SHORELINE...Exploration!


    ON YOUR OWN!

The Mangroves, Bays and Keys along the southwest coast are a veritable wildlife paradise. From Fort DeSoto Park through Sarasota Bay down to Charlotte Harbor the sea grass flats are teaming with shrimp, stone crabs, pigmy seahorses, scallops and pipefish.

Snorkeling is a wonderful way to commune with nature and one of the best places on the entire Gulf coast is Point Of Rocks on the South side of Siesta Key. The reef is home to snook, small grouper, puffer fish and many other reef dwellers. As anywhere, the right winds or a calm day will provide all kinds of fish viewing around the rocks.

Offshore about 100 yards from Bradenton Beach is a 90 foot sunken freighter called Regina. It was a molasses hauler that shoaled in a storm a number of years ago. Today, especially in the morning with light winds, it is a very decent snorkeling place with good coral and fish.

Sharks' Teeth... Budding archaeologists and marine biologists will have a field day at Charlotte County's Stump Pass Beach State Park (at the southern tip of Manasota Key), or Caspersen Beach on Venice Island where fossilized sharks' teeth pepper the shoreline after high tide.



    MANATEE SIGHTINGS

Bradenton... travel west on Cortez Road. Turn right on Palma Sola Blvd. to Palma Sola Park where manatees are frequently spotted year round.

Sarasota... particularly during the spring, manatees are migrating to summer grounds and can be spotted in Pansy Bayou, Hudson Bayou and North Roberts Bay grazing on sea grass along the shoreline.

Charlotte Harbor... The communities of Boca Grande, Don Pedro Island, Punta Gorda, Englewood-Cape Haze, El Jobean, Manasota Key, Palm Island, Placida, and Port Charlotte comprise 830 miles of shoreline with 200 miles of Blueway Trails for canoeing and kayaking. Frequent manatee sightings have been documented at the El Jobean Bridge. The best way to locate a manatee... is on the move... The tail flipper will make a distinctive circular mark on the surface of the water.

Tampa... View manatees at the Big Bend Power Station from November 1 through April 15 when the winter season forces them out of the bay to warmer waters. Be sure to visit the Viewing Center where you'll find educational material detailing the habits and habitat of the manatee. Tampa Electric's Manatee Viewing Center


  SHORELINE...Eco Tours


Sarasota Bay Explorers

Sea Life Excursions / Kayak Adventures / Nature Safari Cruise
Cruise Sarasota & Robert's Bays aboard a 40' Pontoon boat with a Marine Biologist looking for Dolphins, Manatee & More. Nature Safari Cruises, Guided Kayak Tours, & Miss Explorer Private Charters. Hands-on, Fun & Informative for ALL Ages!
Located at Mote Marine Aquarium
Call for details: 941-388-4200


Bay & Gulf Adventures

Guided kayak nature tours & rentals. Explore the Best Kayaking locations in Sarasota, Bradenton & Siesta Key, featuring Eco-Tours of Lido Key mangrove tunnels & Myakka River gators. All skill levels are welcome for Educational, Memorable Nature Tours. Dolphins, Manatees & Bird Sightings are waiting. Small Tour Sizes are normal and Private Tours are available.
Call for details: 941-893-7221


Le Barge Tropical Cruises

Sea Life Excursions / Kayak Adventures / Nature Safari Cruise
Offering a Variety of Cruises to suit Your Interest; Dolphin Watch, Narrated Sightseeing, Sunset Entertainment Cruises, Private Charters & Special Events with Local Musicians. Light Food Menu. Located 200 yards south of Marina Jack's Restaurant. Reservations are recommended for Regularly Scheduled Cruises.
Call for details: 941-366-6116


  SHORELINE...Guided Tours


Captain Kim's Charters
Bradenton 941-920-3307


Tropical Island Getaway
Gulfport 941-345-4500




  SHORELINE...Kayaking Tours & Rentals


Almost Heaven Adventures
Sarasota 941-504-6296

BAY & GULF ADVENTURES
Sarasota 941-893-7221

Biotica EcoTours
Sarasota 941-350-4905

Discount Tackle Outlet
Sarasota 941-746-6020

Easy Kayaking Lessons/Tours
Sarasota 941-960-5505

Island Style Kiteboarding
Sarasota 941-954-1009


Midnight Pass Bike and Kayak
Siesta Key 941-346-0891

Siesta Key Bike and Kayak
Siesta Key 941-346-0891

Siesta Sports Rentals
Siesta Key 941-346-1797

Silent Sports Outfitters
Sarasota 941-966-5477

Walk on the Wild Side
Sarasota 941-351-6500




  SHORELINE...Day Trips ~ Guided Tours


Everglades Area Tours

A guided half-day kayak eco-tour and customized bird-watching expeditions. The tour takes participants into remote areas that would take normal paddlers three to five days to reach.

Six passengers and their kayaks board a shuttle motorboat in Everglades City to the Wilderness Waterway, which is deep in Everglades National Park's Ten Thousand Islands. The tour promises paddling into wilderness to spot birds, dolphins, manatees, and sea turtles.
Everglades City, Florida
Call for details: 239-695-9107



  SHORELINE...Kayaking on Your Own


Paddling Trail
Everglades City to Marco Island

The Paradise Coast Blueway's GPS-marked kayak paddling trail opened in the Paradise Coast region for bird and wildlife watching, kayak fishing, as well as exploration.

The trail leads kayakers and canoers on an exciting journey from cypress, through mangroves and out to the edge of the Gulf of Mexico utilizing GPS waypoints. Phase 1, the Ten Thousand Islands section of the blueway, begins in Everglades City, at the northwestern tip of Everglades National Park's Wilderness Waterway trail, and ends at the village of Goodland on Marco Island.




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