While there’s no shortage of restaurants, bars, golf courses and other “grounded” activities to enjoy on Treasure Island, this southern Florida beach community and vacation destination is best known for its 3 miles of white sand beaches and beautiful, crystalline waters. Hours of lounging in the sun are, of course, a given, but should you decide to put a bookmark in that novel, shake off your towel and take the (literal) plunge, here are some seafaring suggestions for your stay.
For those looking just to dip their toes in the clear and welcoming waters, fishing is a great option for all ages. Hubbard’s Marina (www.hubbardsmarina.com) is just one of many charter options to fish the inshore waters and flats for big tarpon, sharks, snook, trout, Spanish and King Mackerel and more. At many fishing charters, you catch fish or it’s free! Fun for the entire family, fishing is also a great way to see the beautiful array of marine life that Treasure Island has to offer.
Boating/Tours and Cruises
Whether your pleasure is steering the boat or staying on deck to keep watch for manatees, dolphins and other delightful marine attractions, you’ve got options in Treasure Island. At many different rental locations all over the island, you can enjoy a boat rental for just a few hours or all day – whether you want to be First Mate for a day or hire a licensed United States Coast Guard Captain to do the hard work for you (it’s vacation, after all!). Look into dolphin tours for the chance to see these whimsical sea creatures for yourself on a guided tour. Since Page Terrace Beachfront Hotel is very close to Tampa, it’s also worth the quick trip over to Speed Boat Adventures (www.TampaSpeedBoatAdventures.com) to drive your own speedboat while following a guide to experience the thrill for yourself.
Parasailing, Wave running and Jet skiing
For the adventurous, parasailing, wave running and jet skiing in the gorgeous and placid waters of the Gulf of Mexico are not to be missed. Not only is it an excellent opportunity to spend some time in the water, but a great chance to try something new and exciting. And don’t forget about the great photo opportunities! Those looking skyward can find parasailing at several nearby locations, while wave running and jet skiing can be found at Island Marine Rentals (islandmarinerentals.com).
Whether tandem or solo, ocean kayaking is not to be missed by those who consider a little leisurely outdoor activity to be the definition of a good vacation! Contact Dolphin Marine at 727-360-8408 to rent kayaks for 2 hours, 4 hours or (if you’re ambitious) a full day. Advanced reservations are recommended, as kayak availability is limited.
For more information on how to best profit from your stay on Treasure Island and all the opportunities available to you during your stay, check out the list on our website. To book a room at the Page Terrace Beachfront Hotel for your vacation this summer, visit our website or call us at 1-800-519-0853.