Swimming in Sarasota

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Siesta Key Paddleboards' staff uses paddleboards to unlock adventures across the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. They drop off and pick up paddleboard rentals at the area's sandy beaches, where groups can spend days floating atop Florida's blue-green waters and Jell-O–filled tide pools. For novices, instructors lead private and group sessions that teach the finer points of balancing on boards. The crew members also draw on their knowledge of local areas to lead tours, which pass by celebrity homes, through canals, and into hidden mangroves populated by aquatic wildlife.

6065 Rodgers Ave.
Sarasota,
FL
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Longwood Grill & Pub unites friends and neighbors over drinks and pub eats in a convivial atmosphere marked by nighttime events and entertainment. Diners can sample Philly’s finest with two incarnations of the classic cheesesteak—the cheesesteak Stromboli and the buffalo cheesesteak sandwich—as they recall words of wisdom from Ben Franklin, a short-lived WB sitcom about an awkward freshman senator. Inside, sporting events unfold across flat-screen TVs, and an outside patio hosts fresh breezes that carry the sounds of live musicians to awaiting cochleae. Longwood also hosts regular events including bar trivia, blackjack, and poker.

5802 Longwood Run Blvd
Sarasota,
FL
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Siesta Key Paddleboards' staff uses paddleboards to unlock adventures across the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay. They drop off and pick up paddleboard rentals at the area's sandy beaches, where groups can spend days floating atop Florida's blue-green waters and Jell-O–filled tide pools. For novices, instructors lead private and group sessions that teach the finer points of balancing on boards. The crew members also draw on their knowledge of local areas to lead tours, which pass by celebrity homes, through canals, and into hidden mangroves populated by aquatic wildlife.

Vamo Dr. and Vamo Way
Sarasota,
FL
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Owner and operator Shawn can trace his family's roots in the local waterways back seven generations. His deep love of the water led him to launch Native Rentals, which conducts eco-friendly paddle tours, and create the Surfer Bus, a renovated school bus that brims with kayaks, surfboards, and any equipment needed for tours on the go. His eco-tours explore the Robinson Preserve, Neal Preserve, and the Anna Maria Sound aboard single or tandem kayaks, standup paddleboards, and bikes, all of which let guests test their muscles without the exorbitant fees of going through Poseidon's booking agent.

5418 Marina Drive
Holmes Beach,
FL
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The certified instructors at Scuba Bill's Aquatic Adventures guide students through a slew of advanced diving classes as well as specialty courses in spear fishing and rescue diving. They even organize trips to exotic locales, where students can put their skills to use while diving through some of the world's most beautiful underwater scenery.

4948 58th Terrace East
Bradenton,
FL
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Fish Galore's team of captains lead angling expeditions along Florida’s Gulf Coast, taking parties to fishing destinations such as Tarpon Springs and 10,000 Islands. Trips range from guided inshore and near-shore journeys to excursions that head between 30 and 40 miles offshore. With experience hauling catches including grouper, sailfish, and shark, the team has garnered praise from clients for keeping groups “always on fish” and seeing that everyone onboard feels “welcome and comfortable.” The team also furnishes equipment for independent fishing, renting out canoes and tackle so anglers can explore the area’s backwaters, canals, and the Intracoastal Waterway for redfish and trout. Alternatively, canoes give paddlers access to Midnight Pass Beach and Oscar Scherer State Park. Family-friendly eco tours are also available, with ample viewing of shore birds, shelling, and riding dolphins like rodeo broncos.

3 Shoreland Dr
Osprey,
FL
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