We were content to sit for a bit on the beach...even at that there RE SO MANY GREAT BEACHES.We decided after lunch to head to Bean Point Beach. Its a bit of a secret and even with tons of tourists during busy Spring Break...we found a place to be alone .
White sand and little Coquina Shells.
This is where we started our day trip. Nothings far away so we had no problem finding this walk. Its just at the beginning of gorgeous Coquina Beach. Its a free little protected area and worth a stop. Theres a nice view from the top of the water and a little boardwalk where you can catch a view of the local wildlife.
Sailing, fishing, jet skiing, snorkeling and scuba diving aren't considered exotic here; they're part of everyday life. Championship golf courses and tennis courts are open year-round, and anglers will enjoy fishing from the state's longest fishing pier at the old Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
Nature is showcased at its most stunning in a multitude of parks and beaches. Fort DeSoto Park, located on five islands, rates among the top ten beaches in the United States and is a popular spot for bird watching. Nature-related boat cruises led by trained experts allow visitors to explore the area's different ecological habitats.
Seeing and exporing the Island by water or land is much more enjoyable by bicycle or by kayak. The Island is old florida and moves a little slower. We rented bikes and kayaks from www.FunandMoreRentals.com They deliverd to our vacation home for free and were extremely helpful wiht instructions and directions.
This is absolutly the best exhibition of Dalí I have seen yet! YOU MUST SEE IT!!!
"I believe that I am the savior of modern art, the only one who can sublimate, integrate, and rationalize, in an imperial manner and with beauty, all the revolutionary experiences of modern times."
-- Salvador Dalí /Gerard: Dalí (the "Candy Box" book), p.208 next to fig. 172
Get up close and personal with local sea creatures in Mote Aquarium's "Contact Cove". Meet Molly Mollusk, a 25-foot giant squid specimen; so rare and elusive no one has ever seen one alive! Molly is the centerpiece of the "Mysterious Mollusks" exhibit. Also at Mote: sharks, Sea Cinema, sea turtles, manatees and our newest experience, "Immersion Cinema". Join us on an underwater adventure.
Although St. Petersburg was founded on the edge of Tampa Bay, the city struggled for decades to make its waterfront location a useful one.
From the sparkling blue waters of a modern downtown waterfront to sunsets on the Gulf beaches only a 10-minute ride from downtown, St. Petersburg offers residents and visitors an exciting variety of things to do and places to go. More than 100 lush green parks, boating, fishing, and sailing venues make St. Petersburg an excellent place to live. It's such a great place!
Saint Armand's Circle is a reflection of all things which make the life in Sarasota so pleasant... Street cafés and fine restaurants, shopping in small boutiques, comfortable strolls with an ice waffle in the hand and a breath of the nearby sea in the air.
It is exactly like John Ringling itself once had imagine when he bought Saint Armand's in 1917. Today " the Circle " is one of the most popular spaces of the region, decorated with classical statues from the private collection of the circus magnate ... all reports of the Ringling legacy and the introduction of the arts in Sarasota.
The internal circular flower bed of the Saint Armand's Place honors the circus dimensions of "Greatest Show on Earth" in the Sarasota Circus ring of Fame. From here a coconut tree avenue span up to the Lido Beach. The beach, a dream for every sunbather, spreads out to the south up to the South Lido park. Here you find leisure fun e.g. nature trails, canoes and kayaks as well as picnic tables and not to forget among a nice view over the water.
Located at the end of Pine Ave this is a great fishing spot and for us it offered a great view. Theres a restaurant and gift shop at the end.
We enjoyed watching these Ibis searching for an early dinner. I took so many pictures of them ...it was hard to choose one .
There 's lots to do here , if you get tired sitting on the beach. You can rent just about anything you want, from boats to bikes. We saw these offers just as we crossed the bridge.
There's so many birds to see around Anna Maria Island. I've got no idea what this one is though, maybe a proper twitcher could put me straight.
Take a bottle of wine and your camera to the beach in the early evening and watch the pelicans going crazy as the sun sets.......
The most imporatnt thing - the beach! White sand on it. And birds. Lots of different birds eating fish.