Castillo de San Marcos
Palm tree shadows on a 350-year-old wall. Yep, this is heaven. Equally pleasant is getting here so early that you’re just about the only person wandering the grounds (I highly recommend it). This is San Agustín Bastion, constructed in the 1680s and guarding the tenacious town of St. Augustine ever since. This is the only small tower you’re allowed to walk inside, and offers great views of the bay, the terreplein, and the eastern outerworks.
I was recently sobered by a walk along the Fort Matanzas nature trail, which showed many downed and rotting trees that seemed to be victims of the devastating Hurricane Matthew. This scene, though, is untouched, and shows the natural beauty of this secluded area. Watch out for oyster shells (yes, there’s actually a sign that states this), rattlesnakes, sea turtles, and marsh rabbits. If they’re not interested in saying hi, feel free to take a nice long walk.
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