Boat City Guides: Apollo Beach, Florida

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Ahoy there, fellow boaters! If you’re planning a trip to the Sunshine State and looking for a laid-back boating destination, then Apollo Beach is the perfect spot for you. This hidden gem is located along the Florida Gulf Coast, just south of Tampa, and is nestled on the shores of Tampa Bay and Hillsborough Bay. With its crystal-clear waters, Apollo Beach is a paradise for boating enthusiasts, and there are plenty of things to do in and around this charming little town.

Although Apollo Beach may not have many famous attractions, it’s a fantastic place to explore by boat, with its private boat docks for rent. And let’s be honest, sometimes all you need is a relaxing day out on the water. But if you’re looking for something more, you can explore the area’s local restaurants, small shops, wildlife attractions, or take a day trip to nearby beaches like St. Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach, Indian Rocks Beach or Honeymoon Island. Or, if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can go fishing or snorkeling on the Gulf of Mexico, which is easily accessible from Apollo Beach.

One of the top things to do in Apollo Beach is visiting the Manatee Viewing Center, located at Tampa Electric. This unique attraction is a must-visit if you’re a fan of these adorable sea creatures. The center is particularly popular with manatees in the winter months when they come to bask in the warm waters. The Manatee Viewing Center features a tidal walk and boardwalk trails, observation tower, a ray touch tank, a gift shop, and an education center where you can learn more about these gentle giants. And if you’re a bird watcher, you’ll be pleased to know that the center is part of the Great Florida Birding Trail, where you can spot a variety of winged creatures.

Another must-visit spot in Apollo Beach is the Apollo Beach Nature Preserve, which spans across 63 acres of land. This natural oasis is a haven for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. You can hike through nature trails, go fishing, kayaking, birdwatching, have a picnic, or enjoy stunning views of the St. Pete and Tampa skylines from the observation tower. And if you have a furry friend with you, don’t forget to visit the dog-friendly beach.

So, whether you’re passing through or staying at a private boat slip rental, Apollo Beach is a boater’s paradise that’s worth exploring. With its serene waters, breathtaking views, and unique attractions, this charming little town will steal your heart in no time. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your sunscreen, hop on your boat, and get ready for an unforgettable adventure on Florida’s West Coast! Happy boating!

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