Trips to Florida are always fun. There’s sunshine, golden beaches, and a lively energy in the air! If you want to add some adventure to your next Florida vacation, spend a day at Hubbard’s Marina. It’s only a short car ride from our inn and overlooks the gorgeous, turquoise waters of Boca Ciega Bay. You can spend some time out on the water and enjoy all the outdoor activities the marina offers! Read on to learn more and start planning your visit today. Then, make your trip even better with our free Vacation Guide! Our guide has helpful recommendations for local restaurants, events, shops, museums, and other activities.
3 Boating Adventures You’ll Love at Hubbard’s Marina
Hubbard’s Marina overlooks Eleanor Island. It’s by the John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk, along the shore of the Boca Ciega Bay. The marina was named after Wilson Hubbard, a Memphis-born captain who caught and sold fish from the Pass-a-Grille pier (now known as the Merry Pier on Eighth Avenue) in the 1930s. At the age of 17, he bought five rowboats, and by the 1950s, he began offering day-long charters on the Gulf.
The operation was moved to John’s Pass in 1976. Captain Hubbard helped create the marina and village we know today, providing fishing activities, shopping, and dining. He also worked to preserve the bay through research and environmental efforts.
Day Cruise to Egmont Key
Are you looking for a fun day trip from Hubbard’s Marina? Take a cruise to the lovely island of Egmont Key. This 30-minute ferry ride gives you the chance to marvel at dolphins and sea turtles, so make sure you pack your camera! Once you set foot on the island, head to Fort Dade to learn more about Florida’s history. This monument dates back to the Spanish American era and piques the interest of all the history buffs!
Deep Sea Fishing
If you love fishing, then a Deep Sea Fishing charter is perfect for you. Get ready to catch local grey and mangrove snapper, red grouper, amberjack, and more! A five-hour day trip costs $55 and a ten-hour cruise is $90. You can even take a 12-hour excursion for $129. For the ultimate offshore experience, choose between a 39-hour trip ($369 + tax), a 44-hour trip ($469 + tax), or a 63-hour cruise ($840 + tax).
The Sunset Cruise from Hubbard’s Marina is a relaxing activity after a long day. Board one of the cruise boats and enjoy stunning sunset views of the bay while you sip a glass of wine. You might even see some dolphins swimming by the boat! This cruise is very popular, so we highly recommend booking 12- to 24-hours in advance. Each ticket is $26.50 (tax not included).
Discover more fun things to do at Hubbard’s Marina! Check out the dolphin cruises, snorkel tours, kayak and paddleboard rentals, and more.
Make Yourself at Home at the Historic Peninsula Inn
Your adventure at Hubbard’s Marina will be both memorable and tiring, and you’ll need a cozy place to relax at the end of the day! The Historic Peninsula Inn is a charming B&B in Gulfport, FL, only 20 minutes away from the marina. If you want to experience Florida’s charm in the heart of a quaint town, then our inn is the best spot for you.
Browse our beautiful accommodations and pick your favorite! We have a feeling you’ll fall for the Prince Suite. After all, who doesn’t need the royal treatment every once in a while? This room can sleep up to four people and is perfect for couples or groups of friends. Take a hot shower in the evening, lounge in the sitting room in a comfy robe, and get a good night’s sleep in the plush queen bed. In the morning, join us for a delicious, continental breakfast downstairs. It’s so good that it will turn a night owl into an early bird!