15 thoughts on “Kayaking in Sarasota, FL

  1. Rick and Jeff

    Any check out Robinson’s Preserve in Bradenton/Anna Maria Island? Heard it was good but havent had time to check it out yet. Would love some feedback regarding the trails. Thanks!

  2. Sandi

    The mangrove tunnels are brillant this time of year. We actually saw manatees and a bunch of live shells. My kids just loved it.

  3. Paula

    Dophin actually jumped over the bow of our kayaks today in Sarasota Bay. I have been kayaking for 10 years and have never seen something so awesome. Unfortunately, it was too fast to get a photo. But the memory will last a lifetime!

  4. Kris

    Below is a brief history of Lido Key, Florida:
    • During the nineteenth century, what is now Lido Key consisted of a series of islands separated by shifting channels. An early immigrant pioneer, Otto Schmidt Zoldan, settled on the islands around the turn of the century and acquired the properties in 1910 under the terms of the Homestead Act.

    • Zoldan later sold his property which, after a series of land transfers, was purchased by John Ringling during the early 1920’s. Ringling planned an ambitious development of his island properties, greatly manipulating the shapes of the islands through moving millions of cubic feet of sand.

    • Because of his interest in Italian culture, Ringling named one of the newly created islands after the Italian word for beach, “lido.”

    • The great Florida Land bust of 1926, however, led to the collapse of the Ringling Isles project and the temporary abandonment of development plans for the southern part of Lido Key.

    • To accommodate the coastal housing boom following World War II, governmental officials in the 1950’s proposed a bridge connecting the southern tip of Lido Key with Siesta Key to the south.

    • Spurred by a growing environmental awareness, the public approved a referendum by a nine to one margin authorizing the County Government’s purchase of the 100-acre parcel for use as a recreational area and public open space.

    • Since the purchase of the unique property in 1974, Sarasota County has constructed facilities to make beach recreation and environmental education more accessible to visitors.

    * Sarasota County Website

  5. Ray Paradise

    I just started a blog with pictures of Robinson Preserve. I am going to post all areas I Kayak.
    go to rayparadise319.blogspot.com
    Would like to team up with others to Kayak with my wife and dog Brady.
    Thanks Ray

  6. admin Post author

    Facts about Manatees

    Description: West Indian manatees are large, gray aquatic mammals with bodies that taper to a flat, paddle-shaped tail. They have two forelimbs, called flippers, with three to four nails on each flipper. Their head and face are wrinkled with whiskers on the snout. The manatee’s closest relatives are the elephant and the hyrax (a small, gopher-sized mammal). Manatees are believed to have evolved from a wading, plant-eating animal. The West Indian manatee is related to the West African manatee, the Amazonian manatee, the dugong, and Steller’s sea cow, which was hunted to extinction in 1768. The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs between 800 and 1,200 pounds.

    Habitat and Range: Manatees can be found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, saltwater bays, canals, and coastal areas — particularly where seagrass beds or freshwater vegetation flourish. Manatees are a migratory species. Within the United States, they are concentrated in Florida in the winter. In summer months, they can be found as far west as Texas and as far north as Massachusetts, but summer sightings in Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina are more common. West Indian manatees can also be found in the coastal and inland waterways of Central America and along the northern coast of South America, although distribution in these areas may be discontinuous.

    Behavior: Manatees are gentle and slow-moving animals. Most of their time is spent eating, resting, and traveling. Manatees are completely herbivorous. They eat a large variety of submerged, emergent, and floating plants and can consume 10-15% of their body weight in vegetation daily. Because they are mammals, they must surface to breathe air. They may rest submerged at the bottom or just below the surface of the water, coming up to breathe on an average of every three to five minutes. When manatees are using a great deal of energy, they may surface to breathe as often as every 30 seconds. When resting, manatees have been known to stay submerged for up to 20 minutes. Manatees can swim up to 20 miles per hour in short bursts, but they usually only swim about three to five miles per hour.

    Lifespan, Mortality, Population: West Indian manatees have no natural enemies, and it is believed they can live 60 years or more. As with all wild animal populations, a certain percentage of manatee mortality is attributed to natural causes of death such as cold stress, gastrointestinal disease, pneumonia, and other diseases. A high number of additional fatalities are from human-related causes. Most human-related manatee fatalities occur from collisions with watercraft. Other causes of human-related manatee mortality include being crushed and/or drowned in canal locks and flood control structures; ingestion of fish hooks, litter, and monofilament line; and entanglement in crab trap lines. Ultimately, loss of habitat is the most serious threat facing the approximately 3,800 manatees in the United States today.

    Breeding and Reproduction: The reproductive rate for manatees is low. Some female manatees do not sexually mature until they are five years of age, and males mature at approximately seven years of age. It is believed that one calf is born every two to five years, and twins are rare. The gestation period is about a year. Mothers nurse their young for one to two years, during which time a calf remains dependent on its mother.

  7. AHKA

    Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures is open throughout the holidays…including, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’ Day!

  8. Kathleen

    Hi, we have lived here for 15 years and this by far was one of the coolest things we have done here!!! Ron is an awesome guide and my friend visiting from Boston thought this was the highlight of her trip. We had some showers during the Mangrove tunnels, but I actually loved that! It really added to the atmosphere and my daughter loved it so much she wants to plan her birthday as a Kayak outing with a group of her girlfriends. So plan on hearing again from us soon,and thanks Ron for making it so much fun. You guys are so professional and yet laid back and I am so glad that you offer such great service!!!!

  9. Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures

    Our Tour Guide, Ron Drynan, is featured on ABC 7 Sarasota discussing the oil spill. Click link to read the article: http://www.mysuncoast.com/global/story.asp?s=12661342

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  10. admin Post author

    Almost Heaven Kayak Adventures will be closed on July 4th due to the offshore boat races on Lido Key.

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