Florida's - Gulf Coast Visitor Guide




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.

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.

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.



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

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.

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


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


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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