ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (September 25, 2012) -- For the second consecutive year and after only its second year open, the St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum was voted Best Local Attraction by the community in the St. Augustine Record's 2011 Best of St. Augustine contest.

"It’s such an honor that residents and Record readers think so highly of us,” said executive director Cindy Stavely. “It’s extra motivation to make sure their pirate experience here continues to be nothing short of amazing."

Each year, the St. Augustine Record and host the Best of St. Augustine contest--this year is its 14th run—to give the community the chance to vote for local businesses they feel are the best at what they do. Over 14,000 people voted this year, according

"These are wonderful kudos and an incredible show of confidence in The Pirate Museum and our place in St. Augustine," said museum founder Pat Croce. "Thanks to all who voted us No.1 again!"

The museum will offer $2 off regular admission in the St. Augustine Record for a limited time as a special thank you to the community for voting the museum Best Local Attraction. The runner up in that category was the popular St. Augustine Alligator Farm and Zoological Park. See the full results.


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Did you know?

  • In 1671, when Henry Morgan sailed from Port Royal, Jamaica to sack and plunder Panama, his fleet consisted of 37 vessel, ranging from 4-gunners to 22-gunners.

  • Captain Kidd received a letter of marquee from King William III to seize any French ships during his search to capture pirates. Instead, he captured an Indianman resulting in the beginning of his pirate career.

  • The cook onboard a pirate ship was usually a disabled pirate who was allowed to stay on the ship if he could make food that didn't kill the pirate crew.

  • In September 1718, following months of successful plundering raids, the pirate crews of Blackbeard and Charles Vane rendezvoused on Ocracoke Island (North Carolina) for a wild, weeklong bacchanal.


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