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?

  • At the height of its popularity, Port Royal, Jamaica had one drinking house for every ten residents. In July 1661 alone, 41 new licenses were granted to taverns.

  • Pirates wore an earring to ensure they died with at least one piece of treasure to buy their way into 'Fiddler's Green' (sailor's paradise in heaven).

  • The reason you've heard of most well known pirates is that they were captured and killed, or brought to trial where their exploits were recorded. But pirate captain Henry Every was made famous because he evaded capture after his piratical exploits.

  • Many pirates had eye patches, peg legs, or hooks. Ships in the 17th and 18th century were extremely dangerous places to work, so pirates would commonly lose limbs or even eyes during battle. 


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