Fantasy Island - Boating on Tampa Side

By Published On: July 27th, 2022

Fantasy Island – Boating on Tampa Side

Published on 07/27/22: Meet the incredible Labradoodle, Biscuit! She wanted nothing but to swim and play with the boys yesterday. Friendly, patient and playful, she made our day! Thank you, Jacob and Whitney for sharing Biscuit with us, helping Colt and his buddy Avery have “the best day”. Check out the video.

As you know, here at Loving St Pete I suggest activities, nature parks, playgrounds, great locally owned businesses and also day trips within a 2 hour drive. On an “activity” note, a great perk of living in the Tampa Bay Area is the wide range of boating opportunities. Whether you own your boat or rent, there are so many places to visit!

Boating Near Tampa

While our family generally boats to Bunces, Egmont, Shell or Passage Key, another boating world exists on the Tampa side. Here you can boat near the city, essentially following Riverwalk to great destinations such as Armature Works. The Tampa side also offers sandbars and islands of their own, such as Pine Key (aka Beer Can Island) and Fantasy Island.

Yesterday we chose Fantasy Island. This was a father-son trip with a buddy who suggested the outing with his son. Needless to say, when we returned, Amy had a few questions about “Fantasy Island”. Rest assured, completely kid friendly and made for a fun day! A great place to throw the football, frisbee and of course play with Biscuit!

Pine Key – aka Beer Can Island

While we haven’t visited Beer Can Island yet (few miles south of Fantasy Island), I’m told it’s not as family friendly. Others may be able to chime in here with some additional feedback. On our list to visit one day, for an adults only trip to test the waters.

It’s great living in the Tampa Bay Area and having so many boating options! Thanks for following along!

Fantasy Island: 27.8690° N, 82.4256° W

Pine Key/Beer Can Island: 27.8077° N, 82.4448° W

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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