Our 450 Year Legacy

On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menendez de Aviles claimed St Augustine and La Florida for Spain, creating the oldest and continuously occupied European settlement in the United States. In the past 450 years, St Augustine has been invaded by the British, was burned down by pirates, housed prisoners in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, is deeply rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, became a centerpiece for archaeological excavations, and now stands as an historical monument to the very beginnings of what is now the United States of America.

Today, you’ll find plenty to do in and around the Nation’s Oldest City. Explore museums full of artifacts, walk along the hallowed grounds of the Mission Nombre de Dios and the Fountain of Youth, take a boat ride to experience St Augustine’s diverse ecosystem, shop along streets lined with structures built in the 1700s, dine out, play golf, go fishing, or bask on the beach. Whatever your pleasure, you are sure to find it on the Ancient Coast. Talk to one of our reservationists today about visiting America’s Oldest City and enjoying the vacation of a lifetime.