Florida was the first place in the United States to be settled by Europeans. The city of St. Augustine is the oldest in the country dating back to 1565 and was founded by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain. Florida was also the object of interest by the Spaniards in that it was believed to be the location of the "Fountain of Youth," which is ironic because it now has the country's second-oldest population. Florida is home to a wide variety of attractions, from its beaches to its nightlife to sports and entertainment venues. But it is the beaches and the wildlife I go there for, and both are in abundance.