Howard Park Beach offers kayaks, Stand Up Board; Bring your own or rent and get onto the Gulf of Mexico
Howard Park and Beach (Fred Howard Park) located along the Gulf of Mexico in Tarpon Springs, Florida is a quiet, beautiful spot. Entering the park you’ll feel the rough and native Florida of evergreens and brush. Yet beyond is Florida’s largest natural draw; her waters.
Whenever we visit Tarpon Springs, the adorable Greek heritage community with its world famous Sponge Docks, we always fit in time for a run over to Howard Park’s beach. Only a short drive from the docks, we grab something sweet at a Greek Bakery to bring with for a Florida picnic.
Past the trees and park setting where picnics and parties can be enjoyed, you’ll drive onto the causeway, across the flats of the Gulf of Mexico onto an island paradise. A parking lot surrounded by Florida’s white sands and water lapping onto it to cool you against a Florida sun.
You’re about to enjoy one of our favorite of Florida’s Beaches.
Palm trees tower overhead, birds call and swoop and people stroll, swim or bake in the sun’s rays. Some fish, some read books, some take advantage of these smooth and protected waters (the Gulf is warmer than the Atlantic and in this area, especially between the island beach and the mainland, you’ll find smoother surfaces to the water).
Windsurfing and kiteboarding have become popular here, watching beginners to advanced skim across the surface at speeds. It looks easy and here, perhaps it is.
You can bring your own of course, or rent from the little booth as you enter the island. Pricing (listed here from April 2011) is pretty good and you can get onto the water quickly and easily, with plenty of birds to see, I’m talk some marine life and lots of beautiful vistas.
This is an easy place to get your feet wet. Bring a picnic and spend the day (there are bathrooms and showers) or stop by for a short visit.
Then rent a sit-on-top kayak or a SUP (StandUp Paddle Board) and you too can skim the water’s surface. Watch for manatee, fish and yep, even shark. The waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a wild environ and while it’s always enjoyable to experience, you’re still entering a wilderness; always show respect.
For more, visit the Fred Howard Park site and experience the Gulf of Mexico up close and personal. Howard Park is one of our favorite beaches and we think will become one of yours as well. Tarpon Springs is one of our favorite Florida small Towns.