Kayak Around St. Petersburg: Weedon Island Kayak Trail and More
Written January 10, 2019
The stillness of the water, breaking the glassy surface with each push of the paddle, the rhythmic rowing through lush and exotic surroundings. You don’t have to look hard to find peace of mind on one of the stunning kayak trails surrounding the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay area. Many of these trails are found a short drive from or on St. Pete Beach and offer a wide array of scenery from mangroves to the wide open Gulf of Mexico. Pinellas County’s blue ways paddling guide maps are sure to help you plot out the perfect routes whether you're looking for a little solitude in a secluded area, an interesting vantage point of a sparkling beach, the thrill of getting up close to exotic dwellers of the deep, or just a good workout.
If the expanse of the glittering Gulf is your ideal landscape, look no further than the tiki hut right on the shore of TradeWinds Island Resorts to rent your ocean kayak and hit the water. From there you can glide along the coast with a beautiful view of the shoreline keeping the green waves beneath. Peak over the side to enjoy a plethora of beautiful fish swimming beneath your boat. If you remembered to bring your fishing pole you can combine a little recreation with your relaxation in the form of an unspoiled fishing spot. What makes St. Pete Beach kayaking so unique and special? It provides a front row seat to the most spectacular show on Florida’s west coast, you’re that much closer to a world-class sunset. You might even catch the green flash!
The Wheedon Island kayak trail is an adventurer’s dream. This preserve sits on 1,046 acres of park that was once inhabited by Florida’s earliest native people and explore the shores of Riviera Bay or the South Paddling Trail. The latter features an even more interesting paddle. This particular trail is engulfed in twisting mangrove roots and overgrown brush, leading into swamp-like seagrass beds that are home to tons of marine life that live both below and above the surface.
Friendly West Indian manatees have been known to float along kayakers in this old-school Florida location where they live year round. Other incredible sightings from Wheedon Island kayakers include bald eagles and wood stork. If you are looking to rent a kayak, options like Sweetwater Kayaks sits at the southern mouth of Riviera Bay at 1800 Weedon Drive NE. St. Petersburg, Florida 33702. Some items to certainly bring on your trek include drinking water, a small dry bag to store your cellphone, a hat and sunscreen since the trail takes multiple hours to complete.
Caladesi Island is another seemingly untouched paradise that is perfect for kayakers looking to paddle through crystal clear waters. Unaccessible by land, a trip to undisturbed Caladesi Island will cost you if traveling by ferry but a beautiful kayak ride is an effective alternative with the added bonus of a gorgeous view throughout the trip. Caladesi Island kayaking offers the opportunity to get a glimpse of nearby dolphin pods, roseate spoonbills and other exotic birds. If you need to rent your vessel, may your journey begin at Sail Honeymoon Kayak and SUP rentals. Caladesi Island is a 15 minute paddle from the rental area and well worth it. They also have fishing kayaks available, as well as self-bailing and one to two person rentals. Find them at 61 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, Fl. 34698.
Lastly, Fort Desoto is a kayakers dream. With beautiful old Florida trails, deep-rooted history in the area and stunning wild life just below the surface - this peaceful place is sure to please any kind of paddler. Manatees and dolphins are often sighted by Fort Desoto kayakers, as are many different kinds of native birds. If you book your kayaking excursion through the United Parks Services, a guidebook that tells about the history of the area comes with your self-guided eco tour. Single, double and fishing kayaks in a variety of different styles like sit-on-top and sit-in are available to rent in 1, 2, 4 hours or all day intervals. You can even jump on one of the coolest kayaking trends, a clear bottom to really enjoy a full 360 view.
The natural inlets, warm gulf waters and growth of some of the most beautiful coastal vegetation makes Florida’s west coast one of the best in the country for kayaking. All these incredible trails are also conveniently located close to St. Pete Beach, with resort transportation available from TradeWinds Island Resorts to take you to the trail of your dreams.
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