Throughout this region, there are countless opportunities for visitors to make a splash and have some fun. The beautiful, clear waters of the gulf lend themselves to fantastic water-based experiences such as snorkeling and wildlife boat tours that some visitors may enjoy. Others, may prefer relaxing on the beach, paddling through mangroves, or soaring above the coastline.
There is always something to keep you entertained on the Gulf Coast.
Adventurers don’t have to travel far to find excitement at new heights or thrilling speeds. Try waterskiing, tubing, or kneeboarding on the back of a rented boat from Sarasota Boat Rental. If your group likes to bounce over waves on a solo jet ski, then local shops including Siesta Key Jet Ski & Kayak Rentals or Siesta Sports Rentals have you covered—rent a few jet skis and race through the water! And, a gorgeous vista awaits those brave enough to take to the skies to see the Florida coastline from a different (and higher) perspective. The beautiful blue waters of the Gulf are laid out as far as the eye can see for those who try parasailing with Siesta Key Watersports or Parasail Siesta.
Boating is perhaps the most luxurious way to enjoy the water. Enjoy the serenity of being out to sea while sailing with Key Sailing. Party-goers may prefer to reserve a space with Le Barge Tropical Cruises. Dance to live bands while sailing on a festive sunset cruise. The Marina Jack II yacht offers its dinner cruise patrons a fantastic evening at sea with delectable food and beverages.
It’s also possible to get some exercise while having a ton of fun on the water with I Kayak Sarasota or Sarasota Bay Kayak Tours with Sarasota Bay Explorers. Nature lovers can take a guided tour around the keys and through mangroves where kayakers will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close. Or, work on your core strength and maintain your balance by paddleboarding over the gentle waves.
Those who can’t be on a boat without a fishing pole in their hands have a few great options for full and half-day fishing trips. Great Escape and Sarasota Bay Fishing Charters will take you into the gulf where you can cast your rod and hope to catch dinner. Redfish, snapper, grouper, tarpon and tuna are just a few local fish that you might be able to hook. The best part is, you don’t need any equipment or experience. These companies provide bait, tackle, rod, reel and expertise. Larger groups may prefer to book a private charter through CB’s Saltwater Outfitters. Good luck hooking the big one!
Dolphins’ intelligence, communication styles and playful antics have endeared them to many, and the love for these mammals continues to grow.
Meanwhile, manatees are graceful, gentle animals that are hard not to adore. And like dolphins, they are fun to see in the wild. That’s why tours to see both of these creatures have become so popular on Florida’s gulf coast. Charter the Miss Explorer or climb aboard a nature cruise for a fun and interesting wildlife excursion in comfort.
Snorkeling in the clear waters of the gulf is a rewarding experience and the Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans can take you to prime locations. With their half-day packages, families can set sail to go swim with fish and other sea creatures. Kayaking and shelling are also part of this activity-filled deal.
And finally, for pure relaxation at its best, just head to the beach on a bike, stick your toes in the sand, open a good book and listen to the soothing sounds of the lapping water. In addition to bikes and watersports equipment including SUPs and kayaks, Siesta Key Bike & Kayak rents beach chairs, umbrellas and specialty items like beach wheelchairs and strollers to make your stay on the beach more comfortable.