Head over to Baytowne Marina at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort Jan. 8 – 17, 2021 as the ‘Pinta’ and the ‘Niña’, replicas of Columbus’ Ships, will be docked at Baytowne Marina located at 8330 Mike Hayes Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The ‘Nina’ was built completely by hand and without the use of power tools. Archaeology magazine called the ship “the most historically correct Columbus replica ever built.” In 2005, the ‘Pinta’, also a caravel, was launched in Brazil and was the first ship to sight land in the New World. Historians consider the caravel the Space Shuttle of the fifteenth century.
Both ships tour together as a new and enhanced ‘sailing museum’ for the purpose of educating the public and school children on the ‘caravel’, a Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world. Before him, the Old World and the New remained separate and distinct continents and ever since their fates have been bound together for better or for worse.
While in port, the general public is invited to visit the ships for a walk-aboard, self-guided tour. Admission charges are $6.50 for ages 5 and up. The ships are open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. No reservations necessary. They are practicing social distancing so please bring a face covering and keep 6 ft. apart upon arrival.
Teachers or organizations wishing to schedule a 30 minute guided tour with a crew member should call 1-787-672-2152 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Minimum of 15. $5.00 per person. No Maximum.
For more information, visit www.ninapinta.org.