. He and his underwater pets have entertained divers for over 30 years. Over the years, Captain Slate has made a name for himself by his extreme, and some would say bizarre, a method of feeding these creatures. (light music) On our descent to the bottom, I was amazed at how quickly the fish gathered once they saw Captain Slate was coming. What an experience to be so close to these spectacular fish. The main event of the creature feature would be watching Captain Slate feed Psycho the barracuda. I do want to stress not to try this on your own, as Captain Slate has been feeding in this area for over 30 years, and has developed a rapport with these creatures.

The dive lasts about 30 minutes at 40 feet down. So it’s a great experience for beginning divers.

That is because, even though the Florida Keys is technically a part of Florida, it just looks and feel like a whole other place down here. It’s an absolute Mecca for fishing, water sports, and a cool, laid-back lifestyle like nowhere else in the Sunshine State. Experiencing the Florida Keys is one of my favorite ways to do Florida.


We are also going to reveal our top 10 things to do in Key West.

Number 10, Southernmost Point.

You know make the line, take the picture, get it out of the way. You know it’s not really the Southernmost Point, right?

Number 9, Mile Marker 0 of US-1.

Unlike Southernmost Point, this truly mile marker zero of US-1, the longest north-south road in the United States. The other end at Fort Kent, Maine, right by the border with Canada. It does get a little colder up there.

Number 8, Truman’s Little White House.

Trump has Mar-a-lago, Kennedy had his Palm Beach estate, Reagan had is ranch in Santa Barbara, and Truman, well Truman had The Little White House in Key West. Fascinating history happened in this place and don’t even thing about taking out your camera. Photography is forbidden because even to this day, it is an official presidential residence.

Number 7, Hemingway’s House.
One of the first houses on the island to have indoor plumbing, a second-floor bathroom with running water, or a state of the art swimming pool, for that matter. It is also the place where the “Snows of Kilimanjaro” and “To Have and Have Not” were written. See the polydactyl cats? They’re direct descendants of Hemingway’s felines. This was the writer’s home during his 30s when he used to frequent nearby Sloppy Joe’s pretty much daily as the story goes.

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Number 6, go bar hopping in Duval Street if that is your thing. Whether it is the Bull and Whistle Bar, the clothing-optional Garden of Eden on the top floor, Sloppy Joe’s, Captain Tony’s which was the original location of Sloppy Joe’s, the Smallest Bar, well there are too many to mention here. Please drink responsibly or not.

Number 5, eat some conch and seafood.

There are a plethora of good restaurants in the Conch Republic and I’m going to recommend any in particular because honestly, most of them are really good.

Number 4, see a festival.

Be it Fantasy Fest or Lobster Fest, whatever you’re in to, it is guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

Number 3, Sunset Cruise.

It is a cliché, but it is incredibly romantic and lots of fun especially if you go on the one that has the open bar. Talking about cruising,

Number 2, visit Dry Tortugas National Park.

A hop on the ferry or take the seaplane either to see historic Fort Jefferson or snorkel around the moat wall or just to be at this beautiful, remote archipelago.

Number 1, Mallory Square Sunset Celebration.

Nothing says Key West as much as joining the crowds and street performers at this daily tradition here in the Conch Republic. While you are there, have a Mojito in my name at the outdoor bar at El Meson de Pepe, listening to salsa music as the sun sets. And that’s my top ten. I know you can also go to a beach, although none of them are great.

Do some snorkeling, boating, kayaking, but none of those things are unique to Key West. Okay, if you must go to a beach, Honorable Mention, the beach at Fort Zachary is Key West’s best-kept secret. Now, what is your top ten? Did I miss anything? Do comment below. (island music) If you have enjoyed traveling with us, make sure you’re subscribed. Check out my other videos. Also, share it with your friends, spread the word, and leave me a comment. Now, if you really, really liked it, you have a chance to show your support at As always, thank you so much for watching and see you on the road.