Florida takes 2 spots on Forbes’ list of America’s 10 prettiest towns

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Florida Travel Guide to 2 of America’s 10 prettiest towns

One of the world’s most important sources of financial information and business news, Forbes magazine, has put Florida towns St. Augustine and Key West on its list of the ten prettiest towns in the United States. The towns that make the Forbes list are selected by experts at the Travel Channel, Fodor’s and National Geographic. These experts base their decision on natural beauty, a unique identity or a combination of the two.

What Forbes noted about Key West

Key West is physically closer to Cuba than it is to the mainland United States. Maybe that’s why this town exudes such a casual, laid back vibe – so much different than most other places in the United States. Steel drums, dolphin-watching, marlin fishing or relaxing on sandy beaches with crystal-clear blue waters. Only in Key West!

The only road connecting Key West to the mainland is the 127-mile Overseas Highway which is unique to any other roads in the country. Another notable feature of Key West is that it has the only National Park in America accessible only by boat. At Dry Tortugas national Park you can dive, snorkel and explore to your heart’s content.

What Forbes noted about St. Augustine

The oldest city in the United States occupied by Europeans, St. Augustine was founded by Spanish explorers in 1565 by Spanish explorers. St. Augustine actually remained property of Spain until it was traded for Havana to the British.

There is still a lot of Spanish history evident in St. Augustine which is found in some of its homes and other structures. Arabella Bowen, executive editorial director for Fodor’s Travel, says, “Castillo de San Marcos, the formidable 17th-century structure built by the Spanish to defend La Florida, is the country’s oldest fort, and boasts impressive turrets, a moat, and even a double-drawbridge. The town’s picturesque historic district is full of old-world atmosphere, historic homes, and easily explored on foot.”

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