Depending on the length of your sail, the greater Tampa Bay area offers a number of exciting destinations, from the pristine natural beauty of Egmont Key up to the exciting nightlife of the Keys. Whether you want to watch manatees or dolphins, shop at Gulfport, or simply sail the Bay, Simply Sailing Charters will help you pick the perfect itinerary.
Sailing around Tampa Bay is a relaxing way to get in touch with nature. At high tide, Florida’s largest open-water estuary stretches 398 square miles. As many as 40,000 pairs of birds nest in Tampa Bay every year.
Fort De Soto
Fort De Soto, a Florida State Park, has something for everyone – nationally recognized beaches, historic landmarks, nature trails, and more. Bring your family and spend the day exploring!
A 350 acre Caribbean-style island resort on Tampa Bay. Secluded between Tampa and Sarasota, a resort, secluded beach, two restaurants, lounge, tiki bar, nearby golf, shopping and attractions makes Little Harbor an ideal getaway!
Egmont Key is a secluded state park reachable only by boat or ferry. Historic attractions include the Egmont Key Lighthouse and the ruins of Fort Dade. Egmont Key is a lovely place to experience untouched nature.
Longboat Key Marina
Dock in a full-service deep-water marina and spend a while relaxing on the white-sand beach. Six restaurants, 9,000 sq. ft. spa, golf, tennis and more!
Moore’s Stone Crab
For a different dining experience, sail to Moore’s Stone Crab Restaurant, the oldest seafood restaurant under the same ownership in Manatee County.
Siesta Key is an eight-mile barrier island along Florida’s intracoastal waterway. Visit it, and you’ll find beaches which were recently named the most beautiful in the United States for their white “sugar sand” and teal-blue waters.
Boca Grande, a historic town on Gasparilla Island, boasts some of Florida’s best fishing and seashell-hunting. Thousands of tarpon are caught here, and beach combers are likely to find Sharks Eye Snails, Lightning Whelks, and more.
More than half of Sanibel Island consists of wildlife refuges, the largest of which is the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, one of the country’s largest natural mangrove ecosystems. Tour these reserves or relax on the beaches.
Sarasota is a lovely getaway from the everyday, with beaches, restaurants, shopping and more. Visitors can enjoy the Ringling museums – art, circus history, and the last of the Gilded Age mansions to be built.