‘Tis The Season for Fireworks

‘Tis The Season for Fireworks

Happy 4th of July, boaters! With the long holiday weekend right in front of us, we wanted to give you a heads-up and a roundup of some of the best fireworks displays around the marina, and how to catch them. The Bradenton Marauders’ Independence Day Celebration Sunday, July 3 | 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Maybe you can’t stay for the holiday itself, or maybe you just want to catch a baseball game while you’re here. On Sunday, the Bradenton Marauders host the Tampa Tarpons for their annual Independence Day game, with all the fun of the regular season plus souvenir T-shirts for the first 1,500 guests through the gate and a post-game fireworks show. Check the Marauders’ website for tickets and availability. Red, White, and Boom at The Bishop Monday, July 4 | 6 - 10 p.m. This year, the Bishop Museum is hosting a family-friendly, all-ages event with some of the best views of the Manatee River you’ll find. You’ll have plenty of room to...
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Around The Marina: 3 Spots for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Around The Marina: 3 Spots for Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner

Whether you’re a year-round local or just in the area for a vacation, you’re bound to wonder at some point, “What’s for dinner?” It’s a good question, but (obviously) grabbing something to eat isn’t just for sunset after a day on the water. Below we’re highlighting three local spots not too far from the marina to keep you covered and full all day long. And who knows? Stay long enough for dessert and you might run into just the person with all the best hidden fishing spots. Breakfast: D’s Breakfast and Burgers 423 10th Ave W, Palmetto, FL 34211 Open for the early birds, D’s is just west of the marina and just a few blocks away from the river. From 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. you can stop by for breakfast, lunch, or an early dinner, from country-style skillet breakfasts and traditional house-special plates to half-pound burgers, specialty sandwiches, and D’s “mighty melts.” (And don’t worry–D’s also has a few items on the...
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Best Florida Cruises and Boat Tours

Best Florida Cruises and Boat Tours

If you’re looking for some of the best waterways to explore in the country, look no further than the sunshine state. Florida features over 1,800 miles of coastline and 12,000 miles of rivers and streams. Some visitors bring their own boat or opt to rent one, but there are other options for travelers such as taking a cruise or boating tour.  Here are some of the top cruises and tours that you’ll want to check out in sunny Florida: Tarpon Springs Take a boat tour from the Tarpon Springs Sponge Dock where you tour the Anclote River while learning some history about Tarpon Springs. You will also be able to gaze out on the gulf waters and spot dolphins as well as make a stop on the beautiful Anclote Key, a white sand barrier island that is only reachable by boat.  Celebrity Spotting at Miami Beach Many celebrities pay millions of dollars for a home with waterfront views in Miami. If you want to see...
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Best Boating in Florida

Best Boating in Florida

Florida, also known as “the sunshine state,” is often thought of as the boating capital of the world. This makes perfect sense because of the sunshine and plenty of access to water.  There are many amazing and beautiful spots for boating in Florida, but these are some of the most gorgeous and  highly-rated locations: Florida Keys The Florida Keys offers variety and a sense of paradise for boaters. It consists of several beautiful islands with off-shore and in-shore fishing, sandbars, warm, clear water, and multiple reefs for snorkeling and diving. Additionally, the Florida Keys has many dining options to choose from and great diversity within communities.  Charlotte Harbor Charlotte Harbor is almost like a smaller version of the Florida Keys. It boasts tons of islands, beautiful, uncrowded beaches, and is a dream come true for boaters! You’ll also find some iconic places here such as Sanibel Island, Boca Grande, Cabbage Key, North Captiva Island, and Useppa Island. Jupiter/Palm Beach Jupiter/Palm Beach is one of the nicest areas...
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Fourth Annual Chad Day Fishing Tournament Set For April 10

Fourth Annual Chad Day Fishing Tournament Set For April 10

The fourth annual Chad Day Fishing Tournament will be held on Sunday, April 10th at the Tarpon Bay Grill and Tiki Bar, located at 7150 Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243. The family-friendly tournament will kick off on Saturday, April 9th after the mandatory captain’s meeting, held at the Tarpon Bay Grill and Tiki Bar, at 3PM. All anglers are encouraged to attend, but at least one member of each team must be present. The catch and release tournament includes snook, redfish, and trout and all entry photos must be submitted by Sunday at 2PM. The entry fee per boat is $280 for up to 4 anglers. Each additional angler is $70, with a max of 6 people per team. A total of $6000 worth of prizes will be awarded to tournament winners. For each species, first prize will receive $1000, second $700, and third $300.  The event will also include raffles, silent auctions, and live music. Raffle tickets can be purchased 11AM-6PM...
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South Florida Kayak Fishing Spots

SOUTH FLORIDA: ARE YOU FISHING FOR NEW KAYAK SPOTS? We all agree that fishing is fun and highly relaxing, like Kayaking. Summertime is fast approaching. Get your kayak and fishing gear ready, here are some great spots to go for a good time and even better kayak fishing. Located in the northern-most city in Palm Beach County, Jupiter brings you Loxahatchee River. Try not to get lost in the beautiful scenery it offers, (or perhaps do try). The slow flowing river makes it a perfect destination for laid-back fishing. The river remains one of the waters with wild ecosystems. It offers a mixture of fresh and saltwater fishes that allows catching different species of fish. You can get lucky and catch largemouth bass, common snook, and more!  Florida is dubbed as the fishing capital of the world. Visiting Lake Okeechobee is something that you would need on your kayak bucket list, hands down. The river covers an enormous space of 730 square miles. It...
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5 Waterfront Restaurants Around Bradenton

5 Waterfront Restaurants Around Bradenton

Is there anything better than enjoying a wonderful meal outside near the water? There are numerous restaurants in the Bradenton area with delicious bites and beautiful water views. Here are some of our local favorites: Riviera Dunes Dockside Social Bar and Grill 102 Riviera Dunes Way, Palmetto; 941-304-3689; rivieradunesdockside.com Of course we have to start with our closest outdoor eatery, the Riviera Dunes Dockside Social Bar and Grill! Overlooking our marina, the restaurant offers ample patio seating and an outdoor bar. Enjoy live music and daily happy hour specials as well as brunch every Saturday and Sunday from 11:30 - 3PM.  Caddy’s801 Riverside Drive E., Bradenton; 941-708-3777; caddys.com Caddy’s in Bradenton is a tropical paradise perfect for the whole family. Enjoy lawn games, beach volleyball courts, firepits, and live music. The menu features beachy American eats and there’s truly something for everyone. Those craving seafood can enjoy the Grouper Reuben or Sesame Crusted Ahi Tuna. They also have various salads, burgers, and delicious shareable appetizers. Riverhouse...
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Cortez Fishing Festival Returns February 19-20

Cortez Fishing Festival Returns February 19-20

The Cortez Fishing Festival will be returning for its 40th annual event this weekend, February 19-20. The festival is held in the small fishing village of Cortez and aims to celebrate the region’s history and those who work hard to supply fresh local seafood. Tickets are $5 per person and children 12 and under may attend for free. The event was first held in 1981 as a 1-day festival and drew 500 people to celebrate Florida’s commercial seafood industry. The festival has since grown into a 2-day event and hosts nearly 20,000 people each year. Walking around Cortez is like stepping back in time and visitors can enjoy the charm of the small cottages and friendly locals. Organized by the Florida Institute of Saltwater Heritage (FISH), the festival will include live music, arts and crafts, seafood, and much more throughout the weekend. The University of Florida is hosting educational “dock talks” and the public is welcome to explore local fishing boats and...
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Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1

Seashell Season in Sarasota: Part 1 There’s no end of amazing discoveries to be made in Sunny Sarasota! Are you looking for some of the best shelling spots in Sarasota? Keep reading to find your unique vacation souvenir!    One of my most treasured memories as a child was diving for sand dollars in Sarasota! Every evening, my siblings and I would run down to the beach and scatter everywhere, searching for the best shell to bring in. The crowning jewel of these shells was the sand dollar. I had many unforgettable memories, diving under the tropical waters for hours, all for the famed sand dollar. I never did find one of my own! My older sister had a knack for it - everytime she dove under, she would come up with another pristine sand dollar. Of all my childhood memories, shell searching in Sarasota was my favorite pastime.    Seashells are some of the oldest inhabitants of the earth, and a prized treasure! While...
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Vacation Savings: Sarasota Big Pass

Vacation Savings: Sarasota Big Pass

Vacation Savings: Sarasota Big Pass Are you preparing for your Sarasota vacation this September and looking for the hottest deals? Consider purchasing a Sarasota Big Pass for the best vacation yet! See below all of the ways you can use your Sarasota Big Pass to explore this season.  What you need to know about the Sarasota Big Pass: The Sarasota Big Pass offers many opportunities for more fun on your vacation this fall! A limited-time deal, this pass has three different categories to explore Sarasota with: Buy One Get One Free! 25% Off $5 Discounts   See the Sarasota Big Pass site here for more information about deals around Sarasota!   Sarasota Big Pass: BIG savings on your vacation! This limited-time discount program is able to be used at participating local Sarasota businesses. Your pass is good  for one discount per person, per transaction - and here’s the best part: you can redeem your deals as many times as you’d like! Found a favorite restaurant or local fun spot? With the...
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