Nao Santa Marina of Christopher Columbus

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Presented by Destination Panama City at St. Andrews Marina, Panama City FL

Mar 07 - 17
Nao Santa Marina of Christopher Columbus

The Nao Santa María is a replica of the ship which Christopher Columbus starred the Encounter Between TwoWorlds in 1492. She will arrive to Panama City, FL and will dock at the St.Andrews Marina, where she will be open to view!


The Nao Santa María is one of the most famous ships of mankind. On October 12th of 1492, led by Christopher Columbus, it played the main role on one of the most important historic landmarks: the discovery of America, the encounter between two worlds that changed the future of universal history. On August 3rd of 1492 it sailed off from the port of Palos de la Frontera (Huelva, Spain) together with the caravels “Pinta” and “Niña”, the so called three caravels from which this nao was the flagship. In all references written by Columbus about the Santa María in his famous diary of the expedition, he
refers to it as “nao”, as did other chroniclers of the time:

“Cristopher Columbus loaded, apart from those two, a nao… and on the third, being the nao bigger than the rest, he wanted to travel himself, and hence it became the flagship” 1

It was acquired by the Spanish Crown to be part of Juan de la Cosa’s columbine expedition. Although De la Cosa was natural from the Spanish northern region  of Cantabria and lived in the southern Puerto de Santa María, the general belief is that the vessel was built somewhere on the coast of Galicia, hence her previous name: La Gallega (The Galician).

On October 12th, 1492, the Nao Santa María, manned by 40 men, arrived to America with the caravels, leading one of the most transcendental encounters of history. While sailing close to the Española Island on Christmas day that year, the helmsman got distracted and the vessel run aground and wrecked. On the location of the shipwreck,
known as Bahía de Caracol (Haiti), the first Spanish settlement in America was built from the wreckage; it was the Fuerte Navidad (Christmas Fort).


The Nao Santa Maria will be open for tours daily ( Monday through Sunday) in the St. Andrews Marina from March 7th to 17th from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

General Admission:

Adults (12 years old & up): $10.00

Kids (5 to 11 years old): $5.00

Kids (4 years old & younger): Free

Families: $25.00

  • Family tickets include 2 adults and up to 3 kids.

Group Tours: $5.00 per student

Tickets can be purchased at the dock or at

    Official Website


Additional time info:

  • Due to bad weather in
  • Please note hours vary based on the change in daylight

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


St. Andrews Marina

1201 Beck Avenue, Panama City, FL 32401

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