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Clear Kayak through Scenic Shell Key Preserve

a small boat in a body of water

Embark on a Clear Kayak Adventure in Shell Key Preserve! Dive into a world where nature meets adventure. Navigate through serene mangrove tunnels, bask on untouched white sand beaches, and immerse yourself in the quest for vibrant marine life at the heart of Shell Key Preserve.

Nestled at the southernmost tip of Pinellas County in the Tampa Bay Area, Shell Key Preserve is a treasure waiting to be discovered. Located in the charming town of Tierra Verde, it’s a stone’s throw away from the historic Fort De Soto State Park and the unspoiled beaches of St. Petersburg.

Our journey begins at the iconic waterfront seafood haven, Billy’s Stone Crab. A favorite among locals, this restaurant is strategically positioned on the preserve’s edge, allowing us to seamlessly launch our clear kayaks into the mesmerizing waterways of Shell Key.

As we paddle, if the tide is high, our first enchanting stop is a mangrove tunnel. Here, nature has crafted a canopy of intertwined mangroves, offering a cool shade and a window to a marine world teeming with fish. Look up, and you might spot diverse bird species making their homes amidst the branches.

Next, we set our sights on the pristine beaches of Shell Key Preserve. Accessible only by boat or kayak, these beaches are untouched havens of tranquility. Irma’s Pass, a natural inlet birthed by Hurricane Irma in 2017, channels the crystal-clear waters from the Gulf of Mexico into the preserve. As the sun casts its golden rays, the water sparkles, reflecting the myriad hues of blues and greens from the sandy depths. And for shell enthusiasts, the shoreline offers a rich tapestry of unique shells waiting to be collected.

Our expedition culminates with a serene paddle along Shell Key’s mangrove-fringed coast, a sanctuary for birds. Here, it’s common to spot majestic Great Blue Herons, vibrant pink Roseate Spoonbills, and playful Cormorants swimming beside your kayak.

Guiding you every paddle of the way, our expert guides ensure a safe launch, unveil hidden mangrove secrets, share insights about the local ecosystem, and guarantee an unforgettable experience on the water. Join us and uncover the captivating wonders of Shell Key Preserve!