Explore Tampa Beaches and Parks on A Private Boat Rental
Whether you want to sail along the urban skyline of downtown Tampa or venture into the crystal clear water of the Gulf of Mexico, a half-day or full-day Tampa boat rental is a great way to experience all that the Gulf Coast of Tampa, Florida has to offer. Explore Boatsetter’s favorite beaches and parks on your next visit!
The Courtney Campbell Causeway connects Tampa Bay to the beautiful beaches of Clearwater. Several types of marine creatures make their homes among the mangroves and rocks lining this scenic causeway. Pull up to a small beach, anchor out for a picnic, sail up to a waterfront restaurant or enjoy the twinkling lights of Tampa’s nighttime skyline reflecting off the water. There are even a few public boat ramps along the causeway.
Caladesi State Park
Accessible by ferry or by boat, Caladesi State Park is near Clearwater Beach. It has made the prestigious list of America’s Best Beaches at least once or twice. Snorkeling, swimming and sunbathing are very popular as well as just relaxing in the peaceful scenery.
Egmont Key State Park
Take in some local history with your yacht charter in the Tampa area. Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay in St. Petersburg, Florida, Egmont Key State Park is only accessible by boat. This peaceful area was used as a camp during the Third Seminole War, and it was occupied by the Union Navy during the American Civil War. There is a lighthouse, circa 1858, and a historic fort on the island. Nature lovers can also find a wildlife refuge where lucky visitors can spot turtles, hummingbirds and a variety of seabirds.
Sail out of Tampa Bay and head north toward Tarpon Springs for a fun-filled day trip mixed with a healthy dose of Greek culture, cuisine and history. The sponge diving town of Tarpon Springs offers a marina, water sports, dolphin spotting and picnicking along white sand beaches. You can watch boats filled with fresh catches of sponges pull up to the docks, and check out statues dedicated to the sponging industry along the waterfront.
Gift shops, authentic Greek restaurants, cafes and more pastries than you can pronounce can be found along Dodecanese Boulevard. This quaint community has even made a segment of Mike Rowe’s “Dirty Jobs” television show on the Discovery Channel. Apparently, sponges are very smelly as they start to die. We’ll take Mike Rowe’s word for it.
St. Pete Beach
Offshore fishing can be enjoyed year-round in the St. Pete Beach and Clearwater area. Hook up with a yacht charter and head out to catch tarpon, Spanish mackerel or kingfish. Divers can spend days exploring the artificial reef system of shipwrecks and sunken tanks in the area. The shelling is also top notch along the soft sand beaches of St. Pete Beach.
The Tampa Bay area has virtually something for everyone and if variety is what you’re looking for, this is your destination. Share your favorite off the beaten path spots…surely, we’ve missed some!