Castillo De San Marcos: Bastion of Saint Augustine

On your "Things to Do" list in Saint Augustine, visiting the oldest masonry fort in the continental United States should easily make the top five. Of the few vestiges left over from North America's colonial roots, Castillo De San Marcos (est. 1672) is a long-lasting relic that offers a glimpse into the life of the settlers that built and manned the fort over three-hundred years ago. Located just over a hundred yards off of Florida's A1A Scenic and Historic Coastal Highway, the fort serves…

Coastal Restaurants: Pizza Alley’s, St. Augustine

Don't be fooled by the narrow entrance; this unique 2-in-1 Italian restaurant has plenty of space.   Pizza Alley's is an Italian restaurant catering to the tourists of St. Augustine like none other. Nestled in between St. George Street and Charlotte Street in the historic district of St. Augustine, Florida, this two-sided restaurant offers casual booth seating on the St. George side for those looking for pizza and soft drinks, or you can opt for a more serious selection of Italian specialties in…

3 Things to Check Before Visiting Saint Augustine, Florida

Saint Augustine, Florida is the oldest city in the United States, so naturally it's a must-see for the history buff in all of us. Founded by the Spanish in 1565, the city is famous for its centuries-old national monuments, colonial-era buildings, and cobblestone streets meandering between various shops, restaurants, and churches. Unfortunately, there are some colonial-era attributes of Saint Augustine that don't quite coalesce well with 21st century conveniences - like where to park an SUV on a busy Saturday. That's why…

Coastal Restaurants: Marché Burette, Amelia Island

If you ever find yourself wondering around north Florida's Amelia Island and looking for a good place to stop and grab lunch, there are dozens of restaurants to choose from. While trying to avoid the obvious tourists traps and oceanfront restaurants that cater to dinner guests, it can be hard to find a great lunchtime meal at a reasonable price. We decided to stop by a market that caters to the breakfast and lunchtime crowd only, Marché Burette at Omni's…

Harbor Sunset

  The setting sun casts a variety of warm colors across the waters making up Jekyll Harbor every clear evening. Boats from all over the world are regulars at the Jekyll Island Harbor Marina, a convenient pit stop for sailors looking to take a break from the Atlantic for a night or two. Jekyll's premier marina, Jekyll Harbor caters to boaters' needs by providing a fully enclosed storage facility, high-grade gasoline and diesel for marine craft, water, cable and Wi-Fi access for dock users, and…

Indian Mound: A Rockefeller’s Winter Retreat

While we're not sure where the Rockefellers are spending their winters these days, around a hundred years ago it was a no-brainer: at Indian Mound Cottage, nestled on a little-known island off the coast of Georgia. Jekyll Island was the wintertime retreat for William Rockefeller and company, and Indian Mound was their home away from home. Indian Mound Cottage remains a symbol of American opulence enjoyed by the wealthiest oil tycoons, bankers and businessmen during the early 1900s. The three-story cottage, originally built in 1892…

An Afternoon at South Jekyll Island

If you're looking for a little peace and quiet while visiting Jekyll Island, St. Andrews picnic area is a great place to spend a pleasant afternoon. [caption id="attachment_17" align="aligncenter" width="660"] St. Andrews Park at South Jekyll Island, Georgia[/caption] Located on the southern tip of Jekyll Island, St. Andrews offers panoramic views across Jekyll Sound toward Brunswick and abroad from a convenient location that's easy to get to via bike, vehicle, or on foot. This portion of the island receives minimal traffic year-round, with tourists spending most…