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St. Augustine, Jacksonville: 5 reviews and 18 photos

  Old Alcazar hotel-now Lightner Museum
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  • Old Alcazar hotel-now Lightner Museum - Jacksonville
      Old Alcazar hotel-now Lightner Museum
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  • Old house in Spanish Quarter - Jacksonville
      Old house in Spanish Quarter
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      St. George St is main avenue
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  • Fort San Marco - Jacksonville
      Fort San Marco
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Just to the south of the city about 25 miles is a wonderful town, which is the first founded in the US, and the oldest. Spaniards made this are defense position and built a fort at the point. Trade with Indians and later with settlers developed this town into a vibrant community. The fort defended the residents by surrounding the whole area with a high wall. Sites a plentiful in the town, and so many old buildings from the founding to about early 1800's abound. There also is a great college; Flagler, and Lightner Museum which was Alcazar hotel in late 1880's. Fort San Marco was built in 1672 by the Spanish, and enhanced over the years.

YOu could spend a couple of days here to see and tour sites, and that excludes shopping at 200-300 places, and eating at maybe 50 spots. You do have to "weed" through a lot of touristy type junk and "cruddy" things to do besides, though.

Directions: 45 minutes south of Jacksonville
Website: http://www.visitflorida.com/St_Augustine

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jun 11, 2011
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