Safe at Sea: Maritime travel destinations in the United States
August 8, 2018


(Editor's Note: This is part I of a four-part series about U.S. land destinations focusing on maritime history.)

Throughout the summer months as we look around our island, we notice quite a few of the friends in our Sanibel-Captiva chapter of America's Boating Club have left to explore other parts of America and maybe reunite with family and friends during the summer. Where do they go?

According to this writer's minimal research, almost uniformly they will visit places on or near bodies of water. We suppose the water surrounding us here in Florida was what attracted our members to Sanibel-Captiva in the first place.

In this four-part series, we will seek to highlight some of the likely travel destinations of members of our local chapter. In particular, we note the many museum facilities of interest to boaters, where so much of America's heritage developed on the high seas, rivers and northern glacial lakes.

We begin with St. Augustine in Florida.

This lovely, relatively nearby location is accessible by those who choose to travel by boat. Well, it's possible, but much further than most of us would choose for boat travel. By auto, it can be a nice "long weekend" site to explore.

The St. Augustine Lighthouse and Maritime Museum is a fine representation of its 1874 Lighthouse and Keeper's House. Its 219 steps lead to the original Fresnel Lens and the magnificent views of the surrounding oaks and panoramic view of St. Augustine. Visitors will see heritage boat building, interactive exhibits and a detailed story of a British ship that sank in 1782 when it ran aground on a nearby sandbar.

A friend recently sent us photos of his visit to St. Augustine. In addition, the couple were enthralled by the photo opportunities and sights of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. They reported the park had a great deal to see and is easily navigated via paths displaying so much of nature's beauty.

Bob Eidsvold is a member of America's Boating Club of Sanibel-Captiva. For more information, contact 239-985-9472 or or visit online at


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