Scalloping along Florida’s Nature Coast begins July 1st and runs through September 25th. This is a time of year when the kids are out of school and you start looking for that next family vacation. What better way to beat Florida’s summer heat then with a day out on the water? Swimming, playing, and laughing all while picking tasty shellfish from Florida’s most fertile scallop grounds right here in Homosassa. There are many reasons why scalloping is so popular among families. It’s simple and easy enough for all ages, it’s an experience unique to Florida and, of course, scallops are delicious!
The biggest draw to scalloping for families is the fact that it is a simple process that requires little equipment. A mask, snorkel, mesh bag and perhaps a set of flippers, and you’re set! Anchor the boat is just a few feet of water and go to work. Some scallops may be within arm’s reach from the surface or perhaps you’ll have to take a quick dive to grab them from their bed of seagrass. The young kids can enjoy kicking around on a float picking scallops or just have fun swimming and playing beneath the Florida sun. Whatever you do, don’t forget the sunscreen!
Snorkeling around for scallops in the Homosassa area is an experience completely unique to the area. Nowhere else can you enjoy the leisurely activity of swimming the bays that line the west coast of Florida in search of fresh scallops at the level you can here. Scalloping combines all the best parts of Florida: Sunshine, water and fresh from Florida seafood! Scalloping also offers up a chance to see cool marine life as well. Dolphins, rays, fish, hermit crabs, conchs and more can be spotted while out hunting for Scallops. Don’t forget your waterproof camera to catch those moments!
The fun associated with scalloping doesn’t have to end once you get off the water. Half the fun in grabbing up scallops is eating them! There are many ways to prepare scallops from pan searing, sautéing, deep frying, grilling, baking or broiling. The options are endless and delicious!
Homosassa is renowned for their plentiful scallops, rich ecosystem and excellent fishing. People travel from all over the world to explore its beautiful waters. From inshore fishing, manatee viewing, scalloping or to experience your own private island retreat, be sure to book a guided trip with Captain Carey Gibson here at Southern Slam Outfitters to ensure an enjoyable and successful day out on the waters of Homosassa, Florida.