Just a few miles south along the state’s central west coast, is the clear and relaxed waters of Sarasota. From white sandy beaches to the barrier islands, there is so much to be seen in. The Gulf of Mexico provides calm waters near shore as the keys give easy line-of-sight navigation. Keep in mind that this region pin points the southern end of the world’s largest manatee population. At certain times of the year those sea cows are everywhere, it’s a sight to be seen. Be sure to keep an eye out for posted speed zones enforced year round.

For the marine lovers there is the non-profit Mote Marine Laboratory that is a must see when in the area. A while back, Mote Marine Laboratory focused only on sharks. Now they study all facets of the marine environment, and operate a world-class aquarium that is open to the public.

For the boaters, you can moor at Marina Jacks, right in the heart of downtown Sarasota. It offers a full-service fuel dock, and good food such as the Bijou Café or Selva Grill.

There are many beautiful places in Florida to explore out on the water. You just have to take time to search for them.