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Want to Do Something Adventurous?

Updated: Dec 16, 2018

Boating



Don't have a Boat? Find boat rentals at:

Bradenton Beach Marina

AMI Water Sports

H2OWatersportz


Flyboarding



Check out

Top Gun Flyboards

Parasailing



Check out:

Bradenton Beach Parasailing

Yolo Adventures


Horseback Riding on the Beach



Check out:

BeachHorses.com


Kayak Tours and Eco Adventures



Check out:

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours and Eco Adventures

Beach Bums

The Surfer Bus


Jet Skiing


AMI Water Sports

Bradenton Beach Marina

Coastal Watersports

H2OWatersportz


Snorkeling



Bradenton Beach for snorkeling? Actually, Bradenton Beach is home to one of the Gulf’s best beach access snorkeling and SCUBA diving locations.


First time snorkelers as well as advanced divers should find Bradenton Beach a great spot because it is one of few spots on the Gulf where saltwater beach diving is really good. And one of the great advantages of beach diving is the fact that you don’t need a boat!


Finding the dive site is easy: it stretches out perpendicular to the third of three small piers on Bradenton Beach (the southernmost pier). You simply pick a spot in the general area of the third pier, swim out about 100 yards and start looking for rock outcroppings jutting up from the sandy bottom.


You won’t find hard coral structures but, a variety of colorful sponges and soft coral! The Third Pier Reef, as it is known, also attracts a wide variety of game-fish and marine tropicals: large stingray, grouper, snapper, hogfish, gobies and blennies are plentiful. And, if you’re extremely lucky, you may have a close encounter with a barracuda or a 500 pound goliath-grouper!

Concrete was also dumped about 250-300 yards offshore – this too attracts fish and serves as an anchoring spot for soft corals and sponge. It is a little deeper, so the visibility is likely to be better, but only very strong swimmers should try to go out this far! More Info HERE

The quality of the snorkel/dive is totally dependent on the weather. Strong westerly winds can reduce visibility to about two feet–making the dive virtually useless. The best way to plan the trip is to set up a tentative date and check the weather reports for the area.


Regina Sugar Barge: This 1940 shipwreck is located at 7th Street, just north of the intersections for Gulf Drive and Cortez Road. You should be able to see the buoy marking the spot from the beach at Gulf Drive Café.


Remember, the best diving conditions include several days in a row of calm water, slack tide and full sun.


Snorkeling Tours

Egmont Key Adventures


Dolphin Watching



Captain Kathe Eco Tours

Salty Dolphin Tours with Captain Ben

Coastline Dolphin and Snorkeling Excursions

Yolo Adventures

Paradise Boat Tours

Bradenton Beach Marina


Manatee Watching



The best place during the winter months in Crystal River, Florida (about 2.5 hours north of AMI) with the Crystal River Manatee Tour. The warmer the water gets, the more they come down by AMI. They stay up in Crystal River when it’s cold because it’s a natural spring and the water there is always about 72 degrees. When the water warms up, around March, they begin to leave the river. By the end of May, you may not find any in the river or bay.


Sunset Cruises



AMI Charters

Bradenton Beach Marina

Paradise Boat Tours

Egmont Key Adventures

Island Pearl Excursions

M V Minnow


Sightseeing Boat Tours

Captain Kathe Boat Tours

Paradise Boat Tours


Eco Tours

Captain Kathe Eco Tours

Happy Paddler Kayak Tours and Eco Adventures

Salty Dolphin Tours with Captain Ben

Tailing Tails Charters with Captain Kris

Five O'Clock Charlie Boat Tours

Yolo Adventures

AMI Charters

H2OWatersportz


Egmont Key



Egmont Key State Park is a Florida State Park located on Egmont Key, at the mouth of Tampa Bay, in the state of Florida, United States. It lies just north northwest of Anna Maria Island and northwest of Fort De Soto Park and can only be reached by boat or ferry.


In the news: Egmont Key Lighthouse: Welcoming Beacon on a Wilderness Island


Getting There:

Many visitors to the island are boaters, and private boats can be rented nearby. But it’s also easy to take the Tampa Bay Ferry for a day trip, leaving from nearby Fort De Soto Park.


Private Boat Tours

Egmont Key Adventures (Holmes Beach)

M V Minnow (Holmes Beach)

YOLO Adventures (Cortez)

Island Pearl Excursions (Cortez)


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