St. Augustine, Florida's, claim to fame is that it's the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental United States founded by Europeans. The city was originally founded in 1565 and served as a Spanish military outpost. A large amount of the architecture today reflects that Spanish heritage. St. Augustine's historic downtown features many examples of Spanish Colonial architecture. Nearby, the Castillo de San Marcos National Monument is the oldest masonry fort in the United States, an excellent attraction to visit, and within walking distance of St. Augustine's downtown.

Visitors coming to St. Augustine and locals living in historic district will find a bustling downtown with a lot of activity. During the day, the streets are filled with shoppers and the restaurants are filled with customers. Trolleys circle around the area giving guests a colorful tour of the city. At night, the St. Augustine is hopping as well with plenty of nightlife and restaurants. And if you want to combine night life with history, numerous ghost tours are given of the area.

Downtown St. Augustine is centered along St. George Street, a pedestrian only thoroughfare where no cars are allowed. Be careful crossing the side streets though as cars can travel along those. Other businesses can be found on the side streets such as Hypolita Street and Cuna Street. If you continue south along St. George, you'll eventually hit Cathedral Place and King Street where other shops and restaurants are located particularly around the large Casa Monica Hotel. Just past this is historic Aviles Street, a quaint neighborhood with cobblestone streets that provides a quiet alternative to St. George Street. It still has plenty of shops, galleries, cafes, and historic sites and although it can sometimes be missed by visitors, it is highly recommended.

Historic Downtown