Colonial St. Augustine
The Usina Bridge may traverse a single mile of road, but it travels nearly 450 years to the first continuous settlement in what was to become the continental United States, St. Augustine, predating Plymouth and Jamestown by decades. Admiral Pedro Menéndez de Avilés came ashore on August 28, 1565, the Feast Day of Saint Augustine. Eight hundred soldiers and Spanish colonists joined Menéndez at the new village. Menendez was sent by the Spanish rulers to remove the threat of foreign claims on this new territory, first claimed for his country by Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513.
28 miles: heading south on the byway.
More than two dozen bed and breakfasts, all restored homes from past centuries, plus inns, motels, restaurants and a host of historic attractions make this a must see for any visitor. Best overall parking is the city’s themed garage, located at 10 South Castillo Drive. A visitor center at the garage site has much to offer.
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29 St. George Street, St. Augustine
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Points of Interest