From Jacksonville, one of the largest consolidated cities with nearly 850 square miles, to St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest continually settled city, the northeast region is a fascinating blend of natural wonders and laid-back lifestyles.
Jacksonville, perfectly positioned along the Atlantic Ocean in northeast Florida, is a natural paradise for visitors looking for an affordable yet luxurious destination. Whether you are looking to discover the undiscovered, ignite romance, reconnect with family, or be inspired by the city’s cultural offerings or vivid sunrises, anything is possible in Jacksonville.
The "River City by the Sea" boasts more than 20 miles of wide and uncrowded beaches, close to 40 miles of the tranquil Intracoastal Waterway canal, and the longest stretch of the beautiful St. Johns River.
St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest continuously settled city, was founded in 1565, 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock and 52 years after Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon first laid sight on this shore.
St Augustine boasts a plethora of historically significant structures, perhaps none as famous as Castillo de San Marcos, built between 1672 and 1695. The fort guards Matanzas Bay, and cannons often boom as guides in period costume describe the structure’s unique coquina walls. Seminole Indian Chief Osceola was among the prisoners of war held here, and it was later occupied by Union soldiers during the Civil War.
Today, St. Augustine celebrates its storied past amid contemporary restaurants and lodging. Railroad pioneer Henry Flagler, who built a line from Jacksonville to Key West and is credited with putting Florida squarely on the tourism map, originally envisioned the city as a winter resort. He established fine hotels and contributed to the building of several churches.
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