• Room to Roam: Florida’s Adventure Coast Open Water Awaits

    Beautiful weather, calm seas, nature and lots of hungry fish. What could be better?

    Enjoy a water day your way. Launch your own vessel, arrange a rental or charter a trip with a local guide; the choice is yours on Florida’s Adventure Coast. Hernando Beach and Weeki Wachee marinas welcome you with freshly scrubbed open-air boats of different types and sizes perfect for enjoying the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.

    At the Hernando Beach Freedom Boat Club, members are greeted with boats that are clean, fueled and ready.

    In keeping with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Executive Order about safety and social distancing, ensure that your boat has no more than 10 people aboard and maintains a minimum distance of 50 feet from other vessels. Allow ample time and space between each launch at public boat ramps.

    Whether under power or paddle, find uncrowded places to launch your Gulf of Mexico-area voyage. Available for larger sized power boats are public boat ramps at Hernando Beach and Bayport Park. Both feature poured multi-lane concrete ramps rated in good to excellent condition with adjacent boat trailer parking. Gulf-access boat ramps suited for small vessels are located at Jenkins Creek and Rogers Park.

    Consider time and tide if setting off by kayak, canoe and paddleboard from county parks at Jenkins Creek, Linda Pedersen or Bayport Park; all are points along the mapped Bayport – Linda Pedersen Coastal Paddling Trail.

    Seagrass Area Sign, Gulf of Mexico, Bayport

    There are plenty of sights to see as you cruise along the saltmarsh shoreline or follow the channel to favored fishing spots offshore. Thanks to relatively shallow Gulf of Mexico topography, Florida’s Adventure Coast is home to some of the world’s most abundant seagrass meadows.  Our shallow water allows ample sunlight through for photosynthesis. Gaze over the boat side to view seemingly endless expanses of waving grasses beneath the water it helps to keep crystal clear. In fact, among the many benefits to seagrass are its coastal erosion control and impressive carbon absorption, helping water clarity.

    FWC Scallops in grass FL Adventure Coast

    On your boat ride, watch for some inhabitants of the coastal and seagrass ecosystem. Seagrasses provide shelter and food to an incredibly diverse community of animals, from tiny invertebrates to large fish, crabs, turtles, marine mammals and birds. And, on Florida’s Adventure Coast, summertime means it’s the place where scallops hide out, ready to be discovered and grabbed by swimmers as they zig-zag away.

    While gazing out over the vast open water, watch for dolphins as they leap gracefully along their way.

    Along the mangrove-rimmed bayous, offshore and around artificial reefs, cast for exciting catches like redfish, snook, grouper, cobia, sheepshead and mackerel. Thanks to area abundance, spotted sea trout and redfish catches are not restricted here to catch and release.

    Bayport Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail Sign 2 Paddlers

    Coastline touring by kayak is a quiet way to experience the wide-open outdoors. Sweeping through the saltmarsh brings nature up-close. Watch the shoreline and treetops for wildlife and possible sightings of bald eagles, manatees, river otters, a variety of shorebirds and more.

    On Florida’s Adventure Coast, a beautiful natural coastline, thriving seagrass meadow ecosystem, great fishing and an uncrowded section of the Gulf of Mexico invite water adventurers. Plan your water adventure on Florida’s Adventure Coast and find plenty of room to roam.

     Boat on Gulf of Mexico Floridas Adventure Coast

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