To visit Cove Cay without going out on the water is to miss out on the best of what the area has to offer: manatee and dolphin sitings, fishing, kayaking amid mangrove trees, and simply admiring the local wildlife.
Cove Cay Marina is the gateway to these
activities, even if you don't count yourself among the members who store their boats there. That's because the marina also rents kayaks, canoes, and pontoon boats by the hour or half-day. Aboard these vessels, people can float out in search of manatees or test their theory that India lies on the other side of the cove.
Also swimming beneath the local waters are snook, red fish, and mullets, which anglers can pursue in one of the marina's three-seat fishing boats. They don't have to search for a place to cook their catch either, since the marina
houses a fish cleaning area as well as several propane grills.
The best way to enjoy the picturesque scenery of the Gulf Coast is to get right out on the water. Gulf Coast Kayak Rentals makes that happen for tourists and locals alike, renting out the newest and most up-to-date kayaks. The staff will deliver the kayaks straight to you, from as far south as Crystal River to as far north as Ft. Myers. They can direct you toward great scenery to explore, such as the magical mangrove tunnels of Caladesi Island. Or you can sign up for one of Gulf Coast's guided tours or fishing charters, and have knowledgeable guides lead the way.
Anchored at the beach of the pristine Sand Key Park, Sand Key Paddle Sports arms clients with self-propelled seafaring vessels and sets them adrift on the placid waters of Clearwater Harbor. Paddlers can saddle up on a soft top paddleboard, boogie board, or single or tandem kayak, and then direct their drift toward the many sights and sounds nearby. These may include the vast array of wildlife—including heron, roseate spoonbill, and common moorhen—or the barrier island's natural features, such as the salt marsh and the indigenous sand castles.
Located in the shadow of the Marriott hotel, Clearwater Jet Ski and Parasail outfits beachgoers with the equipment to safely speed across or sail above the waves. Its three-seater jet skis kick up massive wakes as they roar over the sapphire surface of the water, and tandem kayaks trundle along. Staff-operated speedboats tow parasails behind them, passengers getting a seagull’s view of the waves and a firm understanding of how silly the dog paddle looks from a distance.
Clearwater's Tampa Bay SUP is the great place for a sports fan to spend a Saturday, or any day for that matter.
Sit down for a savory meal at their in-house restaurant.
Got kids? No problem at Tampa Bay SUP! This club is a fantastic spot for families to hang together.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
So this weekend, don't do the same old thing. Head to Tampa Bay SUP!
Lazee Lizard opens up the Gulf, Tampa Bay, and Florida's myriad waterways to adventurers with its standup paddleboard and kayak rentals. In such vessels, explorers paddle blue waters to take in the sights, get in a workout, or spot manatees and dolphins trying to wipe the grins from their faces. To keep the maritime fun accessible, Lazee Lizard's team can also bring equipment directly to each customer's watery launch site.