Fun on the Water on your St Augustine Vacation Adventure!

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The weather is beautiful in Saint Augustine at this time of year and it’s a perfect time for some fun on the water. Whether you are here for a fun weekend getaway or a week of relaxing in the sun at one of our Saint Augustine Inns, the water will call to you at some point on your stay.

If you haven’t made your reservation at one of our Saint Augustine Inns yet, just click here to see what is available when you are planning your weekend getaway or romantic relaxing vacation in Saint Augustine.

There are many ways here in Saint Augustine to take to the Matanzas River, our inter-coastal waterway or to the ocean. You may want to take in a St. Augustine dolphin tour , some charter fishing, sail on a schooner or try SUPing off St. Augustine Beach. There are just so many options available.

St. Augustine Eco Tours

photo from St. Augustine Eco Tours

I’m sure that many of you have heard of “dolphin tours” and St Augustine has a few.  A fun way to learn about our ecology, environment, conservation, wildlife and their habitat is to take a tour with St. Augustine Eco Tours.  The crew of St. Augustine Eco Tours has spent the past 7 years perfecting their boating, kayaking and sailing tours here in Saint Augustine.  They offer morning and afternoon kayak tours and you don’t have to worry about getting wet as they even have a kayak launcher for smooth, dry access to the water. Your guide will take you on a paddle under the Bridge of Lions, past the Castillo de San Marcos and into the saltwater marshes of the historic mission grounds. St. Augustine Eco Tours also offers their most popular tour, the Dolphin, Birding and Nature Tour. The boat for this excursion is research / rescue type of boat that takes 6 or less. This is a great way to see the dolphin, turtles and other fish and animals that call Saint Augustine home. For a little more relaxed time on the water you can join them for a fun Sailing Excursion. You’ll board their ultra stable 27-foot Stiletto catamaran which has comfortable seating with back-rests near the stern of the vessel, and a trampoline up front for lying between the sea and sun! Let the wind take you into the habitats of dolphins and wading birds as you breathe in the fresh air and just relax. Passengers are welcome to help work the sails if conditions are suitable.

For another way to see St Augustine from the water, try Saint Augustine Scenic Cruise. Relax and enjoy a one hour and fifteen minute cruise aboard the Victory III. Narrated tours by the Captain provide an incomparable way to view St. Augustine’s historical landmarks and natural sites of interest.

Would you like to learn how to surf or Stand Up Paddleboard? What is Stand Up Paddleboard or Supping? It’s a sport that originated in Hawaii.  It’s an offshoot of surfing. Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than 'normal' surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. Since you stand at your full height, you can enjoy unique views of everything from sea creatures to what's on the horizon.

We have a few surf shops in town that would be glad to help you out with Surfboard Rental or Stand Up Paddle Rental . Check out:
Surf Station
Pit Surf Shop
Ocean Extreme Sports SUP
First Coast SUP

If you’ve been to Saint Augustine before on a Getaway Weekend or Romantic Holiday, you may have seen the Schooner Freedom sailing in the bay. They offer some really great sails and  Sunset sail is by far one of the most popular. They also offer Family sails and Day sails. This is a must when you are staying at one of our Saint Augustine Inns.

If fishing is your thing you might want to dry some charter fishing. Drum Man Charters has a few different types of charters for you to try out. Either inshore or off shore are available. They strive to make your fishing experience one of the best that you’ll have. Enjoy the historic back drop and some of the most amazing wildlife that this country has to offer. Experience catching some great species of fish that will definitely tire you out. Then go have an ice cold beer or an ice tea on the Tiki hut as he fillets your catch for the day. What more could you want.  Check out their website for more information.

Anastasia Watersports

photo from Anastasia Watersports

For those of you that want to try out some fun water sports on your own, try Anastasia WaterSports.  They are located within Anastasia State Park. You can rent a Hobie Cat, kayak,  canoe, Windsurfer, pedal boat, Sunfish or Stand Up Paddleboard.  Even if you have never sailed or SUPPed before, the folks at Anastsia WaterSports will be glad to give you a lesson and help you get comfortable before they send you out for a day in the sun.

Whatever way you decide to take advantage of the water in and around Saint Augustine, you will be sure to have a great time on your weekend getaway, romantic holiday or even a girls get together!

Jerry Houman
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