With a plethora of world-class fishing locations, award-winning beaches, and quaint waterfront restaurants at your disposal, you’re free to explore Florida’s Gulf Coast paradise at your very own pace. Soak up endless amounts of radiant sunshine by day and feast your eyes on mesmerizing sunsets by night.
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De Soto Point
De Soto Point
A perfectly remote and relaxing anchorage spot, De Soto Point is centrally located within Fort De Soto Park’s peaceful nature haven. On your journey there, be ready to snap some photos while cruising under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge—rated #3 of the “Top 10 Bridges” in the world by The Travel Channel. Fort De Soto is highly-praised for its natural beauty, offering superb beaches, a seven-mile multi-purpose trail, and top-rated campgrounds. Visit the historic landmarks of Battery Bigelow and Battery Laidley, splash around in the wide tidal pool at North Beach, hike the scenic trails, fish from the pier, and collect sand dollars along the seashore.
Make your way back west to the exclusive island of Tierra Verde, a celebrated boating community where you can enjoy the new 10-acre PORT 32—a premier resort-style marina with exceptional service and facilities. For some much-deserved but undisturbed rest and relaxation, head to Tierra Verde’s Shell Key Preserve—a truly secluded getaway spot only accessible by boat. Dine at a local hot-spot and top-rated seafood restaurant located on-site—The Island Grille & Raw Bar, and for dessert, stop by Andy’s Ice Cream Shop for a double-dipped sweet treat in your favourite flavour.
Anchor in the “old Florida” town of Gulfport, St. Petersburg’s hidden gem, where the vibe is always laid-back, and the local community is delightfully funky. On your way there, just south of the Treasure Island Causeway and Paradise Island, you can pick up some fun souvenirs from the popular tourist attraction, The Florida Shell Shop, and craft beer enthusiasts can enjoy some locally-brewed IPA’s at Sea Dog Brewing Co., which features a bayside patio, boat dock, billiard tables, and merchandise store. Dock your boat at the Gulfport Municipal Marina then head to Beach Boulevard to explore the row of eclectic shops, art merchants, and restaurants.
Enjoy a relaxing sail across the bay to Ruskin’s Resort & Club at Little Harbor—a Caribbean-style island resort featuring its own private beach, a full-service marina, and an array of recreational activities. Go swimming in one of the three heated pools, cast your line off the 250-foot fishing pier, and come sunset, chill out Adirondack-style around a private fire pit. With several waterfront restaurants located on-site, you can choose the menu that appeals to you most while taking in breathtaking views of Tampa Bay. You can even rent wave runners to satisfy your adrenaline-rush craving or go on a guided jet ski tour.
Journey up the coast to beautiful Clearwater, enjoying incredible coastal scenery along the way. Soak up the Florida sunshine on world-renowned Clearwater Beach, which boasts the distinct Blue Wave Beach classification, a fantastic assortment of shops, and plenty of island-inspired restaurants, including a dockside fish shack called the Bait House and the always-popular Frenchy’s, where they serve up their famous fresh-caught grouper sandwich six different ways. Set sail on a treasure-hunting pirate cruise, explore the bustling streets of Clearwater by bicycle or go on a wake-making jet ski adventure. You can also visit Winter the dolphin in her new and improved home at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where you can meet rescued animals, feed stingrays, and more.
Upon returning to the pretty-in-pink Renaissance Vinoy Resort Marina, not only are you free to wander the sidewalks of historic downtown St. Petersburg, but you’re also invited to indulge in the resort’s amenities. It’s worth spending a day or two exploring the “Sunshine City”—home of the new and improved iconic St. Pete Pier, exquisite art museums, more than a dozen local breweries, two rooftop bars with stunning panoramic views, and so much more.
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Florida is the boating and fishing capital of the world. It has more than 7,700 lakes, 11,000 miles of rivers, 2,276 miles of tidal shoreline, and has produced more than 900 world fishing records, more than any other state, or country.