How does 251 days of sunshine every year sound to you?
In Sarasota, that’s exactly what you’ll get. It’s little wonder, then, that water sports are among the most popular Florida activities.
While the weather is cold and gray up north, you can bask in the sunlight and enjoy warm water temperatures year-round. From white sand beaches to cool club pools, you’re never far from the water in Florida.
The question is: What’s the best way to enjoy it? In this post, we’ll reveal our pick for the 6 best water activities around Sarasota.
Read on to learn more!
You might think of mountain streams and wild rapids when you hear the word “kayak,” but that’s not the only setting.
Florida’s west coast is ideal for a calmer, more relaxing version of the water sport. The gentle waters of the Gulf and the winding canals that line the coast are perfect for exploring by kayak.
Rent a kayak, grab a paddle, and get ready to enjoy a leisurely cruise through the mangroves. If you get hooked on the sport, you’ll enjoy endless kayaking opportunities down the 190-mile Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail.
Florida’s waters are teeming with life. From dolphins, fish, and stingrays to bright coral and seagrass, there’s a whole new world to discover below the surface.
Snorkeling is fun and easy for the entire family. Rent a mask, fins, and snorkel and wade in from the nearest beach, or sign up for a snorkeling tour to a nearby reef or shipwreck.
Ready to take it a step further? Sign up for a snuba course (an introduction to scuba diving) or go all the way with a full PADI certification.
In case you missed the memo, Florida was recently declared the fishing capital of the world.
Fishing opportunities abound around Sarasota and Bradenton. It could be as simple a dropping a line from the end of your community dock or joining a deep-sea fishing expedition into the Gulf.
Whether you’re enjoying some solo time or looking for a family-friendly activity, it’s hard to beat a day of fishing.
If you’ve ever watched someone cruise by standing on what looks like a large surfboard, it was probably a paddleboard.
The tranquil waters of Florida’s west coast are ideal for paddleboarding. It may take a few tries before you find your balance, but don’t worry—the water’s always warm.
You can try paddleboarding almost anywhere, although it’s best to look for a low-traffic area with few (if any) waves. As your confidence grows, you’ll soon be paddling out into the beautiful Gulf.
5. Boating & Sailing
No article about water sports would be complete without mentioning boats.
The number and types of boats on the Gulf Coast are endless. From canoes and paddleboats to sailboats and speedboats, there’s a style (and speed) to suit everyone.
Sign up for a sunset sailing tour along the coast, or try something unique like a glass-bottom boat excursion. It’s the perfect way to enjoy the water without getting wet.
6. Beach Day
When was the last time you enjoyed a good beach day?
Florida is known for its beautiful beaches. In fact, there are local beaches just up the road from Palma Sola Bay Club.
There is nothing better than the warm sun on your back and toes in the sand. Some other beach activities include building a sand castle with your little ones, finding shark teeth and snorkeling for sea life.
Which Water Activities Will You Try First?
So, which of these water activities will become your new favorite?
Whether it’s paddling through a quiet lagoon or sailing through the clear Gulf waters, you’re sure to find a water sport you’ll love.
Of course, getting out on the water isn’t the only way to stay active in sunny Florida. Click here to learn about the area’s most popular land-based activities.