In Summer, St Augustine is always crowded with tourists in the historic area and I know that they are here during the hottest time of year because this is typically when most Americans and Europeans take holiday. I am thankful for those people who come to see and experience our wonderful area for the history, art galleries and the white sandy beach, etc. I have actually been asked what it is like to live in a tourist town. Honestly, it does not feel like a tourist town to me.
Locals are out enjoying the same sites as the tourists. The city takes extreme care in maintaining the beauty, safety and cleanliness year round for all to enjoy. I love our year round diversity. We have many ethic businesses open here, from Brazilian, African to Portuguese food and then so many more to mention. In the need for entertainment? We have night clubs with comedy or live music and dancing. If you like salsa, we got that. We have rock, jazz, latin, folk and pop performers every night of the week.
We have over 65 art galleries in the historic area, north of town and on the island. Not to fail to mention history. Do you know that most Americans can not tell you what is the oldest city in the US? St Augustine has that covered. We have museums scattered throughout the historic area. We have a Civil War museum, Pirate museum, Oldest house museum, the Castillo De San Marcos and we have all the 1880's structures built by the railroad tycoon, Henry Flagler. Did you know that in Flagler college's dining room, you can see the largest collection of Tiffany glass in the United States? Well worth the tour which is every day but Sunday!
Some one said I could be taking all this wonderfulness for granted after 24 years here, but I can tell you, no way. The beach changes by the hour, there are new people to meet every day and I am surrounded by simply best weather and even greater people. I love St Augustine.