Replicas of Christopher Columbus’ Nina and Pinta ships will dock Friday, April 26-28, 2019, at the Perdido Key Oyster Bar Restaurant and Marina at 13700 River Road in Perdido Key.

A mission of the Columbus Foundation, the two ships travel together as a “sailing museum” to educate visitors on the “caravel,” a type of Portuguese ship used by Columbus and many early explorers to discover the world.

The Nina is the most historically accurate Columbus replica ship ever built. Columbus sailed the Nina on his three voyages across the Atlantic, trips totaling 25,000 miles.

The ship was last heard from in 1501. It’s deck length is 65 feet and its sail area is 1,919 square feet.

The Pinta was constructed in Brazil to accompany the Nina on her travels. Pinta is a larger version of the archetypal caravel and offers larger deck space for walk-aboard tours and has a 40-foot air-conditioned main cabin below with seating.

Exuding Old Florida Charm wrapped in New World luxury, Perdido Key is perfect for families in search of a laid-back beachfront vacation. Stay in a Perdido Key vacation rental and visit these ships along with other fun attractions such as the National Naval Aviation Museum for a Blue Angels practice session, fantastic seafood restaurants and Gulf Island National Seashore.