Florida Circumnavigational Saltwater Paddling Trail SEGMENT 09: TAMPA BAY / LO
Looking for variety of animal life, scenic beaches, fascinating attractions and historic sites? It's all here. This segment starts at Fort De Soto Park, crosses the mouth of Tampa Bay and continues south along the Manatee County coastline before ending at Lido Beach. Crossing Tampa Bay is for experienced paddlers and only in calm weather. Strong currents, large ships and waves are factors in the long open water passage. After arriving at Anna Maria Island, you have two route options, either the Gulf side or Intercoastal Waterway through Anna Maria Sound and Sarasota Bay. Numerous parks and amenities can be found along both routes. The final stop of this segment is Lido Key, famous for its sun-kissed beaches and southwest Florida lifestyle. After the 15 mile paddle from Bradenton Beach, be sure to visit St. Armands Circle for some well deserved upscale dining. Bring a clean shirt!