13 comments on “Rent a Boat to Shell Key
  1. Chris says:

    Would the kayak trip to shell key from desoto be risky for a beginner paddler? What is the easiest and quickest route to take?

    • Jack Coletti says:

      Hi Chris,

      The trip should take under 30 minutes from most nearby launch sites. I would say that the easiest launch is from Tierra Verde. You can make it the whole way to the island without crossing any boating channels.

  2. Priya Bhardwaj says:

    ” By popular request, Blind Pass Boat and Jet Ski now offers overnight kayak rentals for people looking to go camping on Shell Key.”

    They no longer have kayaks.
    These guys do: http://www.pinellaskayakrentals.com/our-rentals.html

  3. steve parker says:

    If I rented a kayak at United Park Services to Kayak to the Camping area of shell key, approximately how long would it take to get there (to the camping site)? Thank you.

    • Jack Coletti says:

      Hi Steve,

      The distance appears to be about 2.5 miles – depending on where you camp. An average kayaking pace is around 2-2.5 knots. So, my math says it would take you a little over an hour to get to the south public use area from UPS.

      Hope this helps. Have fun!

  4. ka says:

    If we are trying to camp overnight can we keep the boat overnight?

    • Jack Coletti says:

      Yes, absolutely. Just be prepared to secure your boat under changing tidal conditions. If it’s a large boat, a double anchor setup is helpful. If you have a small boat and will be pulling it ashore, just make sure it’s far enough from the waterline to avoid high tide. Have a great time!

  5. Dave says:

    If I rent a boat at Blind Pass, what all is there to see while out on the water?

    • Jack Coletti says:

      Hi Dave. Shell Key is, of course, a very popular destination for boaters, but there’s lots to see all over the bay. You can ride around Ft. Desoto – or, if you are feeling adventurous, you can go all the way to Egmont Key where you can explore the old Spanish Forts or visit the lighthouse and Coast Guard Station. Just cruising the intracoastal waterways and the gulf beaches is also a very pleasant way to spend the afternoon. You may see a variety of marine life including dolphin, manatee, stingrays and various fish. It’s also fun to stop by some of the boater friendly restaurants (Sea Critters, the Warf, etc) to grab a bite. If you ask me (and you have), I think that just seeing the St. Petersburg area from a different perspective and spending the day on a boat is it’s own reward. Hope this helps!

  6. Melissa says:

    Is there anywhere nearby to rent kayaks?


  7. ada gallo says:

    Don’t k ow if I am at the right place???
    Will be staying at Ft DeSoto in 2 weeks and would like to rent a small Jon boat or something similar with a motor so we can fish and relax on tne water. Do you rent these or can you reccommend a place I can call.

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