I’ve been chasing pirates across the Ancient City the past couple days, and I’m finding their echoes everywhere. “On Stranger Tides” at the IMAX has folks looking for the Fountain of Youth. Memorials to Ponce De Leon. And best of all, in the vibrant new St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum across from the Castillo, where you can immerse in the age of the pirates, the sights, sounds, and smells. Be there with Blackbeard. Lift a bar of gold. And peer into the faces at the Rogues Tavern, the men who brought terror to these sunny shores. Among them, Sir Francis Drake.
The posters are up. Drakes Raid is coming! June 4! Would it have been that the good people of St. Augustine had such warning before Sir Francis Drake swooped in and burned the city. Here’s your heads-up for the biggest pirate event of the summer.