The neighborhood of Anastasia Island is nestled against the 1,700 acres of Anastasia State Park, which is protected from development. The park has nature trails, canoe rentals and campsites. Saint Augustine Beach has beachside condominiums and 18 miles of pristine sand. You can enjoy surfing and fishing year round and stroll among shops and restaurants along the beachfront. Concerts are even held near the dunes. Marsh Creek is a private golf course community with patio homes and villas. The golf club also has a tennis program, a fitness center, and a variety of social events. The surrounding salt marshes and preserves provide miles of scenic hikes and kayaking experiences.
As the country's oldest city, Saint Augustine, Florida, has plenty of historic charm. Henry Flagler turned the town into a winter resort in the late 19th century, headquartering his Florida East Coast Railroad there. His influence can still be seen in the architecture of the buildings he constructed, such as the Ponce de Leon and the Alcazar Hotel, which are now City Hall and the Lightner Museum. Even modern homes here have adopted the Old Florida style, with wraparound verandas, an open floor plan that maximizes air circulation, and a metal roof with a cupola to allow heat to escape.SHOW MORE