About

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.

Worldofgina
Worldofgina
2021-10-23
A great family experience Captain JD and first mate Bubba were so good to us on our six hour adventure in the Saint Pete and Tampa area. We snorkeled and went to Egmont Key - They set up beach chairs and umbrellas - which were waiting for us after we hiked to see the lighthouse. We saw tortoises and dolphin too. It was great! They even snapped a shot of our boy jumping off an old ruin! So fun!
Lindsay M
Lindsay M
2021-09-05
Great Family Adventure Fantastic Tour! We have 3 kids (5,8,10) and our family did the 6 hour tour. We're from Utah and wanted to really enjoy our vacation by exploring places away from the main tourist beaches. Captain Jeff and Bubba were so fun! They took us island hopping, shelling, and snorkeling. We went to islands that weren't as crowded. Jeff and Bubba provided umbrellas, chairs, fruit and water, snorkeling masks, and beach toys at each stop. Our kids spent a majority of time snorkeling! Our favorite stop was Shell Beach where we gathered 3 bags full of beautiful shells and found sea urchins while snorkeling. Such a fun day!
Brianna D
Brianna D
2021-08-06
FANTASTIC experience Bubba and Jeff were absolutely phenomenal. We came to St. Pete’s for a bachelorette party and wanted to do a boat day. These two went WELL above our expectations. They were so friendly and beyond prepared for everything we would need. They came with fruit, water, ice in a cooler, water shoes, floats, snorkeling gear, bug spray, island music, towels and so much more. Everything we didn’t think of, they had ready for us. I can’t say enough good things about this experience. Whether you are looking for an adventure or a relaxing day, this is for you. Thank you so much to both of you for such a memorable day.
Lauren S
Lauren S
2021-08-06
AMAZING! What an amazing day! Jeff and Bubba were the best and I would highly recommend this experience to anyone. They brought snorkeling gear, water shoes, floats, and they even set up chairs and umbrellas for us on the beach. They even offered us fruit and alcohol. Do not miss an opportunity to book this tour, they take you to amazing sights and beaches.
Nicole R
Nicole R
2021-06-07
Like hanging out with your really cool best friends. It doesn't get better than this tour! JD and Bubba are the coolest, friendliest, and most knowledgeable guys you can find. Two best friends who met years ago in the Coast Guard (amazing stories by the way) who became neighbors and started a business doing what they love. They can tell you so many cool things about the area. My only regret is that we didn't see them sooner. They have great advice about beautiful "must see" places and I would have had time to book more tours with them. They provide a top notch experience with fruit, beverages, chairs, knowledge, passion, humor, and a safe and large vessel. All you need is a reservation and they have everything else covered. Fellas, thank your wives for us. I'm glad they suggested you get a job after retirement. We can't wait to come back for the next private tour.
Julie B
Julie B
2021-03-01
What a perfect trip!! Captain JD & Bubba are amazing guys, they went above and beyond just driving the boat and bringing us to the beach. We definitely did not expect the level of service that was provided when we booked our 3 hour eco tour. Setting up chairs, coolers, etc. I felt like I was on an episode of "Below Deck" with first-class service at an affordable price. Our only regret was not booking the 6 hour tour, next time though for sure!
Kristine T
Kristine T
2020-08-15
Great charter We chartered the Miss Anna Lisa with Captain JD and Bubba for a 5 hour adventure snorkeling and fishing. We had a fantastic day! They provided everything we needed. They even had chairs and umbrellas for parking on an island. The snorkeling equipment was new and clean. They were very flexible with the itinerary and found a great fishing spot early in the day. We really enjoyed our charter and would definitely recommend.
Jenny L
Jenny L
2020-06-07
BEST in the St. Pete Area! We had a GREAT time with Captain JD and Bubba! We started off snorkeling a sunken Civil War wreck called the USS Narcissus. We then moved to an old fort to snorkel and check out all the marine life. They provided all the snorkel gear for us and we had lots of options to choose from (full face mask or regular snorkel/goggles). After snorkeling, we fished and caught some snapper! We went to the sky bridge and tried our luck fishing there also. We didn't catch anything but it was a GREAT view! They provided us with fruit, water, beverages, etc. They were also very knowledgeable about the area and its history. I would definitely go see them again!
indiana1231
indiana1231
2019-12-15
Fantastic day What a great day of fishing and sight seeing. Captain Jeff and Bubba make sure you have A great trip. They are very knowledgeable about the area and share great history stories. We caught lots of fish that they cleaned and sent home with us. Great guys. Highly recommend!!!
Craig B
Craig B
2019-09-07
Amazing experience for 3 generations on the water! Grandparents, adult children and grandchildren each had a wonderful afternoon on this excursion. Captain JD and first mate Bubba worked hard to accomodate our 'wish list' and were very knowledgeable, friendly and attentive. We truly felt that our family's safety and enjoyment was their priority! We saw dolphins in the open water, and visited several islands where we did some shelling, snorkeling and fishing. Our grandson even had the opportunity to help Bubba with a distressed baby turtle release (but only after Bubba had spoken with the proper authorities and they had requested his assistance). It was a great experience for our entire family and money well spent.