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St. Augustine Historical Walk Professional Review and Guide
"St. Augustine is unique among Florida attractions. It has no thrill rides, no audio-animatronic robots, and no theme parks. Instead, it is an entire community devoted to a single subject, the reconstruction of the first permanent Colonial Spanish town in America. St. Augustine is a kind of Williamsburg South, a collection of authentically restored buildings where people in costume explain and demonstrate Spanish life of the 1700s. Special Attractions: A five-block restored Spanish settlement and the largest Spanish fort in the Continental US."
--M. Timothy O'Keefe, Hiking Florida (Falcon Guides).
St. Augustine is a nice, but somewhat touristy, sort of place. Although nothing like the tourist traps of central Florida, it is still a vacation destination, and caters to that crowd. In essence, though, it more resembles the tourist towns of the 50's and 60's, than today's multi-media, full immersion experiences. It is refreshing to find the slower pace of a old fashioned tourist town, especially in Florida, which is not known for that kind of thing. The architecture is fascinating, and if you get to the center of town early enough, you'll find plenty of parking. Good luck later in the day though. The shops and museums are interesting and you could easily spend a day or two wandering.
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