Insider's Tour: St. Augustine's Spanish Colonial History

Join us as we explore the culturally diverse heritage of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city! By the time Jamestown, Virginia, was settled St. Augustine was already 42 years old.


Ponce de León first came to the northeast coast of Florida, possibly near St. Augustine, and called the area la Florida in honor of Pascua florida (feast of the flowers), Spain's Eastertime celebration. Pedro Menéndez de Avilés arrived in 1565 at a place he called San Augustín (St. Augustine), which marks the beginning of the First Spanish Period (1565-1763). You can learn more here.


Much of the locations on our tour are from this period, although we will also see the Second Spanish Period (1783 – 1821) and learn about other historic eras in this unique American city. A fabulous resource to learn more is the PBS series Secrets of Spanish Florida, which features Dr. J. Michael Francis, who will speak at our Opening Reception!

Our special behind-the-scenes tour includes access to some of the city's most historic buildings - including a Spanish Colonial building not open to the public - a Florida Trust member's party and a boat tour of St. Augustine Harbor.

Our program is Thursday, April 16, through Saturday, April 18, and the cost is $325. Registration includes a welcome reception, special tours listed in the itinerary, two lunches during the tours, a Members Reception and a boat tour of St. Augustine Harbor. Hotel reservations must be made separately.


The full itinerary, including speakers and locations, is available here.

Some highlights include:


We have detailed biographies of your expert guides and speakers here.



Access to unique historic places and archaeological sites are provided in your trip, read here for more details!

Event Hotel:

We have secured a block of hotel rooms for the tour. Travelers should make hotel reservations before March 26, which is the cut off date for the discounted room block. In addition to the discounted room rates, our guests also enjoy a parking waiver (a $15/day discount) as well as shuttle service and complimentary Wi-Fi.


Event hotel: Double Tree by Hilton St. Augustine Historic District

Address: 116 San Marco Avenue, St Augustine

To make reservations: Book online or call (904) 825-1923

Space is limited so register now!

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