Castillo de San Marcos
Photographers love this kind of weather! Here we see Baluarte de San Pedro --- St. Peter’s Bastion --- and one of the Castillo’s resident Spanish mortars. Save for the modern floor, the informational marker, and the “do not enter” sign, this could be a photo from the past (if, of course, they’d had cameras in the colonial era). And please, folks, don’t ignore the “keep out” signs. They’re there for a reason! The lighter-colored coquina blocks you see along the wall replaced blocks that were crumbling due to age and handling. The Castillo is over 330 years old and needs to be treated with care.
Fountain of Youth
Picturesque without even trying: Not only is the Fountain of Youth entrance a classy design, with plenty of colors, native coquina pillars, and the lovely (and intriguing) “resurrection ferns” on either side, but there’s even a little strand of iconic Spanish moss hanging from the coat of arms in the center of the arch. I highly encourage folks who think this is a “kitschy” tourist attraction to wander the grounds and take in the natural beauty and history. This has long been one of my favorite places to visit in St. Augustine, and I certainly don’t go for the water!
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