(St. Augustine, FL)
Welcome to the Freedom Boat Club of St. Augustine! The nation's oldest city and first seaport, St. Augustine has been linked to the sea for nearly 450 years. A truly historic destination for boaters, it was recently selected by ABC's "Good Morning America" as the city where Americans can most feel as though they are in Europe. Blue water boaters can access the city through St. Augustine inlet and proceed to the City Marina or the private Camachee Cove Marina, or you can anchor out in the shadow of the Castillo de San Marcos, the Spanish fortress built in 1672. These marinas, as well as several on the San Sebastian River, provide full service stops for boats traveling the Intercoastal Waterway.
St. Augustine's 144-square block historic district begins at the City Marina and more than 30 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places are within easy walking distance, as are more than a dozen distinctive restaurants offering everything from local seafood to upscale Spanish cuisine. Historic, narrated tours of the harbor are available from St. Sightseeing Cruises and sunset sails aboard the Schooner Freedom are popular attractions. Both depart from the City Marina. Also based here is St. Augustine Eco-Tours providing an up-close and fascinating look at the local marine environment.
Effective Jan. 1, 2010, boat operators who were born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, must have a Florida Boating Safety Education Identification Card to operate a motorboat with 10 horsepower or more.. From boats, bridges, shore or surf, there are plenty of opportunities to catch the big ones. But you will need a fishing license. Call the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission at (888) 347-4356 for details and fees. All licenses are available from the county tax collectors offices and sub-agents located at tackle shops, fish camps, hardware stores and sporting goods stores.