i went in yesterday and found the approach from the sea pretty easy. at the moment it's a straight run in from the sea bouy and well marked.
it can be a bit confusing once you cross the headland and get inside the inlet. you
can go left, right, or straight ahead.
going left will put you in salt
run. there is a well protected anchorage there and also a first class marina/hotel/restaraunt called the conch house.
going right will send you north on the icw
. and also put you in the direction of another first class marina - caloosa cove.
going straight will put you on course to anchor
off st augustine, stop at the city marina, or continue south on the icw (where you will find a turnoff to starboard that will get you to several other marina/boat repair facilities.) you'll also get a first rate view of the fort.
the famous 'bridge of lions' which crosses the icw immediately in front of st augustine is being rebuilt; a temporary lift
bridge lies just north it.
if you anchor
in front of st augustine you have your choice of either north or south of the bridge. north is less crowded but more exposed to the current
running in and out of the inlet. the city marina has dinghy
docks, but they're a bit pricey; i think it's now ten dollars a day or fifty dollars a week or some such thing, but it does include a nice boaters lounge with showers and laundry
as well as an interesting marine hardware
if you've never been there before, theres a place called 'sailors exchange' about a mile walk from the city marina which is basically a used boat parts
junk shop. ask any local sailors where it is.
nice town to stop at.