St Augustine's striking waterfront fort Castillo de San Marcos was originally constructed to defend Florida against pirates hunting the Spanish treasure fleets traveling along the Gulf Stream. To this day it is still a formidable opponent to those attempting to gain access to the city of St Augustine. In our case via dinghy. Being a bit cheap we were unwilling to pay $10.60 to tie our dinghy up at the nearby marina just to take an evening stroll through town so planned an assault on the forts sea wall. We almost got more than we bargained for after landing on a small beach and realizing the wall was nearly too tall to scale. I feel for the soldiers who would have been ordered to attack this fortress over the many years it saw service under the Spanish, British and ultimately Americans.
St Augustine is a beautiful city and claims to be the oldest city in America. Regardless of the claim it certainly is a charming city with amazing continuity of architectural design. Flaggler college is located near the city center and it's building are marvelous.
An early morning photo of Fort Castillo de San Marcos
St Augustine Light House