Water Activities

Dolphin breaching in boat wake in the Intercoastal Waterway Anna Maria Island

Dolphin breaching in boat wake

Tours and charters

Boat tours and charters are available for deep-sea fishing, dolphin watching, sunset crusing or visits to Egmont Key for shelling, snorkeling, checking out historic Fort Dade or observing the tortoises. 

Depending on the activity you choose, there are options for sailboats, catamarans, cruisers, skiffs or pontoon boats.

Boat Rentals in Cortez

Man and child in small boat next to man on floating dock.


You can be your own captain. H2O Water Sportz and Cortez Watersports both just over the Cortez Bridge rent out skiffs, pontoon boats and jet skis.

Paddleboarding against the backdrop of the setting sun off Anna Maria Island.


Kayaking in Holmes Beach Anna Maria Island Florida


If you prefer to go under your own steam kayaks and paddleboards are available for rent from a number of businesses including Just 4 Fun, AMI Beach Fun Rentals and Fun And More Rentals.

People horseback riding in water near Palma Sola causeway Bradenton Florida

Horseback riding in Palma Sola Bay

Horseback Adventures

A fun activity for the family is horse swimming and horse surfing in Palma Sola Bay just adjacent to Manatee Avenue. Ride along the beach on horseback and venture into deeper water where the horses start to swim, a most amazing experience for the rider. You can book with C Ponies or The Real Beach Horses.

High Octane

For the more adventurous, parasailing is available on Anna Maria Island through YOLO Adventures and Bradenton Beach Parasailing. You can also try flyboarding with Top Gun Flyboards.

Kayaking in canal

Kayaking in the canal