SCALLOPING IN FLORIDA: A FUN FAMILY ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER STORY
I can’t say scalloping in Florida was ever on our bucket list for USA travel experiences. We never even knew it existed until we did a Natural North Florida road triplast summer and it was on our itinerary.
Even though, we had no idea what it entailed we’re always up for any kind of adventure..
The girls were nervous about going out into the ocean to do this. There was a lot of grumbling (which happens often before any adventure), and a bit of coaxing was needed to get them in the water, but once we did, we couldn’t get them out…“This is the most fun ever!” they cried when our Florida scalloping adventure was finally over.
We started with a gentle cruise down the river to the mouth of the Gulf before zipping up the coastline to an area our Captain, Mike thought would be ripe with scallops.
Steinhatchee is one of the best places in Florida to visit for scalloping.
Millions of scallops naturally grow here and every year from June to September, people can free dive for scallops in the grassy shallows.
Mike pulled up to a region far from the shoreline that was surprisingly shallow. He gave us a quick lesson on how to catch the scallops, ensuring us it would get easier the longer we did it.
The scallops are protected, and while in so much abundance in this area there are limits on how many scallops each person can catch. We didn’t even come close to that, making sure we only caught as much as we could eat.
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