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Spanish Galleon in St. Augustine

Published: May 23, 2013

Historic sailing ship visits Florida ports in Viva Florida 500

In a salute to the bold Spaniards who sailed to Florida 500 years ago, El Galeón is sailing Florida’s Atlantic Coast, inviting visitors to come aboard this spring at four ports of call: Miami, Cape Canaveral, Fort Lauderdale and St. Augustine.

El Galeón is a detailed replica of ships that brought Spanish explorers and settlers to Florida after Juan Ponce de León claimed the land for Spain in April 1513. It is a floating museum and a living-history testament to the mariners who forged Florida’s history.

Come aboard El Galeón and experience the Viva Florida 500 Voyage, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Ponce de León’s landing in Florida. The ship departed from Puerto Rico, where Ponce de Leon was governor, and is being sailed in much the same way his crew did.

Visitors will learn about Florida history and sense the spirit of adventure that drove Spanish mariners to explore distant lands five centuries ago.

Public tours April 15 – June 3
Daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.


  • Bay Front Park, Miami: Monday, April 15 – Sunday, April 28
  • The Cove at Port Canaveral, Cape Canaveral: Wednesday, May 1 - Sunday, May 12
  • Bahia Mar Marina, Fort Lauderdale: Tuesday, May 14 – Sunday, May 19
  • City Marina, St. Augustine: Thursday, May 23 - Monday, June 3


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