I was up at sunrise and to my delight a pod of dolphins was enjoying breakfast. They came within 10 feet of the boat. The sunrise was spectacular where only being on the east coast could provide. We pulled anchor around 8:30 and headed toward St Augustine. Today would be a long haul of about 68 miles. It took us approximately 6 hours to get settled. We passed through significantly more hurricane damaged areas with boats on shore, docks completely missing and palm trees with no palms. Buoys were not as the charts said so following the buoys was the only thing we could do to keep in the channel. We did see Ponce de Leon inlet to the ocean in the distance marked by its tall lighthouse.
We were hoping to stay on the anchor tonight but with the shoaling and the hurricane damage we decided to head to the City marina. The marina is directly across from the quaint downtown. A spanish architecture and early settlement of the British is here. There is so much history in this little town. We were able to see the first school house, the Fountain of Youth, buildings from the 1600 and earlier. Much native settlement is here as well. The Bridge of Lions which is the main causeway bridge is directly beside the marina.
The Municipal Marina has everything a boater needs. Close proximity to the town, restrooms, laundry, lounge, fuel, showers and 24 hour security.
St. Augustine is worth a couple night’s stay even if you are passing through.