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Since 2012 St. Augustine Has Received The Following Distinctions:

Top 50 Yachting Town (Yachting Magazine #45),
5 Great Unknown Places to Retire (USA Today #2),
10 Best Small Towns in America {Fodor's #4),
Home of the Best Courses You Can Play Golf (TPC Sawgrass by GolfWeek),
Best 20 Small Towns to Visit in 2013 {Smithsonian Magazine #3),
12 Best Kid-Friendly Destinations (Budget Travel #12),
One of Seven Affordable Destinations in the World (Fodor's $4),
Home to one of the 12 Most Beautiful Churches in America (Memorial Presbyterian Church by Budget Travel),
Top 20 World's Must See Places in 2013 (Nat Geo #17),
Top 10 Place in the World to View Holiday Lights (Nat Geo #10 and Reuters News Group #9).

Oldest City One of Only Two American Destinations Selected!
ST. AUGUSTINE NAMED A TOP 10 DESTINATION BY AMERICAN EXPRESS

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (Sept. 8) St. Augustine has been named by American Express as one of the ten “surprising, exciting, and cutting-edge places” in the world where Americans can enjoy one of their favorite travel pastimes.

A survey of American Express cardholders revealed that 87 percent selected vacation destinations based on their personal interests. The top ten interests named were culinary, family events, music, fitness and exercise, education/learning, history, the arts, wine/champagnes, fashion/shopping and sporting events. American Express then selected ten “unexpected’ destinations worldwide where these interests could be enjoyed. Their history recommendation was St. Augustine, Florida.

American Express said: “Not many history buffs would consider St. Augustine, Florida their ultimate destination. However, this city celebrated its 400th birthday back in 1965. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, it is where the nation’s first schools, hospitals and banks were built. St. Augustine lays claim to the first European birth in the New World and is the oldest town plan in the United States. It was here where the first Thanksgiving actually took place, not at Plymouth Rock.”

St. Augustine was one of only two American destinations to make the list. The other was Virginia’s wine country. The other recommendations made by American Express were: Culinary –Vietnam; Family Events – Lake Garda, Italy; Music – Iceland; Fitness and Exercise – Madagascar; Education/Learning – Kerala, India; The Arts – Beirut, Lebanon; Fashion/Shopping – Durban, South Africa; and Sporting Events – camel racing in the United Arab Emirates.

The American Express selection is the latest in a series of travel-related accolades recently bestowed on St. Augustine – a city of only 12,000 residents located on the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida. In August, ABC’s “Good Morning America” in conjunction with Travel + Leisure magazine, named St. Augustine as their number one pick for a place where Americans could feel like they were in Europe – without the cost of actually going to Europe. In June, USA Today selected St. Augustine as one of their ten recommended American destinations where visitors don’t need a car to enjoy their visit.

Bask in the sun, surf during the day, step back into history at night. The oldest city in the United States offers days of sight seeing activities from the Oldest Fort, the Oldest School, the Spanish Quarter, Flagler Museum, historic churches, The Fountain of Youth, Ripley’s Believe It Or Not to an Alligator Farm. You can ride a tram from location to location, and then relax in one of the numerous restaurants or cafes located throughout the Historic District. Shops and galleries abound!
For the sports minded visit the new World Golf Village/Golf Hall of Fame. The area also offers boating, deep-sea fishing, golf (from miniature to PGA), kayaking, horseback riding, tennis, bicycling, jet skiing and great surfing. Professional sports are within a short car ride.

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