After my work duties were over in Miami Beach, and having worked during the weekend, I took my weekend on Tuesday and Wednesday and I flew to Tampa on Monday afternoon, to visit a friend who lives in the Palm Harbor Area.
My friend picked me up from the airport, and we rushed home to quickly change and hop on her boat for a sunset cruise. Snacks and drinks were packed already, so all we had to was chase the sun. We dropped anchor in the bay of Three Rooker Island, had time for a glass of wine and some snacks while floating around in the warm, waist-deep water, before the sun started to set. I will let the pics speak for themselves; the sunset views over the Gulf of Mexico were simply gorgeous!
The next day, we went to Weeki Wachee Springs for the prettiest kayak tour I have ever done in my life. The Weeki Wachee River flows 7.4 miles (11.9 km) westwards from Weeki Wachee to the Gulf of Mexico. The river is best known for its spring, which is the surfacing point of an underground river, the deepest naturally occurring spring in the United States. (source: Wikipedia).
We booked our trip with Weeki Wachee Kayaking, which I had a lovely experience with. They drop you off at the starting point, rather than at the end, and while you are driven there, the friendly staff tells you more about the river and the area. Having your car parked at the end is very convenient as there is a lot of parking space. You will also be on your way quickly again when you finish your tour. Plus my friend said it’s a small family owned business, and I like supporting those.
The first bit, while kayaking through the Weeki Wachee Spring State Park, you are not allowed to leave your kayak. After leaving the park, you can find a mini beach at the river banks, ‘park’ your kayak, and go for a swim, have a picnic, or pretend you are Tarzan while swinging on a rope over the river. At some points, they have built small wooden platforms to dive from. The crystal clear green water just begs you for a dip; the water is fresh, plus on a hot day like ours, a swim is really cooling and rejuvenating.
It is also worth having a look around to see what animals you spot: I saw loads of fish, a few turtles and a few birds. If you are lucky, you might also see otters or manatee (both of which unfortunately had a day off when I was there. 🙂 )
I would definitely recommend doing this if you are in the area, and I will let these pictures tell you why: