Scenic St. Augustine Boat Cruise
St. Augustine, Florida, USA
- Historic Perspective: The Usina family has been showing off St. Augustine by water for more than a century, starting with Henry Flagler's hotel guests. On this cruise, they will share a century’s worth of local knowledge and tales with you.
- Locals: Cruise by beautiful beaches and the natural habitats of a variety of species, including manatees, bottlenose dolphins, great egrets, and sea turtles.
- Scenic Waters: We'll go under the Bridge of Lions and through Matanzas Bay, passing the Castillo de San Marcos, Conch Island, the St. Augustine lighthouse, and more.
About this St. Augustine, Florida tour
The Usina family arrived in St. Augustine from the small Spanish island of Menorca in 1777. Their descendants have been proudly showing off their city from the water for more than a century.
Carpenter Frank Usina and his wife Catherine were living on North Beach in 1900, when the not-shy Henry Flagler sailed up and asked if they'd prepare a meal of roasted oysters for him and his companions. After the meal, a hat was passed and the Usinas received more than a week's pay for their efforts. Frank did the math: banged thumbs and splinters under a hot sun vs. delighting visitors with a relaxing Menorcan-style evening of roasted oysters and dancing in Matanzas Bay. Kind of a no-brainer. He bought and refinished a 45-ft. boat that had grounded on a sandbar, christened it Victory, and a St. Augustine institution was born.
Later, when the bridge between the mainland and North Beach burned down, the city designated Victory the official ferry. And in WWII, when fishing expeditions were halted, the Usinas were given extra gas rations to ferry servicemen to nearby Army and Navy bases.
The Usina family is up to Victory III now, and the only name better known in this town starts with P and ends with de Leon. They even have a bridge named after them. So enjoy your cruise. It's a rare treat to be able to experience the history of St. Augustine with a family that wrote a big part of it.
Soak up these rays
This cruise is the perfect opportunity to get acquainted with northern Florida's diverse marine life. Looking at rays alone, several species call the coastal waters home: cownose rays, spotted eagle and torpedo rays, Atlantic guitarfish, devil rays, smalltooth sawfish, and the giant manta ray, weighing in at up to 4,000 pounds with a wingspan just under 30 feet.
Please make your way to Municipal Marina at 111 Avenida Menendez St. Augustine, FL.
Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Ramp at marina can be steep depending on tides. Lower deck is wheelchair accessible for a standard size wheelchair. Accessible restrooms available at marina, not onboard boat.
Family Friendly, Scenic, Boat Tour
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages. Children 3 years of age and younger participate free of charge.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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