Tampa Bay Area Destinations

Discussion in 'Southeast' started by PeteL, Apr 9, 2018.

  1. PeteL

    PeteL Member

    54
    Aug 2, 2010
    Tampa, FL
    2005 240 Sundeck for sale
    2003 280 DA... Soon
    Mercruiser 5.0 260 hp with BIII drive

    Soon twin 5.0, bravo 3's
    We are moving up from a Sundeck to a Sundancer 280, and I am looking for good day trips and short overnights in the area. We are in Apollo Beach and are new to cruising. So I need to start the boss off with easy trips to get her used to going further than our normal day on the Sundeck. Thanks for taking time to reply. Should have the Sundancer by the end of April, pending the inspection.
     
  2. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    150
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    we are in Sarasota and love staying out on the hook. Lots of places.. Egmont Key, Jew Fish Key, Sarasota Bay and Big Pass to name a few..
     
  3. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    211
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    As far as marinas go, we have stayed the night/weekend at Tampa Marriott Waterside, the Vinoy, Harborage Marina near downtown st. Pete, and Little Harbour. We loved the Marriott and the Vinoy. You get full access to the hotel amenities, so after boating for the day, you can come back to a nice swim in the pool or visit the spa. We go to Bunces Pass on day trips, it is really protected over there, so even when the bay is rough, the water is pretty smooth, typically this water is like glass. That’s probably pretty far coming from Apollo Beach, but it is a great place to spend the night, since it is so protected. If you need to know where this is, I can upload an image from my Navionics map.
     
  4. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    211
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Where is Jew Fish Key?
     
  5. Happy Dayz

    Happy Dayz Active Member

    150
    Jun 26, 2017
    Sarasota, FL
    '06 260 Sundancer, 6.2, BIII, Kohler 5kw
    79' classic Kona Family Cruiser jet boat..
    6.2 w/ BIII, 502 w/ Berkekley
    at the north end of Longboat Key at the pass before Bradendon Beach/Anna Maria... nice and protected there.. also a big spot for sandbar hangout
     
  6. k9medic

    k9medic Member

    484
    Mar 27, 2013
    Florida
    2005 23' twin engine jet boat
    1998 420 Aft Cabin
    twin jet 160hp.
    twin 3116 CATs
    Don't forget Caladesi Island State Park.
     
  7. Todd320

    Todd320 Member

    211
    Jul 21, 2016
    St. Petersburg, FL
    2007 Sea Ray 320DA
    Twin V-drive 5.7L 350 Horizon
    Caladesi is nice, took 4 hours to get there from st pete, next time I will go to the gulf and get away from the no wake zones and the intercoastal! We stayed there last year over Memorial Day and came back on a Tuesday, that was great, basically 0 people at the park on Monday night. Very inexpensive.
    HappyDayz, thanks for the location. We are going to stay at Longboat Key Club Moorings in May for 3 nights, and I was looking for some good day spots.
     
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