When visiting Florida, you are simply spoiled for choice with places to visit and things to keep you entertained. One of the often overlooked offerings are the nature and water sports activities on offer. Today I’m going to highlight for you some of my favorite water-based options that you can enjoy on your next trip.
Diving and Snorkelling
Diving may not be the first thing that comes to mind for a Florida vacation, but there are many great dive sites throughout the state. A unique option is cave diving at Devil’s Den and the Blue Grotto, which you can visit on the same day. It’s a renowned area for some of the best diving in the state. If you are visiting between May and September, you can swim with majestic turtles in West Palm Beach. It’s not unusual to see dozens of them during this time as you are swimming along. Also, the Florida Keys are an incredible snorkelling spot, with many colorful tropical fish.
Sunset Dolphin Tour
If you are looking to see dolphins in their natural habitat, book a tour with a reputable company. The best areas for these tours include Destin, Naples and St. Augustine, but there are options throughout the state. It’s such a joy and pleasure to see dolphins leaping alongside your boat, and cruising at sunset offers a romantic experience for couples.
Swimming with Manatees
Crystal River is the must-visit place if you are hoping to see manatees on your trip. I’d highly recommend getting up early and taking the first tour of the day. The early morning will be well worth it for the empty waters. Between November and April, you have the best chance of seeing these beautiful creatures, which can be up to 10 feet in length. You can snorkel with them, but do be aware that you aren’t allowed to touch them at all, as they are a protected species. The Crystal River is a really great place for beginners to snorkel, with waters as clear as the name suggests!
For a fun activity for the whole family, visit Ichetucknee Springs State Park, which offers tubing through six miles of wetlands. With clear, warm waters, it will take you about three hours to drift through the park. It’s a really relaxing escape from what may otherwise be a busy vacation!
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
If you’ve never tried SUP before, Florida offers many great opportunities and tours for beginners. Key West and other beach areas are the perfect places to take a lesson or beginner’s tour. This is one of the most relaxing and enjoyable ways to see the true beauty of Florida.
As you can see, there are so many great options for water sports in Florida. And speaking of water-based activities, another great way to spend the day is with a half- or full-day Cape Coral Fishing Charter at Blue Line Fishing. Regardless of where you are staying in the state, enjoy travelling between the different beaches and state parks to see all Florida has to offer on your next trip.