The Pellicano of Red Boat Tours moves through the water

Red Boat Tours

Cruise the bay and waterways, while watching dolphins, pelicans, and sunsets.

Currently closed.
Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Red Boat Tours offers family-friendly and adult-only tours, including dolphin, sunset, and seasonal tours. Most of the tours depart from the Vilano Beach Fishing Pier floating dock.


The Red Boat, Pellicano, is a 50-foot Trident Pontoon that is 16 feet wide. This spacious, open-air boat features a restroom, padded seating, and a shade roof. The crew provides bottles of water—guests may bring soft drinks and snacks aboard any cruise and adult beverages are invited along the sunset cruises.

This is a wheelchair-accessible boat that welcomes private parties and group tours. They have an excellent sound system and space for up to 49 passengers, making this a great venue for anniversaries, birthdays, and small weddings. Captain Tony Palesotti is a notary and can perform the wedding ceremony.

Cruises and Tours

Passengers board Pellicano from the floating dock on the fishing pier at Vilano Beach. Free parking is available in a lot in front of the pier or on Vilano Road. The boat navigates the Intracoastal Waterway and Matanzas Bay—it does not go into the open ocean. The experienced captain and crew delight in showing the natural wonders of these waterways.

Dolphin Odyssey & Sightseeing Tour

The 90-minute Dolphin Odyssey and Sightseeing Tour showcases both the beauty of St. Augustine from the water and the special pleasure of seeing wild dolphins swimming up alongside the boat. Though a sighting cannot be guaranteed, most tours have reported at least a glimpse of a fin and a friendly face as dolphins play and feed nearby in groups. This tour costs $29.00 for those 13 and older, $15.00 for children ages three through 12, and $8.00 for children younger than three.

Sunset BYOB Cruise

This 90-minute adults-only sunset cruise offers a unique way to relax after a day of sightseeing. Guests bring their alcoholic beverage of choice and sip the day away as they coast the waterways and watch the sun set behind the city's skyline. This cruise is $39.00 per person.

Seasonal Tours

4th of July Fireworks Cruise

This cruise takes visitors off the coast to witness St. Augustine's impressive fireworks display. Viewing the fireworks from a boat gives spectators a close-up view while offering the unique perspective of seeing each burst reflect across the water.

World Famous Nights of Lights Tour

During St. Augustine's Nights of Lights, Red Boat Water Tours offers family-friendly, and adults-only tours to give visitors a dazzling perspective of the city's festive light displays. This tour takes a little over an hour. 

Private Cruise

With their sound system and space for 50 passengers, plus their dance floor, Red Boat Water Tours is a great option for private cruises. If you don't want to dance, the boat can hold up to 60 passengers for your party or gathering. They are accessible for those in a wheelchair and have a restroom on board, which means they are a great option for special events such as family parties and company celebrations. Call (904) 436-3566 for more information.

Please note that a minimum of eight passengers are required for tours. On the few occasions when a tour does not reach that minimum, all ticketed passengers will receive either a refund or the opportunity to reschedule. The dock is available only to pick up and drop off passengers, please leave time to park and gather up what you need for the cruise.

Currently closed.
Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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