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With some of the most beautiful azure waters in the US all around you, it's no wonder that the choices of water sports are as abundant as the aquatic wildlife. Whether its deep sea fishing, sailing on Gulf breezes or cruising Sarasota Bay at sundown, you'll create lasting memories on these beautiful waters.
Cannon's Marina
6040 Gulf of Mexico Drive 941-383-1311

For those that like to captain their own boat, head to Cannon's, an award-winning marina right up the road from SeaSide Garden Retreat on Longboat Key. Their mission is "every customer is satisfied every day." This is quite a feat, since this family-owned business has been here since 1955. Cannon's Marina is a full service marina, offering rentals of Grady-White Boats, Scout Boats and Cobia Deck Boats, all powered by Yamaha engines. Whether you want to fish, ski or sightsee, they have the boat for you. Please call for reservations.


The Enterprise Sailing Charters
Docked at Marina Jack's Bayfront on U.S. 41 in downtown Sarasota.
941-951-1833 / 888-232-7768.

Sail on a 41 ft tall-masted Morgan ketch with three sails on the crystal blue waters of Sarasota Bay and Gulf of Mexico. They offer affordable 2, 3, and 4 hour sails that provide quiet moments for basking in the warmth of the sun, watching dolphins swimming alongside the boat or just experiencing the calming effects of the breeze whispering through the sails. For those romantics in the group, they offer sunset sails. Food and beverage provided. In business over 20 years, licensed and inspected by the US Coast Guard. Please call for reservations


Flying Fish Fleet
At Marina Jack's Charter Boat Row on U.S. 41 in downtown Sarasota.

Deep Sea fishing is very popular in this area and the choices are many. A well-established choice is The Flying Fish Fleet. They offer three large vessels for fun fishing trips into the Gulf of Mexico. Half day, all day and sunset fishing trips are offered along with necessities such as poles, bait and licenses. They are also available for private parties and charters. Please call for reservations.


12507 Cortez Road, Cortez (South side of Cortez Bridge at Cortez Fishing Center) 941-792-5835

Sport fishing in deep sea or intercoastal waters with fun, experienced USCG captain on a fully equipped charter boat. Very family friendly. All day or half day packages are available or you can custom your own charter. Call for reservations.

Sunshine Skyway State Fishing Piers
Located at the Skyway Bridge off I-275, (941)-729-0117

Want to go deep-sea fishing but don't want to rent a charter? Why not fish off the world's longest fishing piers? When they built the new Sunshine Bridge over Tampa Bay, they left major sections of the old bridge in place, creating this popular fishing destination. They are about 45 minutes north of SeaSide Garden Retreat off I275. Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Bait and tackle, pole rentals, beverages and snacks are available and a fishing license are not required. You can't beat this fish'n deal.