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Here is a virtual tour of a typical trip out to the island on one of our pontoon boats.

You can click on any picture for a larger image.

Once you leave our marina, your trip begins with a 20 minute idle up our canal - the "Urban Experience" - looking at pretty waterfront house and boats.

Towards the end of the channel you will see some mangroves on the right and several great fishing spots right in our canal.

At the end of the canal you will see five sets of red and green markers - now you can power up the boat, but stay between the markers.

Once at the end of the channel - marker #1 and #2 - you can look back at Gulf Harbors so you know where to come back in again.

In the distance on the left you will see Anclote Key - a very long island. You are going to steer to the right of this island as your destination is North Anclote Sandbar

At first the sand bar is difficult to see because it is very flat, but you will see it before you are half way across the bay. Click the image for a better view.

Once you arrive at the island you can slowly cruise up and down the beach looking for your perfect spot!

The sand bar is made up in two sections, North and South separated by a strip of shallow water at high tide.

The North section has some vegetation on it and lots of beach. Most people deploy two anchors to keep the boat from swinging.

The South section is just pure beach sand. At both sandbars you would anchor in the inside (East side) of the island

You can even find your own tiny little island and share it with the birds!

In between the two sandbars is a shallow strip of water you can swim and play in, it comes right out of the water at low tide and makes one big island.

There is GREAT shelling on the West side of both sand bars.

The sandbars are separated from Anclote Key by a deep strip of water.

Bring your beach chairs and umbrellas for a great day on the beach.

Go for long walks and pick up shells or wade in warm water - the shallows stretch forever!

A five minute boat ride takes you to the North Beach on Anclote Key.

This beach has a primitive restroom. Be careful anchoring here, if there is a West wind it can get quite choppy.

The North beach at Anclote. You may anchor on the North side (in the foreground) but our  boats are not allowed on the west side.

If you're on a full day, you will have enough time to head to the Southern tip of Anclote Island, pictured here.

There is a light house and a nature trail you can experience on the South end.

There is also a lagoon and picnic area and a primitive restroom.

After a glorious day on the beach, it is time to head home to Gulf Harbors, which can easily be seen from the island.

There is a house with a bright red roof which indicates our channel. This house can be seen from miles away.

At marker #10 you make a slight turn and head straight down our canal, slowing down to an idle speed.

Take your time coming down the channel remembering to observe the no wake zone. If you are late, don't speed as the speeding fine is a lot more than our late fee!

Finally returning to our marina where one of our staff will guide you back into the dock.

 Here is a video of the North Sandbar, and yes, the water REALLY is that clear and beautiful!


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Areas our New Port Richey location is close to:

Tampa, Clearwater, Clearwater Beach, St. Petersburg, St. Pete Beach, Palm Harbor, Tarpon Springs, Holiday, New Port Richey, Port Richey, Hudson, Spring Hill, Hernando. Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco and Hernando counties.

We are 2 hours drive from Disney and Universal Studios in Orlando.


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