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The 5 Best Boating Activities Around Tampa Bay

Tampa Bay boating

If you’re boating around Tampa Bay, then you already know how much fun being out on the water is. But are you still missing out? The local waters around Tierra Verde, Florida are filled with exciting opportunities to go on adventures and make memories; all while perfecting your tan!

Keep reading to get the inside scoop on the top five hottest activities to check out on your private boat rental!

1. Sunshine Skyway Bridge

Aside from being enormous and gorgeous to look at, the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is considered the most important bridge in Florida. And it isn’t just popular among Floridians—fish LOVE to hang out under this four-mile bridge. The pickings change seasonally, but depending on when you visit, you can expect staples like gag, sheepshead, and Spanish mackerel.

Of course, that’s no big secret—there are two piers by the bridge that are packed full of people fishing. But if you don’t want to wade through crowds during a pandemic or fight for your space, it’s much easier to hang out under the Skyway in your private boat rental. And with a live bait well included, the 22′ Key West Center Console is a great choice for a day of fishing under the Skyway!

2. Egmont Key

Egmont Key

If you’re looking for more adventure, Egmont Key is exactly what you need. This state park and national wildlife refuge is teeming with excitement; it’s got fantastic sights for snorkelers, a unique beach for swimmers and sunbathers, and lots of wildlife viewing for the nature lovers. Or, if you feel like heading inland, check out the historic Egmont Key Light that’s been standing since 1858!

For all of these reasons and more, Egmont Key is a great place to take the family. And since it’s only accessible by private rental or ferry, why not take out your own boat and have fun on your schedule in your own unique way?

3. Shell Key

But what if you just want to enjoy some alone time with the people you care about? Shell Key is the perfect stop for you. Shell Key is a naturally formed barrier island around the larger Shell Key Preserve. And while the preserve is beautiful and perfect for any bird watchers, Shell Key also has plenty of charms for you to enjoy.

This barrier island, as the name suggests, is filled with seashells, which makes it a great spot for kids. While you should always leave live seashells alone, you’ll find plenty of inactive seashells that make for perfect souvenirs! Sand dollars, limpets, and even the occasional conch shell are all things you’ll want to keep your eyes open for at Shell Key!

4. Sand Dollar Island

Sand Dollar Key, as the name suggests, is also a hotspot for shelling around Tampa Bay. But this island, also known as Outback Key, has a few features that make it different from other shelling locations like Shell Key.

First of all, Sand Dollar Island is dog-friendly, so feel free to bring your pup along for the ride! As an added bonus, alcohol is also welcome, so why not bring a cooler on your personal boat rental? The cherry on top has to be that the waters around Sand Dollar Island are popular among dolphins, which makes this low-key island the best spot for daytime adventure, sightseeing, and generally having a great day in the sun.

5. John’s Pass

John's Pass

If you’ve never gone to John’s Pass by boat, put it at the top of your to-do list. The shopping is great, and the boardwalk is full of local businesses with unique offerings. Add on some of the best seafood in the world, and John’s Pass is basically a one-stop shop for a fun boating destination.

Of course, there’s a pandemic to consider, so crowded shopping centers might not be the best idea before vaccines roll out. But the good news is that John’s Pass has plenty of appeal, even if you never leave your boat! Not only is the boardwalk a gorgeous sight from the water, but it’s surrounded by luxury homes that make for great sightseeing. When you make your own tour with your private boat rental, you take the fun in your own hands while staying completely safe!

Enjoy Your Tampa Bay Boat Rental

Whether you’re a long-time local or a first-time visitor, there are always new things to see out on the water. And what better way to explore than on your own boat, where you decide the itinerary?

If you’re ready to get out on the water, you can book your rental online or give us a call at (727) 867-0077. Have questions about how it all works? Check out our FAQ!

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