Tampa Bay’s beaches are home to some of the most beautiful year-round weather in the world. Nowhere else can you enjoy the outdoors virtually 365 days-a-year, with sunny skies and plenty of fresh, clean air to fill your lungs. It’s why people who live here year-round enjoy a highly-active lifestyle, especially when it comes to water recreation. Luckily for visitors, you too can enjoy some fun-in-the-sun on the water too!
Kayaking is a great way to explore the natural scenery in places like Fort DeSoto. You can also do some exploring on the intracoastal of Boca Ciega Bay, which encompasses St. Pete Beach, South Pasadena, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, Redington Beach, Indian Rocks, and Belleair Beach before feeding into Clearwater Harbour. While this article isn’t intended for marathon kayakers, there certainly is no shortage of waterways to explore!
You can rent single and tandem kayaks for anywhere from $ 40 to $ 60, depending on whether you want a single kayak, tandem, half-day or full-day rental. As with all activities on the water…safety is important. Be sure you understand how to maneuver your kayak and wear a life jacket, which is typically included in your rental. Be sure to bring water with you as well, and know the route you’re taking, including places to stop, so you don’t encounter any surprises or get lost.
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Stand-Up Paddle Boarding has been around in the U.S. since the 1960s but it wasn’t until the early 2000s that it became popular among surfers and eventually made its way into the mainstream world. Surfers used it as a way to enjoy surfing when there was no surf. It offers a scenic view of the area and provides a great core workout. It’s far easier to pick up and less demanding on the body than surfing, and it’s low-impact, so older adults can enjoy it too.
You can think of it as a combination of surfing and kayaking. There are several companies offering stand-up paddle board lessons and rentals. Usually you can choose from a half-day rental to a full-day rental. Rentals are typically around $ 40 for a half-day and 2 hours of instruction plus play-time costs around $ 60. If you’re experienced, you can enjoy up to 8 hours on the water for $ 60.
Talk about a rush! Riding a waverunner is one of the most invigorating recreational activities on the water. It requires some skill and likely a tutorial before use, and you have to know what you’re doing, but once you have that down, you will love it. You can go by yourself, or use a two or three-seater! You’ll just have to determine who drives (or take turns!)
Waverunners are more expensive to rent than paddle boards or kayaks. You can expect to pay around $ 45 for a half hour, but you can also score a pretty good deal for $ 115 and ride for 2 hours. Be sure to wear a life jacket and follow the instructions you’re given, including following the speed limit and paying attention to signs designating shallow wakes. Waverunner accidents do happen and can be very dangerous, even fatal when there’s carelessness.
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