Natural beauty surrounds mariners who drop by Marineland Marina (marinelandmarina.com) in the town of Marineland, Florida. Situated along the ICW, the protected marina makes a serene stopover between Jacksonville and St. Augustine. With 24 slips accommodating vessels up to 100′ and offering free pump-outs, the marina boasts close proximity to a lovely beach, Marineland dolphin research and encounter facility (marineland.net), plus access to a National Estuarine Research Reserve. Ripple Effect Ecotours arranges eco-educational kayaking experiences and rides on a water-jet propelled vessel powered by vegetable oil. At Marineland it is possible to swim with dolphins and feed the oldest dolphin in captivity, spry 60-year-old Nellie.