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The Location

The coastal environment of the Gulf of Mexico is an amazing place. The year-round sunshine and tropical climate are the perfect catalyst for a vibrant and diverse ecosystem. Manatees, bottle-nose dolphins, sea turtles, whale sharks and manta rays are just a few of the hundreds of intriguing species you may encounter here. Limestone reefs and historic shipwrecks coupled with vast estuaries lush with seagrass beds create habitat for thousands of fish species ranging in size from your fingernail to a school bus. Each species that you will encounter has a unique story that we will get a glimpse of and interpret from our own perspective. From the obvious to the discrete, you will have an opportunity to experience it all on your tour with Capt. JD.

The Captain

Captain Jeff (JD) Daniels grew up in South East Georgia near the Golden Iles. At an early age he was intrigued by the ocean and its beauty. He loved to fish and at every opportunity jumped at the chance to get on a boat and Get Out There.

So, it seemed to be a natural fit for him to join the U.S. Coast Guard in 1988.  During his 27-year career, he spent 11 years on different ships sailing the Great Lakes, North and South Atlantic, Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. In 1990 he was stationed in the St. Petersburg, FL area and fell in love with the Gulf Coast, St. Petersburg, and his wife Lisa. He loved the area so much that he ended up spending 13 years on various Coast Guard units conducting lifesaving, search, and rescue missions. Through his own boating experience and as a member of the Coast Guard, he has gained a profound understanding of the area and it’s waterways and natural habitats. Capt. JD retired in 2015 as a Master Chief and takes every opportunity to continue to Get Out There.

His dream was always to be a Captain of his own charter boat. As fate would have it, through another Coast Guard friend he was connected to Captain Eric Weather with Weather Eco Tours. Captain Eric was starting a new venture and looking for someone to take over the charter business.  With the help of his good friend and business partner, retired Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Brian (Bubba) Shine, they have made that dream a reality. 

St Pete Beach Eco Tours is excited to offer you all the beauty of the water, sea life and islands just off the coast of St Pete. You might even hear a few Coast Guard sea stories, some could even be true. We look forward to having you onboard and let’s Get Out There.

 “Your Safety and Enjoyment is our #1 Priority” 

Miss AnnaLisa

We searched long and hard to find a vessel suited to carry out our mission. Named after the women in our lives that support us most, Miss AnnaLisa was originally commissioned for one of the founders of Home Depot as a weekend Bahamian getaway vessel. At 31′ in length and 10′ wide she is reliable and stable, with plenty of space for the family, lots of shade, a clean bathroom and a pair of safe, quiet and very well maintained motors. She is an annual participant in the Coast Guard Uninspected Passenger Vessel Safety Program and is perfectly appointed for fishing, diving, island hopping, marine mammal observing, birding, cruising with the family or enjoying a romantic evening with a loved one. We look forward to welcoming you aboard!

Founding Partner

The vision of St. Pete Beach Eco Tours began with marine biologist, Captain Eric Weather. We aspire to continue his vision of inspiring a culture of exploration for our clients that will allow them to relax, take a deep breath and experience that childlike joy of discovering the incredible intricacies of the environment around them. You don’t need to go to the deepest darkest reaches of the Ocean to explore, simply put your head in the water, look around and you’ll be amazed at what you discover. Captain Eric continues to work closely in support of our organization and occasionally runs a few trips to help us out.

OUR CAUSE

Reeling Freedom Foundation

As a retired United States Coast Guard veteran I am dedicated to the support of our brothers and sisters that served our great nation. We are honored to offer a 10% discount for veterans and first responders, and are proud to support the work of the Reeling Freedom Foundation which provides charters for disabled vets and first responders.

Use promo code VGCCRXR9 during booking for our Military/First Responder discount!

mommamarilyn
mommamarilyn
2023-03-14
Awesome & Fun Boat Experience with friends Bubba and Jeff were the most personable, fun and interesting guys to lead this tour. They were so accommodating from the minute we got out of the car to board the boat to the very end and we had so much fun! They not only brought us on a fun tour but made sure we had a great time on the island that we stopped at--set up beach chairs for us to sit down on, set up a fun "cornhole" game in the sand for us and made us feel very special. I would definitely go again with these guys and would recommend for anyone looking for a fun activity on their vacation.
goillini1982
goillini1982
2023-03-12
Outstanding eco tour We had a fantastic morning! The crew is knowledgeable and a lot of fun! Beautiful sights and saw a lot of dolphins and seabirds.
Chefward
Chefward
2023-01-20
Fantastic private dolphin tour Captain JD and Bubba were absolutely wonderful. We felt completely safe and comfortable, had a wonderful time, and really enjoyed both their knowledge of the area and casual conversation. We saw many, many dolphins and would wholeheartedly recommend St Pete Eco Tours if you’re in the area and looking for an on-water activity. The price was more than fair for the fabulous memories we made.
Lucy Newbie
Lucy Newbie
2023-01-05
Great Charter experience Capt JD and "1st Mate" Bubba were very accommodating, friendly and service-oriented. Highly recommend them.
dhoffberg
dhoffberg
2022-07-23
Fort de Soto trip with my family We had a really wonderful time!! Went out for 4 hours and spent time at one of the small islands at Fort de Soto, with my husband, boys ages 9 & 12, and my parents. Jeff and Bubba were amazingly kind and attentive with my father who needed some extra assistance managing getting on and off the boat at the dock and in the water. Not only were Jeff and Bubba great hosts with providing for all our beach needs with chairs, umbrella, cooler with water and adult beverages, masks/snorkels, shell bags, toys for the kids..... but we thoroughly enjoyed engaging in conversation with them too! There was some rough weather approaching as our trip was ending, but we felt safe with Jeff and Bubba. 100% recommended for everyone!!
Lee K
Lee K
2022-07-14
It was sudden very nice that I'd never went on something like that and enjoyed it very much love to do it again I know very spec I give it a five very nice romantic Cruise for a birthday so it's nice to celebrate enjoy so something like next weekend be nice
Anna S
Anna S
2022-07-02
Fantastic Boating Experience Best private boat experience ever! These guys are accommodating in all ways including teaching about the area and helping us have the best experience while on vacation. We loved it so much we booked a fishing trip with them the next day. The guides aim to please and are willing to meet your families needs and desires for the tour. I highly recommend this activity. We even saw and swam with dolphins!!!
drandma90
drandma90
2022-05-16
Great day on the water We had a wonderful time! JD and Bubba were professional and friendly sharing knowledge about the area. Felt perfectly safe with these two retired Coasties who were safety first but full of fun.
Donna V
Donna V
2022-05-06
Wonderful Day on the Water Had a wonderful day on the water with JD and Bubba on the AnnaLisa! Very well organized, informative and professional as well as a lot of fun. We saw Egmont Key and hiked the beaches looking for seashells as well as saw the lighthouse and all of the Gopher Tortoises. We snorkeled around old fort ruins, tried to find a sunken old, steamer ship (USS Narcissus) however the visibility wasn’t clear enough (windy days). We combed Shell Key for more seashells and lounged in the warm water. We were provided with cold beverages as well as fruit and we brought our own sub sandwiches and chips. Would definitely do it again!
Kelly L
Kelly L
2022-04-15
Great tour! Great way to spend time on the water! We went to Fort de Soto park. Everything was provided: snacks, drinks, sunscreen, beach chairs, beach toys, masks and snorkels. Enjoyable and relaxing! Highly recommend!