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St. Augustine Where You Can Create Your Own Love Story

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Aviles Street is home to late night fun

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. As love fills the air, try some old world charm in St. Augustine, ideal for a romantic destination or just a fun weekend away. This centuries-old town is a great getaway for those wanting a change of pace combining historical landmarks, beautiful beaches, eclectic dining, fresh seafood and locally inspired farm to table restaurants.

Try a romantic carriage ride through St. Augustine

Adventure through old neighborhoods, walk along brick-paved streets and meander down hidden alleyways. At sunset, join lovers and families as they walk the waterfront promenade from the Bridge of Lions to the Castillo de San Marcos, the centerpiece of St. Augustine’s historic district. Consider a romantic carriage ride under the stars or even a moonlit evening champagne toast at the top of the St. Augustine Lighthouse.

Chocolate covered datil peppers

For foodies, St. Augustine offers an endless selection of places to dine. Eat your way through the city’s multi-cultural history by dining on dishes with Spanish, British, French, Greek and Minorcan flavors. Many independently owned restaurants and taverns flourish in this town where you can sample the locally harvested datil pepper with its signature sweet burn, a bowl of flavorful Minorcan clam chowder and plateful of local shrimp.

Settled by Spanish explorers in 1565, the “Historic Coast” is known for its history and the charming touristy vibe. Trams circle historical landmarks as drivers regale visitors with stories noting its antiquity. Tours of every kind are available here – historic, food, wine and even ghost tours – all uncovering the layers of the town’s enduring history. You may even chance upon a random archaeologist excavating a new chapter of St. Augustine history.

Robin Draper, AuthenticFlorida, excerpt posted on SouthFloridaReporter.com, Feb. 6, 2017

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Sarasota native Robin Draper is the owner of AuthenticFlorida.com, a travel and lifestyle blog devoted to the simple and delightful pleasures for Florida living. Authentic Florida is intended to inspire discovery of the accessible, yet under-appreciated areas of the state. Draper’s lifelong passion has been discovering Florida’s genuine side – some old, some new – but most are “simple and affordable.” Authentic Florida has been recognized as the BEST Blog of the Year, and the BEST Travel Blog, and BEST Food Blog at the Florida Bloggers Conference Sunshine Awards. She was also awarded 13 Excellence-In-Craft awards by the Florida Outdoor Writers Association for her blogs, print articles and videos.