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Santa María Replica Open For Tours In Fernandina Beach This Weekend

The Nao Santa María is pictured during its visit to St. Augustine. The ship is in Fernandina Beach this weekend.
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The Nao Santa María is pictured during its visit to St. Augustine. The ship is in Fernandina Beach this weekend."

One of the world’s best known tall ships has returned to the First Coast for tours this weekend.

The Nao Santa María is open for tours at the Fernandina Harbor Marina in Fernandina Beach through Sunday, June 6, after wrapping up a visit to St. Augustine.

The floating museum is a replica of the largest of the three ships that Christopher Columbus led to the Caribbean in 1492.

The ship, which weighs around 200 tons, took more than a year to build in Spain’s Punta Umbría shipyards.

“We started in 2017 and we finished it last year (2018),” project manager Angel Rosa told WJCT News in February 2019 during a previous First Coast visit. 

Like the original, it has three masts and a bowspirit.

Ticket prices to tour the ship are $15 for adults, $5 for children and $35 for families of up to two adults and three children. Tickets are free for children under 5. Online tickets can be purchased here.

Tour hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The organizers warn that tours may be altered by adverse weather conditions.

Additional information is available on the Nao Santa María's Facebook page and website