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St. Augustine
- Romantic Inns

By Patricia Mack

The St. Augustine Skyline
The St. Augustine Skyline

Love is in the air in St. Augustine, America's oldest continuously occupied European city on Florida's "The First Coast." St. Augustine's heart beats with a gentler tempo moderated by glistening coastal waters, narrow pathways and boundless opportunity for enchantment. Founded in 1565, its history is rich, carefully preserved and brought home by such delights as the clip-clop of horses' hooves as they pull flower-strewn carriages through narrow streets; a sip of water from the purported Fountain of Youth; and light streaming through the Louis Comfort Tiffany windows at the once renowned Ponce De Leon Hotel. Aside from fine little restaurants, centuries-old homes, many museums large and small, and even a fort, St. Augustine is home to a number of charming, quiet inns where romance abounds:

Bayfront Marin House Bed and Breakfast Inn

Casablanca Inn

Inn on Charlotte Street

St. Francis Inn

The Westcott House

Charming art galleries
Charming art galleries

How to get there: Commercial airports in Jacksonville, Daytona and Gainesville serve St. Augustine. The airports in Jacksonville and Daytona are about an hour away, the one in Gainesville, an hour and a half. The city has a small private airport as well. St. Augustine can be reached by car from north and south via US Route 95.

The sun sets over St. Augustine
The sun sets over St. Augustine

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