Small town of Bayport is located at the mouth of the Weeki Wachee River. In the end of the Cortez Boulevard you'll find the Bayport Park. It offers free parking lots, restrooms, covered picnic area and two boat ramps with direct access to Gulf of Mexico - main reason to visit the area. It was not easy to find a spot to park our car during our Saturday's visit. Farther ahead there is a fishing pier. Deep Bayport Channel (4 feet or so) connects the area with the sea.
Landscape here has nothing in common with popular Florida images - mudflats covered with brownish grass instead of white sandy beaches, dark channel water instead of blue sparkling sea - but it is paradise for the fishermen and the nature lovers.
Two miles north from Bayport is another small gulfside community called the Pine Island. Were able to reach it without problems in October taking the Pine Island Drive from Bayport. But during hurricane season parts of the roadway are under the water making the area truly island. The mudflats and wetlands on the both sides of the serpentine road evoke images of Venice two thousands years ago - unfortunately I will not live long enough to witness if it happens with the area.
At the west end of the Pine Island Drive we found the Alfred McKethan Park with regular facilities including artificial beach, restrooms, picnic tables, and showers. The beach is built around a 3-acre point of land, admission $4 per vehicle.
We were told that dolphins are frequently seen in the area of the shallow not too salty beach.