Did you know that three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered in water? Not only that, but 50-80% of Earth’s wildlife lives exclusively beneath the ocean’s surface. That’s why you should try scuba diving during your St. Petersburg, FL trip: to discover a side of the world you’ve never visited.
Don’t get us wrong: there are plenty of amazing things to see on land. However, scuba enables you to see amazing sights that other tourists probably won’t ever see.
If you’re looking for a great company for scuba training or scuba trips, look no further than Gulfport Dive Center. The Dive Center, located just outside St. Pete in beautiful Gulfport, offers a variety of training and dive opportunities.
If you’re here on an extended vacation (more than a week), you can actually start at the very beginning and work your way up to certification through classroom, pool, and supervised training dive experiences. Experienced divers seeking advanced certification can sign up to continue their journey toward Advanced Diver, Master Diver, and even Dive Pro. Those of you with sufficient levels of training can also go on guided dives in the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulfport Dive Center has a listing of their upcoming dive schedule.
If you like the idea of a watery adventure, but don’t like the idea of scuba diving, why not try your hand at kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding? There are numerous places throughout the Gulfport and St. Pete area to paddle around.
Kayak Nature, for instance, offers an outstanding half-day excursion through the area. You start off with a free lesson to learn the ins and outs of kayaking and paddleboarding. After that, you take a leisurely two-hour paddle through shallow lagoons and shady mangrove tunnels at the 180-acre Clam Bayou Nature Preserve. The area offers an abundance of wildlife to watch. Afterwards, you have the option of paddling for another 25 minutes to the Gulfport Beach. Once at the beach, you can pull your boats ashore and choose your next move: swim, picnic, relax on the beach, or even leave the boats where they are and explore Gulfport’s many shops and restaurants. This kayaking adventure is considered safe for all ages, and utilizes stable and user-friendly sit-on-top kayaks.
All of that exertion builds up an appetite. Once your afternoon adventure ends, head over to Isabelle’s, our in-house restaurant offering delicious New Southern cuisine. Rand McNally must’ve been particularly big fans; they awarded Isabelle’s their “Best of the Beaches” and “Best of the Road” awards. Besides delicious food and drink, Isabelle’s also offers live music 4 nights per week. On Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, pianist John Shirley treats diners to a collection of favorites. On Saturdays, Dale Williams sings Sinatra (and others). We hope you’ll join us!
After dinner, retire to your beautiful accommodation here at the Historic Peninsula Inn. We offer a variety of suites to meet the needs of everyone, from the solo business traveler to the family of four touring Old Florida. We’d love to have you!
Before you arrive, make sure you download our FREE Gulfport Vacation Guide! The guide gives travelers an insider look at Gulfport and the surrounding area so you can make the most of your vacation!