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14 Reasons Why We Love Where We Live

Feb 14, 2022

To celebrate Valentine’s Day 2022, we asked some of our Saints a few reasons why they love where they live. Check out what they shared and see if your favorite part of the St. Augustine community is on the list!

Soaking Up the Sun

Students gathered around a table and studying in Kenan Plaza
Students gathered around a table and studying in Kenan Plaza

Sunny weather and clear skies draws many to Flagler and the city of St. Augustine. Where else could you hang out by the pool or do homeworking on the West Lawn or in Kenan Plaza in between classes?

Exploring Local Restaurants

Local cuisine makes it impossible to choose when deciding on a meal in St. Augustine. The city offers a variety of options to cater to any craving.

Exploring Nearby Cities

The city of St. Augustine is placed perfectly in Florida. An hour drive north to Jacksonville and two hours to Orlando presents the opportunity for endless activities.

Supporting Local Businesses

St. Augustine offers dozens of unique shops and boutiques for residents and visitors to explore. St. George street, a famous pedestrian mall, gives people the chance to explore locally owned and operated shops that offer both commercial and hand-crafted items.

The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument next to the Matanzas River
The Castillo de San Marcos National Monument next to the Matanzas River

Playing Tourist for a Day

Whether you’re a local resident or first time in town, St. Augustine has dozens of activities to offer to keep you busy. This can be taking a trolley tour around town or climbing the 219 steps of the lighthouse. The possibilities are endless between historic downtown and St. Augustine beach on Anastasia Island.

Saving Money on Gas

Most of what you need in St. Augustine is just a short walk away. From grabbing a bite to eat at your favorite restaurant to a enjoying a quick cup of coffee, you won’t have to drive!

Getting a Caffeine Pick-Me-Up

“St. Augustine has become my place and part of the reason why is because of my love for its coffee shop culture! There are so many options for me to choose from depending on my mood.” -Genna DeFalco, Admissions Counselor, c/o 2017.

Lewis the Lion poses outside Flagler College

Lewis the Lion poses outside Flagler College

Becoming a Saint

“I love St. Augustine because it is home to Flagler College, the greatest college in the world.” -Philadelphia Zimmerman, Associate Director of Admissions for Visitor Services, c/o 2012

Spending Hours at the Beach

“I grew up vacationing in St. Augustine, so I have so many fond memories. Now that I don’t live too far from the beach, it’s become a regular spot to get away from all the stress of school and just enjoy being outside!” -Abby Kreinheder, student.

Students supporting community efforts in St. Augustine

Students supporting community efforts in St. Augustine

Giving Back to the Community

“I love St. Augustine because it is home to Phi Alpha Omega! We are a women’s philanthropy organization at Flagler and pride ourselves in giving back to the community through acts of service! We have worked with many organizations such as the Betty Griffin House, United Way, Learn to Read, Pink up the Pace and Hugs, just to name a few!” -Kayla Coleman, President of Phi Alpha Omega.

Two alums holding beverages pose for the camera in front of a large gathering outside
Two alums holding beverages pose for the camera in front of a large gathering outside

Connecting with Alumni

“I love St. Augustine because of my connection to the community and how Alumni-owned businesses like mine seek to deepen the bond between Flagler, the city and the community surrounding them.” -Luke Brodersen, Graphic Design professor

Getting Involved

There is always an event to attend, whether it’s on Flagler’s campus or in the St. Augustine community. This includes movie nights, concerts, traditions like Harry Potter week, Nights of Lights and much more!

View of the Ponce entrance from the courtyard

View of the Ponce entrance from the courtyard

Discovering the Past

As the nation’s oldest city, St. Augustine has rich history and unique stories to tell about locations and buildings around town. Staple locations include Flagler College, former Hotel Ponce De Leon, the Fountain of Youth, the Old Jail and the Oldest House.

Forming New Bonds

“As a professor and CACE advisor at Flagler, I’ve been given the opportunity to meet students, faculty and staff from around the world. We all share a strong love for Flagler and living in St. Augustine and I wouldn’t want it any other way!” -Michael Mordi

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