On the ocean side of Castillo de San Cristobal sits a lonely guard house. Built in 1634 this sentry box was avoided by many. It was rumored that some of the soldiers that spent the night in the "garita" were never seen again. As a result it became known as "La Garita Del Diablo", The devil's Sentry Box.
The area is off limits to tourists, but it can be seen from the fort as well as the city walls along the water.
Fort Zachary Taylor is Florida's southernmost state park. It was built in the mid 1800's as part of a series of forts designed to protect the southern coastline of the United States and played an important part in the US Civil war and the Spanish-American war. Located in the middle of an operating military base, it is undergoing restoration work. In this photo the flag is shown at half mast on the parade ground.
Before the theme parks central Florida had the "Monument of States", a monolith built of rock and concrete in celebration of the USA.
The monument was the brainchild of Dr. Charles Bressler-Pettis, a local tourist booster who wanted to show the solidarity of the states after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Construction began in 1942 and continued over the years. While the theme parks drew attention away from the monument, it was refurbished in 2001. A local park has grown around the monument and attracts both locals and tourists alike.
All 50 states as well as several foreign countries are part of the monument and surrounding walkways. It is well worth a side trip if visiting the Orlando area.
When a wall was built around San Juan, Puerto Rico, doors were built as the only way to access the city. Over the years those doors have disappeared. This is the last remaining door, an entrance from San Juan Bay into the old city. The huge entryway is a landmark of its own right. It is open most days so tourists can cross through the thick walls from the promenade into the old city.
No matter what time of year, chances are pretty good that people will be at the beach in Florida. Locals will bundle up on a cold day while tourists and snowbirds will treat it like a sunny day. Here you can see folks in jackets while a shirtless boy plays in the sand. Grain has been added to this photo to enhance the atmosphere.