Now that we are back in the U.S. and properly rested up, we’ll be heading north on a cruise of the legendary Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). The ICW is a string of rivers and canals connected so as to allow boats to follow a mostly protected water route from Florida to New England. Our plan is to go only as far as North Carolina and then put the boat up for sale in the Beaufort area, which is a southeastern U.S. sailing hub.
Our third night out, we stopped in a marina in St. Augustine, the “oldest city in North America.” It was founded by the Spanish in 1565 and has a exceptionally well-maintained stone fort that was built as early as 1672 but heavily enhanced over the next 200 years.
St. Augustine is also one of the largest boutique towns we’ve ever seen. It has a beautiful historic downtown that features block after block of restaurants and shops, from tacky to chic.