A1A is a scenic boulevard as you travel along the east coast of Florida. It stretches past swaying palms along our coastline and pass some of our 7,700 lakes where colorful fish can be seen jumping out of the azure blue water against a background of white clouds and an unmatchable blue sky. Our beautiful beaches along our entire coastline are 663 miles in length and the number of islands more than ten acres is 4,500! Many islands are inhabited by many species of colorful birds that are well-protected by the rich vegetation that also provides shelter for their young.
St Augustine is the oldest city in the United States. Written records about life in Florida began with the arrival of the Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon in 1513 about April 2nd. He was so impressed with the beauty of the new land that he called the area Florida, in honor of the feast of the flowers the Spanish Easter celebration. A1A provides access to Florida's Atlantic Coast Beaches stretching from the St. Mary’s River in the North, to Key West in the South.