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The Ultimate Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Bucket List

Photo of people parasailing during a Florida Gulf Coast vacation

Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country, offering endless destinations to relax on the beach and have fun in the sun. One destination that should be on everyone’s bucket list is the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast. Whether you are looking for epic water adventures, world-class museums, or memorable family attractions, the Tampa Bay Area has it all. Today, we will be sharing the ultimate Florida Gulf Coast Vacation bucket list, offering experiences that are unique to our slice of paradise.

Stay with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty and enjoy secluded beaches while still being a stone’s throw away from the top attractions in the area.

1. Fly Above the Water with Parasailing

The Florida Gulf Coast is an excellent place to try parasailing for the first time. Fly hundreds of feet above the water with this exhilarating activity that is perfect for the whole family!

Eagle Parasailing in Madeira Beach

Chute ‘Em Up Parasail in Clearwater Beach

Sunset Watersports in St. Pete Beach

2. Catch a Record Size Fish

The Gulf of Mexico offers some of the best deep-sea fishing opportunities year-round, making us the perfect destination for anglers. Common species in our waters include grouper, snapper, kingfish, cobia, shark, barracuda, amberjack, and tuna. Sign up for a Florida fishing charter with any of these companies near the beaches:

Hubbard’s Marina – Plumlee Vacation Rentals sells discounted tickets for Public Fishing Trips.

Captain Bill Fehl’s Fishing Charters 

Go Fast Fishing Charters

Simply Hooked

3. Become a Pirate for the Day

Set out for the high seas with Sunshine Scenic Tours pirate cruise! The crew of rebel pirates will take you on a journey full of water gun battles, treasure hunts, stories, music, and face painting. Read our blog Florida Pirate-Themed Vacation on the Gulf Coast for more information!

4. Visit World-Class Museums

Take a break from the beach and visit world-class museums during your Florida Gulf Coast vacation. There are dozens of museums in the St. Petersburg and Clearwater area, including

The Dali, Imagine Museum, and Chihuly Collection

5. Check Out Tampa Bay Area Attractions

When you stay with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty, you will be a short drive away from the top attractions in the Tampa Bay Area. Buy tickets to attractions directly through us by calling 866-921-1166.

Busch Gardens

Adventure Island

Splash Harbour Water Park – Purchase online on their website or in person.

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

6. Learn How to Sail on the Gulf of Mexico

The calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico offer the perfect setting for visitors to try sailing for the first time. Sign up for sailing lessons with a certified instructor with Clearwater Community Sailing Center or Offshore Sailing School

7. Scuba Dive Past Wrecks, Reefs, & More

The Gulf of Mexico also offers crystal-clear water, ideal for scuba diving and snorkeling. The dive sites from Clearwater to St. Pete Beach offer plenty to explore, including wrecks, artificial reefs, and underwater statues. If you are looking for beginner diving classes, we recommend signing up for trips with Aqua Hands

One of the most unique dive sites is the Circle of Heroes Veterans’ Memorial off the coast of Honeymoon Island. This is the first underwater memorial of its kind, featuring 24 concrete statues honoring veterans.

8. Snorkel in Crystal Clear Water

If you are not scuba certified and still want to explore our underwater world, then snorkeling is for you! Our waters are usually clear, calm, shallow, and perfect for beginners!

Dolphin Snorkeling Cruise

Reel Vibes

Florida Gulf Coast Vacation Rentals

See how many of these activities you can check off your Florida Gulf Coast vacation bucket list when you plan your getaway with Plumlee Gulf Beach Realty. Discover our Indian Rocks Beach and Indian Shores vacation rentals and experience the Plumlee difference today!