Floridas Gulf Coast
Florida’s Gulf Coast stretches down the West of the state. There are many
beaches along this coast all with something different to offer. If you like the
livelier commercialised sort of beach, then there is Clearwater Beach or St.
Pete’s. Maybe you would prefer something a little more peaceful and laid back,
then try further south in places such as Ft Myers, Marco Island or even some of
the Florida Keys.
View From Clearwater Pier
Florida Gulf Coast runs alongside the Gulf of Mexico, which is not so tidal as
the Atlantic side and the surf is negligible so no good for surfing
etc but it does cater for all other types of water sport. There is some great
fishing to be had here if you are so inclined. Many Gulf resorts offer fishing
from chartered boats where you can make up part of the party for either half day
or full day. If you want to stay on land but would like to try some sea fishing
then you can fish off of most piers. You can hire rods and buy live bait for
around $20 for the day. Great fun and great value!
Sea Screamer Dolphin Cruise
Jet Ski's or Wave Runners are available all the way down the Gulf Coast but
become less the further south you go. Many Gulf Coast resorts offer Sunset
Cruises and Dolphin Sighting tours although pretty much most of the year they
can be spotted from the shore. One such boat trip is the Sea Screamer at Clearwater Beach, it claims to be the World's
largest Speed Boat. The Dolphins love to play in it's wake. They also give you a
"raincheck" deal in that if you fail to see any Dolphins you get to ride again free.
The Gulf Coast of Florida has a large number of parks such as Caladesi Island
(Voted the USA’s Best Beach in 2008)
Below you can click on the links to find out more about Florida Gulf Coast