Photo Essay: St. Augustine, Florida

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st. augustine sunset

Four days after we said we would leave St. Augustine, we are still here. It started with excuses like “we need to go shopping,” then “we need to mail the cats’ permit applications to the Bahamas,” then “let’s look for a used spinnaker at Sailor’s Exchange,” then “we haven’t visited the fort yet”… until it became just plain, “It’s so pretty and warm. Can we stay just one more day?!”

I think the sunny weather had a lot to do with our inertia, but it also helped that St. Augustine, “the oldest continuously inhabited city in the United States,” was positively breathtaking. In a country that doesn’t really do old the way they do old in Europe, St. Augustine is an honest-to-goodness treasure well-worth visiting (or making your home).

From the moment we arrived, we were transported back to southern Spain in another century, but with hot showers and southern American comfort food, which is an addictive combination. If someone had served me chicken and waffles and mac-n-cheese every day when I lived in Seville, Spain, I just might have stayed forever.

St. Augustine only has a population of about 13,000, but you would think that half the population is involved in a festival of some kind at least once a week with the amount of parades they had during our mere week-long stay. It is, quite simply, the most adorable, tourist-friendly small town I’ve ever visited in the continental United States.

Here’s a photo essay portraying our visit:

st. augustine sunset

The sun sets on our first day in St. Augustine.

st. augustine spanish charm

The city’s colors show the Spanish charm of St. Augustine.

st. augustine street

St. Augustine’s streets are from another era.

st. augustine signs

Signposting St. Augustine’s antique beauty.

castillo de san marcos st augustine

Castillo de San Marcos: the fort that never fell.

fort matanzas st augustine

“The British are coming?”: Tasha playing sentry.

st. augustine christmas parade

The British are coming!

st. augustine christmas parade

Christmas is coming!

hells angels christmas

Even the Hells Angels celebrate Christmas.

jacksonville rollergirls

Santa’s “little” helpers arrive on rollerskates (and tug at my heart strings – my derby name used to be “Risky Chaser”).

st. augustine xmas parade

The parade was very inclusive.

thomas vesper tasha hideaway

St. Augustine was also a place to catch up with friends: Tasha with Thomas (s/v Vesper).

st. augustine bar

Dinner with Matt, an old friend from our days in Spain, and his wife Serena.

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  • Mid-Life Cruising! December 7, 2012, 5:14 pm

    I’ve lived here in Louisiana my entire life and have never made it to St. Augustine! Looks like such a great place! Glad ya’ll are having a great time.

    • Tasha December 7, 2012, 11:10 pm

      It IS a great place! You must visit sometimes. I heard a story about a cruising couple that sailed here intending just to pass through and stayed. For 15 years. I could see how that would happen!

  • danandjaye December 7, 2012, 6:28 pm

    OMG this cracked me up … the same thing happened to us. The first time we cruised through St Aug, we stayed a day. The second time, we stayed a week. The third time, we rented a slip at the city marina and stayed the entire winter. LOVED that place! Headed back in Sept. 2013.

    • Tasha December 7, 2012, 7:04 pm

      So funny. I could easily have stayed in St. Augustine for the winter…but I hear the Bahamas are pretty nice, too!

  • Jessica December 8, 2012, 10:32 am

    Great photos Ryan, I’m jealous!

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