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Explore Florida's Anclote Key

Nestled amidst coastal marshlands, maritime forests and remote stretches of white-sand beaches, Anclote River Resort is an ideal home base for spotting all kinds wildlife. Trek along secluded nature trails, paddle through mangroves or pedal beneath tropical tree canopies to get a glimpse of land critters and sea creatures in their natural habitat.

“Watch the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico for manatees, stingrays, sea turtles and dolphins.”

Rent a stand-up paddleboard or kayak or hop on a ferry to visit nearby Anclote Key Preserve State Park, a 11,773-acre park that sprawls across four islands, just a few miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs. Along the way, watch the blue-green waters of the Gulf of Mexico for manatees, stingrays, sea turtles and dolphins. Once you set foot on the immaculate beaches, spot nesting and migratory birds—after all, this preserve hosts more than 43 bird species.

For more birding opportunities, you’ll find several nearby parks on the Great Florida Birding and Wildlife Trail, and they are connected by the 4.5-mile Coastal Anclote Trail, a paved multi-use trail that runs alongside the Anclote River Resort property. Follow the trail to the waterfront Anclote River Park to spot shorebirds birds such as snowy egrets and seabirds such as brown pelicans. At Anclote Gulf Park, stroll along the fishing pier for views of shorebirds in the mudflats, and keep an eye out for dolphins, manatees and sea turtles in the waters below. Then, follow the boardwalk that connects this park to nearby Key Vista Nature Park, which boasts a list of more than 220 bird species, including osprey, bald eagles, gulls and terns.

Ready to spot creatures in the wild? Talk to your friendly Wanderful Concierge Specialist for all the gear you’ll need—from kayaks and snorkeling masks to bikes and binoculars—as well as recommendations for local wildlife tours and naturalist guides.

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Where River Meets Sea and Adventure Luxury

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Where River Meets Sea and Adventure Luxury

If you’re a traveler who wants to experience the best of Florida’s natural adventures, the Anclote River Resort offers an unparalleled opportunity. Located where the Anclote River meets the Gulf of Mexico in the coveted Tampa Bay region, this coastal playground offers America’s best beaches, pristine barrier islands, vast wildlife trails and nature preserves.

Boating, fishing, scalloping, hiking, kayaking, scuba diving, bird watching, the recreation is endless and it’s all yours to enjoy in an environment of breathtaking natural beauty. Nearby cultural offerings also offer exciting explorations, from the charming Greek community of Tarpon Springs to the vibrant waterfront scenes of St. Petersburg and Tampa, offering one-of-a-kind dining, shopping, nightlife, museums, galleries and performing arts.

Roam Sweet Roam

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Roam Sweet Roam

Offering dog-friendly cottages and luxury RV sites, the Anclote River Resort will be a community of adventurous travelers who like to get into the wild without roughing it. Resort-style amenities including a pool, clubhouse, restaurant and bar will be gathering places for those who appreciate luxury along with the laid-back Floridian lifestyle. As our guest here, you’ll always have a place for family and friends to be welcomed and share the amazing experiences with you.

The Anclote River Resort Draws on a Longstanding Tradition of Hospitality Excellence

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The Anclote River Resort Draws on a Longstanding Tradition of Hospitality Excellence

KEITH OVERTON
“Keith Overton, who led St. Pete Beach-based TradeWinds Island Resorts for 25 years, until the prominent property was sold in October, defied expectations by launching a new hospitality venture. The entity, Pioneering Resorts, focuses on quaint but luxurious waterfront resorts.” –Business Observer, April 23, 2020

EDUARD MAYER
“Eduard Mayer has been active in the real estate development industry for over 30 years as President of Elite Management LLC. Today, Mr. Mayer is leader in the RV industry, pioneering successful unique real estate projects.” -Tampa Realtors, 2019 Pasco County Closed Sale Transactions

This partnership brings together the best of both worlds to ensure a phenomenal experience.

See How Wanderful Life Can Be

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