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Immerse yourself in nature at Bradenton, Florida’s kayaking hotspot

Immerse yourself in nature at Bradenton, Florida’s kayaking hotspot

Swap the sofa for a kayak this winter and embark on a sunny adventure on the crystal clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico

Paddle your way through Florida’s diverse natural landscape, admiring Bradenton’s world-class nature reserves, stunning lagoons and abundance of wildlife for a perfect outdoor winter sun break.

Located between St Petersburg and Sarasota on Florida’s west coast, Anna Maria Island and Longboat Key, and their coastal companions, Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch, are treasured for their authentic Old Florida charm, breathtaking scenery, funky dining and shopping districts, plus 16 miles of sugar-white sands.

Kayaking is a great way to explore what Bradenton has to offer. The calm waters of the Gulf of Mexico make the location a safe spot for people of all ages to take to the water, and guided tours of the area are available.
 Explore Bradenton’s Robinson Preserve by kayak, boasting 487 acres of preserved coastal marshland, allowing visitors to appreciate some of Florida’s most beautiful ecosystems. A five-mile kayaking trail runs through the natural landscape, and there are also hiking paths, bridges and picnic spots.

Home to over 100 species of birds and 75 species of fish, the preserve attracts a variety of rare wildlife, including wood storks, white pelicans and bald eagles. It is possible to scale the 40ft observation tower for a terrific view of nature at its best.

Seven nights at Tortuga Inn Beach Resort costs from £1,340pp including return flights from London Gatwick to Tampa on British Airways, plus car hire. Price based on two people sharing on room only basis. Departures in November 2013.

For more information visit www.americaasyoulikeit.com

For further information on Bradenton/Anna Maria Island/Long Boat Key visit www.bradentongulfislands.com

About The Author

Mike Cowton

Michael Cowton, an outdoors writer, editor and photographer with a passion for nature-based travel and wildlife. He is a former editor of EcoTravel, Outdoor Pursuits, Camping, Lakeland Walker and Which Motorcaravan magazines, and national newspaper journalist.

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