Marineland Marina seems to be our port-in-the-storm-meet-great people place. Plus, it’s small and quiet and eco-friendly. And who can not like the beach across the road, Marineland itself and walking trails just a few steps from your boat. Oh, and this:
After St. Augustine we decided to spend a few nights here as we had some time to kill before moseying down to old Velcro Beach City Marina and a mooring ball perhaps shared with another boat- or not. For those still sticking with us on our crazy nomadic life I feel the need to acknowledge that so far this power cat cruising year has been BORING… for you as readers, but for me… I like it that way!! No tall mast to worry about hitting a bridge, no sailing in the ICW and going aground, no torn sails because someone pushed a bit too hard and not so much anchoring out because we are too wide. Don’t worry though, we still could drag anchor; oh but no, not with Ms Ultra. 🙂
Kayak tour company, Ripple Effect Eco Tours is located at the marina and Russ signed up for a tour along with a few other cruisers who’d come in at the same time we did. The area is perfect for safe, leisurely and informative kayaking. How about this tidbit: the term “Skinny as a rail.” Not a train track rail but a bird. They are seldom seen in the tall grasses because they hide so well by making themselves flatter and squeezing further into the dense grass. Further checking indicates that guide Quint told a plausible yet not accurate tale to eager participants.
M/V Traveling Soul caught up with us here and we enjoyed time with them. Two years ago we met here and have kept in touch ever since, ours paths crossing on land and on water.
The marina offers several perks if you stay three or more nights; discounted kayak tours, free admission for two to Marineland and use of a loaner car for a grocery trip to Publix six miles south. We took advantage of all three.
Better close-ups than we ever get from the boat.
Wednesday all the transient boats gathered on the floating dock for happy hour. Cordelia and Cara (the young girls on s/v Never Land) entertained us with music, drawing and a boat-load of energy and inquisitiveness.