“WHEN I had done breakfasting the squire gave me a note addressed to John Silver, at the sign of the Spy-glass, and told me I should easily find the place by following the line of the docks and keeping a bright lookout for a little tavern with a large brass telescope for sign. I set off, overjoyed at this opportunity…” Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
Every morning last week at 8 am sharp, Jenn and Jeff, two of our favorite return guests, would arrive in the dining room looking healthy and happy, smelling like suntan lotion and ready to start their day. After eating a hearty breakfast and swapping stories with us here in the kitchen at our romantic Florida getaway, off they would go with a treasure hunting plan heading south along the beach with a twinkle in their eye, a cooler full of drinks from our snack room, two good hats, a book for Jenn, and Jeff’s trusty metal detector.
In 1715, a fleet of Spanish Galleons traveled north along the east coast of Florida for Spain. Not one of the ships made it, but instead sunk off the coast right here between Cape Canaveral and Vero Beach and Florida beachgoers have been finding treasures washed up along our sandy stretch ever since.
For those not as adventurous as Jeff and Jenn, McClarty Treasure Museum is located on the National Historical Landmark Site of the 1715 Spanish Plate Fleet Survivors’ & Salvaging Camp just a little south of Sebastian Inlet State Park on A1A, and is a great place to see some of the Spanish treasure found along the beaches. They have all kinds of coins, jewelry, tools, pottery, religious artifacts and it’s just a fun place to spend an interesting afternoon.