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Experience Whitaker Bayou

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 to let me know when you’d like to come. I can accommodate up to 7 people.

  • Saturday, July 16 – 2pm
  • Sunday, July 17 – 3:30pm
  • Monday, July 18 – 4pm
  • Tuesday, July 19 – 5:30pm
  • Wednesday, July 20 – 7pm
  • Monday, July 25 – 10am
  • Wednesday, July 27 – 11am
  • Saturday, July 30 – 1pm
  • Monday, August 1 – 2:30pm
  • Tuesday, August 2 – 3:30pm
  • Wednesday, August 3 – 4pm
  • Tuesday, August 9 – 9:30am
  • Wednesday, August 10 – 10:30am
  • Saturday, August 13 – 1pm
  • Sunday, August 14 – 2pm
  • Monday, August 15 – 3pm
  • Tuesday, August 16 – 4pm
  • Wednesday, August 17 – 5pm
  • Thursday, August 18 – 7pm

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.