Our Desoto Kayak Tours Blog provides information about our kayak tour, wildlife, and information about the surrounding Bradenton / Sarasota area.



Stingrays are a group of sea rays, which are cartilaginous fish related to sharks. They are found in coastal tropical and subtropical marine waters throughout the world, including the waters of Florida. Stingrays are known for their flat bodies and long, slender tails equipped with venomous spines, which they use defensively against predators. While they…

Sand Dollars
Sand Dollars

Sand Dollars

Sand dollars are fascinating creatures commonly found along the coasts, including the beaches of Florida. They are a type of sea urchin belonging to the order Clypeasteroida and are known for their distinctive flat, round shape, which resembles a large coin, such as the old Spanish dollar, hence their name. Here are some key points…

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Starfish, or sea stars, are a fascinating and diverse group of marine invertebrates found in a wide range of environments, including the coastal waters of Florida. Florida’s unique marine ecosystems, like the Gulf of Mexico, the Atlantic Ocean, and the vast network of reefs and mangroves, provide an ideal habitat for these creatures. One of…

Horseshoe crabs
Horseshoe Crab

Horseshoe Crabs in Florida

We often see horseshoe crabs during our kayak tours. Our expert guide knows the best places to find these fascinating creatures. Here is some information about these not really crabs. The horseshoe crab, a prehistoric marine arthropod, is an intriguing creature that has captivated both scientists and beachgoers alike, particularly in regions like Florida where…

Manatee next to a kayak on a Desoto Kayak Tour
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Manatees in Florida

Manatees, often referred to as “gentle giants” or “sea cows,” are fascinating marine mammals that inhabit the warm waters of Florida. Known scientifically as Trichechus manatus, these herbivorous creatures are primarily found in coastal areas, estuaries, and freshwater rivers and springs. Florida’s unique ecosystem provides an ideal habitat for manatees, making the state a crucial…

Exotic Mangrove Kayak Tour
Exotic Mangroves


Mangroves are unique and vital ecosystems found in coastal areas of tropical and subtropical regions around the world. These ecosystems consist of salt-tolerant trees and shrubs that grow in the intertidal zones where land and sea meet. Mangroves are remarkable for their adaptability to harsh environmental conditions, such as high salinity, fluctuating tides, and nutrient-poor…

Palmetto Florida Map
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Palmetto Area Things To Do

The Palmetto, FL area offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Located along the beautiful Gulf Coast of Florida, Palmetto provides a mix of outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and opportunities to relax by the water. Here are some Palmetto area things to do: While Palmetto may not be as bustling as…

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Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point Preserve Things to Do

Emerson Point Preserve, located in Palmetto, Florida, is a beautiful natural area offering a variety of activities for visitors to enjoy. Here’s a list of things to do at Emerson Point Preserve: Remember to check for any updated information, regulations, and trail conditions before visiting Emerson Point Preserve. Enjoy the natural beauty and tranquility that…

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Bradenton Things To Do

Bradenton, located on the west coast of Florida, offers a variety of attractions and activities for visitors to enjoy. Here are some Bradenton things to do: These are just a few of the many attractions and activities that make Bradenton a fantastic destination. You can also take a short drive across the Manatee River to…

Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island | Emerson Point Preserve

Anna Maria Island Things To Do

Anna Maria Island is a beautiful barrier island located on the west coast of Florida, known for its pristine beaches, stunning sunsets, and laid-back atmosphere. Here are the top 10 Anna Maria Island things to do: These activities showcase the essence of the island, offering a mix of natural beauty, outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, and…

Emerson Point Preserve Map
Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point Preserve

Emerson Point Preserve is a stunning natural preserve located in Palmetto, Florida. Covering over 365 acres, it is situated at the tip of Snead Island and is bordered by the Manatee River and Terra Ceia Bay. The preserve is named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, a renowned American essayist, philosopher, and poet. It is an ideal…

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Benefits of Kayaking

Kayaking is a popular outdoor recreational activity that involves using a small, narrow watercraft propelled by a double-bladed paddle to navigate through water. The benefits of kayaking are both physical and mental health, as well as for social and environmental well-being. One of the most apparent benefits of kayaking is that it provides a low-impact…

Bird in the exotic mangroves on a kayak eco tour
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What Is a Kayak Eco Tour?

When looking for exciting adventures to do in Sarasota and Bradenton areas, you might stumble upon a Kayak Eco Tour and often wonder what is an kayak eco-tour? It is a tour directed towards exotic, and often threatened natural environments, which are intended to support conservation efforts and observe wildlife. That is exactly what you…

Kayaking Tips include using an expert guide
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Kayaking Tips: What You Should Wear and Bring With You

You’ve booked your kayak tour at beautiful Emerson Point Preserve, and now you’re probably wondering what you should wear, and what to bring with you.  Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are some kayaking tips. At Desoto Kayak Tours, we provide stable kayaks, clean and comfortable life vests, as well as expert local guides…

Emerson Point Exotic Mangrove Tunnels
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Kayak EMERSON POINT Exotic Mangrove Tunnels

Located a short drive away from Sarasota, Siesta Key and Anna Maria Island is beautiful secluded Emerson Point. There you’ll find beautiful gulf views, the Emerson Point Exotic Mangrove Tunnels, and native wildlife (including bottle nosed dolphins and manatees). It’s close enough to all the action yet far enough away to feel like you’re in…

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Kayaking Safety Tips

Kayaking involves a bit more than hopping on the kayak and paddling away into the ocean view. When you go on a tour with Desoto Kayak Tours, your tour guide will give you instructions, so even the most inexperienced kayaker will be able to paddle with ease. But it’s always a good idea to have a…

Desoto Kayak Tour - Kayaking Checklist
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Kayaking Checklist

Kayaking is one of the most popular things to do here in the Tampa Bay area. If you have kayaked here in the past, you know first-hand how many people come out and enjoy these tours. If you haven’t before, there are some things that you should take with you on your fun filled journey….

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8 Reasons Everyone Should Go Kayaking

There’s always something to do here in the Sarasota, Bradenton, and St Petersburg areas. Why not try something other than laying on one of our beautiful beaches? Get out and explore our beautiful area in a way that you can’t by any means other than kayaking. Check out these 8 reasons everyone should go kayaking….

Manatee Kayak Tour
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Three Kayak Tours in One

Did you know, that when you book tours with Desoto Kayak Tours, it’s like getting three kayak tours in one? You will get a manatee tour, dolphin tour and exotic mangrove tunnel tour. We will see many different types of wildlife. When we kayak through the exotic mangrove tunnels, we gain a unique perspective. The…

Exotic Mangroves of Emerson Point
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Exotic Mangroves of Emerson Point

Most people are familiar with the Sarasota & Manatee area because of our beautiful white sandy beaches, specifically Siesta Key Beach. However, there are many other reasons to love our area. We are on the beautiful Gulf of Mexico with exquisite blue waters, warm temperatures and we are abundant with wild life. We see many…

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Kayak Tour Tips

Whether you are an experienced kayaker or a beginner, there are some things to take into consideration before start your kayak adventure. Here are some kayak tour tips to help you have the perfect Desoto Kayak Tour. The sun does not distinguish between a local or visitor to our area. Everyone can get a sunburn…

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Why A Kayak Tour?

So why should you go on a kayak tour with other people versus renting a kayak and going it alone? You can do just that if you want. Here are some reasons why you might what to opt for the tour. Can’t get lost on a kayak tour If you don’t have a map and…



Manatees are a large, gray aquatic mammals often referred to as sea cows. The average adult manatee is about 10 feet long and weighs 800-1200 pounds. They live in fresh, brackish, and saltwater. Where to find manatees They can be found in shallow, slow-moving rivers, estuaries, saltwater bays, and coastal areas. So don’t be surprised…