Historic St. Augustine Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is affectionately known as "the Nation's Oldest City." The Spanish settlement that is now the business center of St. Johns County was founded 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
Historic St. Augustine is known world wide for its historic sites and buildings. Each year, more than 40 festivals and other events are staged that bring the ambiance of the Old City to life. Many of these annual events feature re-enactments where participants are dressed in period costumes reflecting the St. Augustine of old.
St. Augustine is the gateway to 42 miles of unspoiled beaches. Our coastline is second to none and residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to drive on, park, picnic and enjoy the beach. Good wave breaks have made St. Augustine Beach a popular spot for surfing. The St. Johns County Pier is a popular gathering place for fishermen and offers a weekly Farmers Market as well.
Award-winning public schools are one reason St. Augustine and St. Johns County are one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census. The city also has a diverse economy offering a solid balance of tourism, banking, service sector and manufacturing jobs.
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