Founded in 1565, St. Augustine is affectionately known as "the Oldest City." The Spanish settlement that is now the business center of St. Johns County was founded 42 years before the English colonized Jamestown and 55 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock.
St. Augustine abounds with an astounding array of historic sites and buildings. Each year, more than 40 festivals and other events are staged that bring the ambiance of the Old City to life. Many of these annual events feature re-enactments where participants are dressed in period costumes reflecting the St. Augustine of old.
St. Augustine is the gateway to experiencing the county's 42 miles of unspoiled beaches. Our coastline is second to none and residents and visitors alike have the opportunity to drive on, park, picnic and enjoy the beach in designated areas. Good wave breaks have made St. Augustine Beach a popular spot for surfing. The St. Johns County Pier is a popular gathering place for fishermen and offers a weekly Farmers Market as well.
The Atlantic Ocean is just four blocks from Marsh Creek on Anastasia Island where you'll find some of the world's most beautiful beaches. Get ready for some peaceful relaxing walks on the beach or enjoy a family bike ride together in the sand.
Award-winning public schools are one reason St. Augustine and St. Johns County are one of the fastest-growing counties in the U.S., according to the U.S. Census. The city also has a diverse economy offering a solid balance of tourism, banking, service sector and manufacturing jobs.>
Naval Station Mayport is a major U.S. Navy base. It contains a military airfield (Adm. David L. McDonald Field) with one asphalt paved runway.
Since its commissioning in December 1942, NS Mayport has grown to become the third largest fleet concentration area in the United States. Naval Station Mayport is home to the Navy's reactivated United States 4th Fleet, which had been deactivated since the 1950s