Experience Whitaker Bayou

I am offering guided tours of Whitaker Bayou, a small wooded tributary off of Sarasota Bay that few people have seen.

Beyond Ringling College of Art and Design, Whitaker Bayou winds through the Newtown neighborhood between Dr. Martin Luther King Way and Myrtle Avenue.

This hidden treasure offers a view of Old Florida rarely seen in the quickly developing city.

Whitaker Bayou is named for William Whitaker, Sarasota’s first white settler, who arrived in the early 1840s. Since I was able to portray him in the film No Real Than You Are, which screened at the Sarasota and Cannes Film Festivals, I love that I get to live on Whitaker Bayou and share it with others.

I schedule hour-long trips around the high tide, but the following times are flexible. I provide kayaks, canoes, and paddles. Email me at inkensoul@gmail.com to let me know when you’d like to come. I can accommodate up to 7 people.

  • Wednesday, December 1 – 9:30am
  • Thursday, December 2 – 9:30am
  • Friday, December 3 – 11am
  • Saturday, December 4 – 11am
  • Sunday, December 12 – 9:30am
  • Monday, December 13 – 9:30am
  • Tuesday, December 14 – 10am
  • Wednesday, December 15 – 11am
  • Thursday, December 16 – 12pm
  • Friday, December 17 – 1pm
  • Saturday, December 18 – 4pm
  • Tuesday, December 21 – 3pm
  • Wednesday, December 22 – 1pm
  • Thursday, December 23 – 5pm
  • Friday, December 24 – 4pm
  • Saturday, December 25 – 4pm
  • Sunday, December 26 – 4pm
  • Monday, December 27 – 4pm
  • Tuesday, December 28 – 4pm
  • Wednesday, December 29 – 9am
  • Thursday, December 30 – 10am
  • Friday, December 31 – 1pm

Since I consider this a priceless experience, I have no rates and don’t charge. It is a “Gift Economy” scenario. Pay what you want or pay it forward. Just come enjoy this rarely seen part of Sarasota.


  1. Mary Transue

    Steve would love to take this trip on a Sunday. However I am 90 and handicapped in that I need a cane and helping hand to enter and exit a boat.
    My partner Sue Page would accompany me. However I would not want to impede in anyway this marvelous offering. I once held a small craft certificate. Also a Red Cross Instructor’s Certification. Once I was athletic and sailed a sunfish from St Thomas to St John.

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