As we made our way toward the east coast of Florida, we kicked off this part of our book-hunting journey with a stop at one of our favorite fun places, The Nav-A-Gator at 9700 SW Riverview Circle, Arcadia, Florida.
Located at Old DeSoto Marina, with access to the beautiful Peace River, it has an extensive boat docking area, a nice indoor restaurant and a fun outdoor dining area with games and even a small museum. The Peace River valley is famous for million year old fossils featuring mammoths and sharks, as well as Indian artifacts such as arrowheads, beads, and pottery.
River cruises are available on a large 40-passenger boat, or you can take an air boat ride. We chose the air boat ride.
After a little food and drink and a boat ride,
we were ready to commence book scouting.
Unfortunately, the first book store we came upon, Crackerhouse Books, was closed. This happens, as used & rare book stores are often one man or woman operations, and open hours can be irregular. Owners have to pop out once in awhile for a variety of reasons — often it’s to buy books to replenish stock.
We drove eastward, and reached Daytona Beach late in the day.
From here we motored north up the coast, stopping for the night at a delightful ocean-side hotel called Coral Sands. We really just stumbled across this place, but it was a pleasant surprise, situated on a gorgeous stretch of coastline.
The rates were extremely reasonable (we paid $109 for a clean and spacious ocean-view room –with a kitchen! ), and there was a large ocean-view swimming pool. We both took a refreshing dip in it that evening, in spite of a little rain that was starting to sprinkle down…
We found a nice sand castle on the beach someone had worked really hard on — and claimed it…
Coral Sands on Ormond Beach – what a find! I wish we could have stayed here for a week. But after a walk on the beach in the morning, we drove up the coast to Flagler Beach, where we discovered Change Jar Books.
Change Jar had a huge selection of books, both hardcover and paperbacks, reading quality and some collectible, as well as books by local authors. Here is a collectible corner I liked, which was stocked by Steve Bolter of Sleuth Books in Palm Coast, Florida:
After browsing in the
Change Jar, we hopped
back in the car and
drove on to St. Augustine
to stop in at Anastasia
only to find a note on the inside door that the store was unexpectedly closed all of Tuesday )-:
We have visited this book store in the past, and it is a lovely, well organized store with a good selection of books. Sorry we missed it this trip!
All was not lost in St. Augustine. While walking around, we struck up a conversation with a local gentleman, who asked us to come to his house to look at some books he wanted to sell. Of course, we followed him (21 miles!).
Here is one of the books we purchased from him:
Join us on our next stop: Savannah, Georgia and Tybee Island!