We all believe we live in "paradise." Why not hop on a boat and go see for yourself!
These are some of the surrounding islands around Tampa Bay with so many great experiences for a day trip.  These are some favorites from Captain Justin.

Anclote Key: State Park, Pasco County
Located: N. 28 11.16’  W. 82 50.44’  (near Tarpon Springs)
Lighthouse, camping, primitive, four islands: Anclote Key, North Anclote Bar, South Anclote Bar, Three Rooker Island.

Caladesi Island: State Park, Pinellas County
Location: N. 28 02.95’  W. 82 82.07’
Bayside marina or offshore anchoring. Boaters must register before sundown. Pay to play island.

John’s Pass Sandbar: Pinellas County, Treasure Island Area
Located: N. 27 78.93’  W. 82 77.66’
Boat party every weekend. Restaurants and bars close by. Draw bridge.

Bunces Pass Sandbar: South St. Pete
Located: N. 27 65.07’  W. 82 74.71’
Within Fort Desoto County Park. Nice cove.

Egmont Key: State Park, Hillsborough County
Location: N. 27 36.03’  W. 82 45.62’  (mouth of Tampa Bay)
Lighthouse, 1858 war history, trails, beaches.

Passage Key (aka "Naked Beach”): Hillsborough County
Location: N. 27 55.56’  W. 82 74.31’
Just south of Egmont Key. Our only “free spirit” island. The most beautiful water in the Gulf of Mexico until you get to Key West. 
Bird Sanctuary. Access is prohibited and illegal to walk on dry land. 

Beer Can Island (aka "Pine Key Island”): Hillsborough County
Location: N. 27 80.77’  W. 82 44.48’  (inside Tampa Bay)
Tiki bar, waterslide, manmade island. 

"So many great restaurants to stop at and have lunch along the intercoastal waterways from Clearwater Beach to St. Pete Beach." — Fun Tip

If you are looking to rent a boat or jet ski, check out a few recommended by locals. 

Tampa Boat and Jet Ski Rentals
7627 West Courtney Campbell

Riverwalk Boating Company
333 S. Franklin St. Boat Slip 16

Carbon Cat Charters
Captain Justin