Below are a few of the most popular destinations our customers frequently visit.
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Snead’s Island is off the coast of Bradenton. The Eastern portion of the island is primarily residential but the Western portion is made up of Emerson Point Preserve, a 365-acre preserve. This island maintains many of the Native American mounds. Popular activities include hiking, fishing, dolphin-watching and snorkelling.
Egmont Key is a secluded island acting primarily as a wildlife refuge. It is a state park and can only be accessed via boat. This an excellent place to swim, snorkel, hike, see wildlife (including dolphins, sea turtles, and marine birds), fish and view the Egmont Key lighthouse and ruins from Fort Dade.
Anna Maria is a popular barrier island destination known for its broad white sandy beaches and unique small resort city offering visitors one-of-a-kind experiences including specialty dining and art viewing. Off the coast, enjoy viewing dolphins, stingrays and many large species of fish.
Passage Key is a small island off the coast of Anna Maria. The sandy shallow waters of this island are amazing places to see schools of large fish, sea turtles, stingrays, and small sharks. You can also find an array of crabs, shells and sand dollars at certain times of the year. The west/gulf side of the island is a clothing-optional beach. Families usually stay on the inland shore and enjoy the clear waters to swim and explore.
The Manatee River is a 36-mile river flowing into the Gulf of Mexico. Cruise the Manatee and Braden Rivers to fish, visit popular restaurants, see unique water-view houses and gently explore natural habitats for Florida’s local animals including alligators, manatees, dolphins, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, herons, bass, bluegill, catfish, gar and sharks. Manatees are usually seen best in the early cool months and bull sharks are more often spotted closer to the outlet in brackish water.
Sarasota Bay is a lagoon that lies between the barrier islands Longboat Key, Lido Key, Siesta Key, and Casey Key. The Bay and these Keys are popular destinations for intercostal boaters. This is a popular location to see manatees and dolphins.
Palma Sola Bay
Palma Sola Bay is a small embayment in west bradenton that opens into Anna Maria Sound. This is a favorite fishing location. Families can enjoy the wildlife that frequent the west side of the bay including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles and wading birds.
St. Armands Sunset/Lido Key
The waterways and beaches of Lido Key and St. Armands are some of the most popular in the world. The normally calm waters of the Gulf, create an island oasis for beach-goers. St. Armands circle provides excellent excursion options for dining, shopping, and visiting museums and galleries. The white-sandy beaches and tranquil sandbars around Lido Key are local favorite destinations for families.
The Braden River is a 21-mile waterway and it creates the largest tributary of the Manatee River. The river is popular for fishing, kayaking, and viewing local wildlife while cruising on its calm waters.
Terra Ceia is a 2000 acre preserve state park along the mouth of Tampa Bay. This popular destination is popular for picnicking, tubing, wildlife viewing, geoseeking, and fishing. Park trails are open to hikers. Much of this ecologically diverse and tranquil nature park is in various stages of habitat restoration. The most popular activities at this destination are boating and kayaking. The waterways of this park are made of fresh and saltwater and weave through thick mangrove forests, perfect for kayaking (coming soon!)
Fort DeSoto is a part of the Tierra Verde island community which covers 5 islands with over 1000 acres on the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay. Fort DeSoto’s beach is constantly rated as one of the best beaches for families. Popular activities include visiting the historic fort, lounging on the beautiful beach, playing in the white sand, and exploring the many trails, tidal pools, and a one-of-a-kind lagoon. Robinson Preserve to the west provides excellent opportunities for viewing wildlife and fishing.
Jewfish Key is a popular 38 acre island located between Longboat Key and Bradenton Beach. This exquisite island oasis is one of the most popular destinations on the west coast of Florida. The sand bar at the western part of the island is excellent for relaxing and exploring for sea creatures. The water is clear and is often described as “mesmerizing.”