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History, Beaches and Great Restaurants – St Augustine, Florida

Certainly Florida is known for its tourist destinations – Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Key West and Tampa all immediately come to mind.  But have you heard of or visited Saint Augustine?  
Saint Augustine was founded on September 8, 1565, 42 years prior to the founding of Jamestown and 55 years before that of Plymouth, so in American terms this is ancient!  The Spanish admiral and Florida's first governor, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés named the settlement "San Agustín", as his ships first sighted land in Florida on August 28, 1565, the feast day of St. Augustine.  The famous Castillo de San Marcos makes a wonderful tour where you can learn about the Spanish, British and American forces that occupied this northeastern Florida fort over the last several centuries. 
If beaches are for you, then St Augustine is certainly worth visiting.  With over 40 miles of beaches you have a tremendous choice.  The area is also known to be great for beginning surfers.  There are plenty of surf shops and local instructors to get you up on a board to enjoy the waves. 
After a busy day of sightseeing or on the beach, visit the old town of St Augustine.  There are plenty of historical buildings and a great atmosphere for casual shopping or simply strolling through the town.  With over 400 restaurants in the area, you are also spoilt for choice – our recommendation is to enjoy the local seafood. 
We are pleased to share with you a testimonial from Steve #1032 during his recent visit to St Augustine while staying in IVHE Property #0373:
Overall property review:  The house was absolutely amazing (and this is coming from somebody who lives in a rotating house).  Spacious, clean, cozy, with all the amenities, our intergenerational family (Grandparents, my wife & I, and our toddler) had space when we needed it, but could come together to one of 4 dining areas both indoors & outdoors.  The close proximity to the beach meant that we woke up to ocean views every day and when the weather wasn't exactly "beach-like" we could spend time in the jacuzzi & pool on the property.  The house was well appointed and the elevator was a luxurious bonus. :-)
Was the property description accurate?  The property description was accurate.
Was communication good with the owner?  Ashley (the host member), provided us with many helpful tips for exploring beautiful St. Augustine and was very attentive.

Were there any unique local activities not to be missed?  We really enjoyed downtown St. Augustine, the Alligator Farm, and definitely the beach in front of the house!
How was your experience with the IVHE trade coordinating team?  Jacque (the IVHE Trade Coordinator) was great to deal with & put in a lot of time & effort to find properties which we would be interested in.  Communication was prompt & courteous.
Anything else you would like to share? The gated community was well kept and within immediate access to groceries, pharmacy, bank, liquor store, restaurants, & more.
Thank you Steve, glad you and your family had a great time.  To view IVHE homes in Florida simply click here


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