03 April 2012 | South of Matanzas Inlet
Lighthouse at Ponce Inlet
Spent two nights at the Daytona municipal marina - a very nice place, but not particularly inexpensive. Had a nice pizza night at a hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant. The next night we anchored in a well-protected creek that reminded us of a Chesapeake anchorage, and now we are spending 3 nights at Marineland Marina. This is a rather isolated spot with nature trails, a dolphin center, and easy access to the Atlantic beach. No restaurants or shops nearby, though the marina is inexpensive.
Yesterday we walked the nature trail: very pretty with palms mixing with live oaks and magnolias, and so on. Today we went to the dolphin center where the Admiral wanted to swim with the dolphins, apparently to keep up with a sister-in-law. Unfortunately the dolphins are booked solid for two weeks, so we watched others swim with them.
Tomorrow we plan to go to the beach, and the next day proceed to Saint Augustine and take a mooring for a night. Planned arrival at our Jacksonville Beach marina is Sunday.