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Florida Pirate-Themed Vacation on the Gulf Coast

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Ahoy, matey! Have you ever dreamt of becoming a pirate for the day? Then we invite you to plan an epic Florida-pirate-themed vacation on the Gulf Coast! Embark on a swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime by attending a historic pirate festival, sailing the high seas, and searching for buried treasure. Arrrgh you ready to plan an unforgettable pirate-themed getaway with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty? Then put on your eye patch, ready yer sea legs, and set out for an unforgettable adventure on the Florida Gulf Coast!

5 Pirate Themed Activities on Florida Gulf Coast

1. Attend the Historic Gasparilla Festival

The Gasparilla Festival is one of the oldest pirate festivals in the country, featuring over 100 years of pirate invasions, parades, and festivities. This celebration is named after Jose Gaspar, the last of the Buccaneers who invaded Florida. 

Gasparilla Festival Events

Gasparilla Festival kicks off on January 28th with the annual pirate invasion, a reenactment of Tampa’s historic pirate invasion led by Jose Gaspar. The parade of pirates full of colorful costumes, festive music, and elaborate floats follows the invasion. Finally, Pirate Fest concludes with six stages of live music.

2. Sail the High Seas on a Pirate Ship Cruise

Climb aboard the Royal Conquest Pirate Ship at John’s Pass with Sunshine Scenic Tours. Once aboard, you will be greeted by a crew of pirates who will take you through an epic day of treasure hunts, pirate stories, and water gun battles.

Pirate Invasion

During Gasparilla, Royal Conquest sets out for the largest pirate invasion in Pinellas County. The ship leads the charge during the Party Pirates on the Rocks that travels from Boca Ciega Bay to Caddy’s Indian Shores. Over 40 boats will invade Caddy’s, taking over the restaurant for a day of live music and pirate-themed fun!

3. Play a Round of Pirate-Themed Golf

Continue your Florida pirate-themed vacation with a round of miniature golf in Indian Shores and Madeira Beach. Smugglers Cove Adventure Golf will take you on an epic adventure through pirate ships, caves, and waterfalls.

4. Search for Buried Treasure

Tropical Treasure Hunt offers a unique opportunity to look for buried treasure. Learn about St. Petersburg’s rich pirate history as you find clues, solve exciting puzzles, and dig for treasure on the beach. Be rewarded with pirate booties like jewelry and authentic pirate doubloons.

5. Learn About the History of Real Florida Pirates

Visit the Tampa Bay History Center and learn about the fascinating history of the real-life pirates that once sailed our waters. Stop by the Treasure Seekers exhibit and see an authentic cannon used on a pirate ship in the 18th century!

Stay near the Best Pirate Adventures in Florida

The perfect Florida-pirate-themed vacation awaits with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty! Our Florida Gulf Coast vacation rentals are conveniently located near Tampa Bay’s most popular attractions. Browse our properties in Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores and unlock your inner pirate in the Sunshine State today!