Anastasia State Park
I happen to love history and travel to St. Augustine for that reason, but if beachside merriment is your cup of tea, St. Augustine’s still got you covered. Between Ponte Vedra, Vilano Beach, St. Augustine Beach, and Anastasia State Park, sun-worshipers are never far from the sand and surf. This photo was taken at Anastasia State Park. Since the ocean was a bit wild (and it was chilly outside; yes, this happens quite frequently in Florida!), there weren’t many people around, which made for some prime photography.
Mission Nombre de Dios
The well-manicured grounds of Nombre de Dios beautifully showcase the tropical splendor of natural Florida. Nestled among palms, benches, a gazebo, old grave markers, religious monuments, and decorative fountains, the Spanish-style mission is a center of serenity. The current mission is only about a century old; it replaced older missions which unfortunately didn’t stand the test of time. If you go inside, don’t forget to check out the sacred décor and the stained glass windows. Chances are you’ll have the place to yourself, leaving you free to reflect, or, if that’s not your thing, just to relax and enjoy the ambiance.
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