I recall recently reading here a post by a member about kayaking off Marco Island & regularly seeing dolphin & turtles.
I would be very interested in doing this with my family during our August visit and I would be grateful if anyone who has done this would post their experiences here.
Specifically, I would like to know how easy it is to paddle a kayak in the Gulf? Of course I realise that this will be weather dependent & we would choose our day accordingly. It is the tides that especially concern me - I know from navigating powered fishing boats around the island how strong the tides can be. I can imagine paddling a little way offshore and struggling to get back to the appropriate part of the beach to return the kayak!
Also, I would be interested to know how far out you have to paddle to stand a realistic chance of seeing a turtle or 2 (I know that dolphins can be found pretty much anywhere). The only times we have seen turtles in the past has been on fishing trips when we have been a mile or 2 offshore!!!
Many thanks in advance for your help & advice.