Top 5 Saltwater Adventures in Englewood Florida

Ready for an unforgettable saltwater adventure in Englewood Florida? Argh mateys, pirates and lasses alike, bring the whole family or walk the plank alone. Either way, you'll see why salty locals in Englewood love the water. In fact, you'll find us above it, below it, on it and in it every spare chance we get. Don't miss out on the fun, grab your sunscreen and come along.

Parasail Englewood

That's right, you can enjoy a saltwater adventure above the water in Englewood Florida. picture yourself parasailing above the beautiful Gulf waters of Manasota Key, Stump Pass State Park and Palm Island. Imagine the wildlife you'll see. There's nothing like the view of dolphins, manatees, sea rays and a variety of fish and birds from this perspective. Get outside your norm, take the high road and soar like an eagle. See how a change of scenery can change the way you look at life. It's amazing how relaxing it is to just rise above it all.

Man Overboard Charters

Yep, you can also catch a saltwater adventure below the water in Englewood Florida. There is a lot going on down under and what better way to see it than to just dive right in. Scuba diving with Man Overboard Charters is the way to go if you'd like to get up close and personal to the local ledges, reefs and wrecks. You'll likely see sheepshead, snapper, snook, jacks, grouper and the occasional shark. Want a real pirate adventure to the boneyard? Argh, it's the place to hunt treasure. That's right, you can hunt for shark teeth in the shark teeth capital of the world, according to locals and Chuck Ferrara, president of the Southwest Florida Fossil Society. In an NBC news story he explained that there is a gentle sloping shelf between Englewood Beach, Venice and Nokomis where the current is just right for depositing shark teeth. "There's an old ancient river bottom out there; they call it the boneyard because everything has collected in the bottom of the river." If finding a coveted Megalodon tooth from an ancient giant shark is on your bucket list, check it out about a mile offshore.

Hooked on SUP

Looking for a saltwater adventure on the water in Englewood Florida? Check out Hooked on SUP. Yep, SUP, that's short for stand up paddleboarding. You can take a ride on top of the water with a local hooker at Hooked on SUP. Yep, a hooker, that's salty talk for someone who is absolutely passionate about paddleboarding. Now that you've got the pirate lingo, you're ready for the ride of a lifetime. It's a great work-out, no doubt, but it isn't just physical. It's an experience that you'll feel through and through. It gets in your heart, your mind, your soul. You'll never find better company than dolphins, manatees, starfish, sponges, seahorses, crabs or fish. The hookers, aka guides, are Coastal Florida Master Naturalists who live to paddleboard and spread their knowledge of the local area.

Beach Road Watersports

Here's a real saltwater adventure in Englewood Florida – Beach Road Watersports. You can be both in and on the water with the activities they offer here. Take a sunset charter cruise and let a certified captain ferry you out into the gulf where the dolphins dance as the sun goes down. Or perhaps a guided kayak or SUP tour is more up your alley. Educated and trained guides will take you to some of the most beautiful natural areas in the world. You'll see local aquatic plants and sea creatures of all kinds. Rather go it on your own? You can also rent a waverunner, kayak or paddle board and get salty all day long.

Charlotte Harbor Sailing, LLC

Time to come about matey and head into the wind with a saltwater adventure on the water. Whether you're a salty sailor or a novice, you can do just that at Charlotte Harbor Sailing, LLC. They offer charter tour cruises on a gorgeous 31-foot Catalina sailboat. Your best mates are the Captains, of course and they'll let you take the wheel as first mate too. You can sail as much as you want and bring along six other pirates from your gang. They offer day trips and you can even take an overnight cruise, although it may be spent on the hook, argh.

Shelly Thompson is a USF graduate and has enjoyed writing about Florida for many years. She writes about a variety of topics and has been published on MapQuest Parachute, eHow, Livestrong, GlobalPost, ModernMom and, as well as the Associated Press including NBC, ABC and Fox new