Our guide for a mid-morning boat excursion through the tidal creeks and rivers is a professional Naturalist. In addition to Manatee and Bottlenose Dolphin, we observed numerous birds including Bald Eagles and a Snowy Egret!
We chose the Hilton due to its location on Avendia Menendez. Each of our destinations was within an easy walk. The room was a little on the pricey side, but absolutely among our favorites, well appointed, including a private balcony and a hot tub. In fact we were so comfortable, we ended up ordering room service for dinner and had lunch in the dining room. Each meal was very good. The star of the show for lunch was the mouth watering burgers.
The Castillo de San Marcos is the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States. It is built in the shape of a star and is located on the banks of Matanzas Bay.
Named fro the two carrara marble Medici Lionss Statues seated at its foot, the Bridge of Lions is among the most beautiful in Dixie. Built in 1927 and rehabilitated in 2006, the double-leaf Bascule bridge spans the Intracoastal waterway.
The charming exterior of Harry's caught our eye from across the street after a busy day. The courtyard dining with live (but not loud,) entertainment was equally as charming. Both of our meals were outstanding. We ordered the Crab Crusted Redfish Royale and Catfish Pontchartrain. We even splurged on Harry's twist on the original . . . Oreo Beignets. This was all the reason we need to return to St. Augustine as soon as possible!
Built in 1874, this light house has the first ever made, Fresnel lens. The 9-foot lens, as well as a stunning vistas, can be viewed from the top of the lighthouse after a little climb up 219 steps!
A Venture in Search of History and Nature
(We found both!)