Castillo de San Marcos
Shown above is the terreplein between the watchtowers of San Carlos Bastion (seen at left) and San Agustín Bastion (out of view at right). The large bell-tower of San Carlos actually has its own name – San Marcos. Matanzas Bay and the Usina Bridge to Vilano Beach also make an appearance. I couldn’t have asked for a better sky, as weather in St. Augustine is often hit-or-miss: one day beautifully blue and 75 degrees, the next chilly with tornado warnings. (I’ve experienced both, and, not surprisingly, much prefer the former).
Fountain of Youth Park
As I’m sure I’ve said, visiting the “actual” fountain at the Fountain of Youth Park is one of the most kitschy things to do in St. Augustine, but you *must* do it, if not for the supposed health benefits than just to say you did. The park has so much to offer that this is, pardon the pun, a drop in the bucket. The fountain is set up rather nicely with colorful plants and a nice wooden barrier, and if you look closely you can see the so-called youth water dripping down in a crystal stream. No, it doesn’t taste good, but try it. Even if you don’t get any younger you’ll still have the memories.
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