Below are just some of the destinations available to boat to in the Tampa Bay Area. Not all destinations will be available for all charters do to time restrictions and location of the boat.
Egmont Key State Park
Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches.
Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish-American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923.
In addition to touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing and picnicking. Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.
St. Petersburg Pier
The new St. Pete Pier is a gleaming new attraction on the city’s picturesque waterfront promises limitless fun for everyone, from first-time visitors to long-time residents. Its 26 beautiful acres seamlessly combine the peaceful blue waters of Tampa Bay with the vibrant greenery of downtown St. Petersburg’s parks, creating the ultimate place to stroll, bike, dine, drink, shop, swim, take in a concert and more. So get together with your family and friends and visit. It’s time to soak up some fun under the warm Florida sun!
Beer Can Island
Tiki Bay Island (aka Beer Can Island or Pine Key officially) is a great local spot in Apollo Beach. It is a small island in the Tampa Bay just offshore from the Apollo Beach Nature preserve, accessible only by watercraft. On one side of the island is a tiki bar area with full liquor bar, beach games, etc. This area has a great beach party vibe all weekend long. The rest of the island remains more primitive, and is usually slightly more low-key. The entire island tends to be very serene throughout the weekdays.
Access to the island is free, though use of amenities (bathrooms, games, etc) comes with a fee. There is no dock on the island, so anchoring along the shoreline is required, in typical sandbar fashion. The owners of the island have done a great job of cleaning up the island and preserving it's natural beauty.