Deep blue skies, soft white sand, and clear warm waters. Will we ever tire of cruising the over 3,000 miles of Florida’s East Coast and hundreds of miles of inland waterways? The resounding answer is, no! Come with us as we introduce you to three distinctly different towns and the Florida east coast marinas at the hearts of them. Land ho!
St. Augustine has a colorful and far-reaching history. Founded in 1565 by Don Pedro Menendez de Aviles of Spain, it’s the longest continually inhabited European-founded city in the United States. It holds the notable title of the “Nation’s Oldest City.” History buffs, and everyone crew member, will enjoy strolling the narrow lanes, museums, and landmarks, like Ponce de Leon’s “Fountain of Youth”. And when you’re ready, you can enjoy some of the finest cuisine, Florida has to offer.
Where to Dock: Rivers Edge Marina – St. Augustine, FL
One of the best places to dock when in St. Augustine is Rivers Edge Marina, Rivers Edge offers all the basics with friendly service and a laid-back vibe. It’s also the only storm-safe haven in St. Augustine. While you’re there, head into Hurricane Patty’s, the on-site bar and restaurant where locals go for fresh seafood, cold beer, and a friendly smile. Rivers Edge is also close to downtown St. Augustine’s many restaurants, shops, grocery stores, entertainment, and historical sites. It’s got it all!
Heading south a bit to Central Florida, between Orlando and Daytona Beach, you’ll come to the colorful city of DeLand. It was nicknamed the “The Athens of Florida” by its namesake who wanted the city to become a place of culture, education and beauty, like Athens Greece. And that it has. It’s home to Stetson University, Florida’s oldest college. It’s also home to the Museum of Art, and DeLand and De Leon Springs State Park where you can take a swim 25-feet down in the mouth of the springs. And a “Must-see” while there, is the Mural Walk. It showcases 12 official murals painted on the sides of buildings around town, depicting the history of DeLand itself. There really is something for everyone here!
Where to Dock: Honton Landing Resort & Marina – DeLand, FL
DeLand is also the home of Hontoon Landing Resort and Marina, a beautiful riverside stop on the St. Johns River. Hontoon Landing is just far enough away from town to be quiet, but close enough for you to easily soak in the local attractions. If you prefer, you can lounge on-site and enjoy the sparkling pool, manicured grounds and gardens, and picnic areas. Last, but not least, you’re close to Hontoon Island State Park, offering canoeing and fishing, picnic areas, and a playground. It’s a well-rounded, family-friendly stop!
Cruising south a bit farther, Miami Beach is absolutely everything you’ve heard it is. Of course, you don’t want to miss the South Beach Art Deco District with its signature whimsical collection of more than 800 architecturally protected buildings from the 1930s and 1940s. This is also where you’ll find some of Miami Beach’s local boutiques, the finest dining, nightlife, and spas. You can easily spend days strolling past inviting oceanfront hotels and cafés. When you’re ready for a change of scenery, take a beachside stroll or head to Haulover Park for fishing, biking, tennis, or golf. But, of course, Miami Beach’s nightlife shouldn’t be missed and perfectly concludes an unforgettable vacation day. Let’s just say you have to see Miami for yourself!
Where to Dock: Sea Isle Marnia and Yachting Center – Miami, FL
And if Miami is on your list of destinations, there’s no better place to enjoy it but from the Sea Isle Marina and Yachting Center. It’s located on the north side of downtown Miami, in the heart of the city’s arts, entertainment, and cultural district – walking distance to the abundance Miami has to offer. With Miami at its doorstep and easy access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Sea Isle Marina has become the perfect place to stop and have some fun. Add to that a multitude of valuable services, and amenities like a convenience store with food and supplies, and you’ve found your Miami vacation spot!