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Surfer bus is a great place to come and paddle the protected waters surrounding Anna Maria Island. We rent kayaks and paddle boards for the Robinson Preserve and areas around. Please ebook a day a head.
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9800 Manatee Ave W, Bradenton, FL 34209
+1 941-527-6355
Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 12 November 2014 via mobile

Whilst visiting relatives in Bradenton we came across surferbus on the road out to Anna Marie island. The operator, Shaun was very polite and explained that we had to book a e day in advance via his website. Makes sense as you wouldn't want to...More

3  Thank Joe H
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Reviewed 24 December 2014

Just expect the owner to be rude. He makes it clear that he no longer likes anything about his job every time he opens his mouth (it may be wise for him to sell his business before his attitude ruins it). Otherwise, it is a...More

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All reviews paddle boards robinson preserve quick lesson easy paddle beautiful sunny day clams the water's edge bring water own pace great fun an awesome experience manatee ave all ages observation tower shawn kayaking mangroves
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Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I grabbed a tandem ‘yak on beautiful Bradenton day. Shawn was wonderful, helpful and informative. He gave us detailed instructions on how to navigate to the Robinson Preserve from the starting point where he puts you in the water on your kayak....More

Thank kstravels2015
Reviewed 3 October 2018

On a sheltered lagoon that connects to Robinson park and later to the Gulf of Mexico there is lots to see. Bus rents paddle boards, kyacks and other water items at a fair price. They are very helpful...easy to learn a fun day.. There are...More

Thank richard s
Reviewed 2 September 2018 via mobile

We were hoping to spend a few days kayaking as part of our stay in AMI alas that wasn’t to be when the red tide struck a real waste of our rented villa’s boat deck. It wasn’t possible to find somewhere red tide free to...More

Thank Jesska92
Reviewed 10 August 2018

If you are looking for a simple, fun self-guided kayak tour, then the Surfer Bus is perfect. Started in some mangroves, went out into the preserve. A manatee caught us off guard, but we sent Shawn a text and he helped us realize it was...More

Thank bruceandjoelle
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

We use Surfer Bus every year when we visit the kids grandmother, and we are never disappointed. It’s always a pleasant outing.

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 9 July 2018 via mobile

We've had the surferbus magnet on our fridge for many years. It's a great no-fuss setup - reserve, show up, chat and go. The Mangrove tunnels never disappoint!

Thank Donald R
Reviewed 2 July 2018 via mobile

Excellent service... Knowledgeable and friendly. Helped my friend as he had never been out on a kayak before.. Pushed us out and took care of everything once we returned!! Thanks..

Thank Angela M
Reviewed 14 June 2018

Shawn is very knowledgeable and sets you up for a great time. It is quite and very relaxing while getting a tan and a nice easy workout

Thank dml432017
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

What a special location to paddle board. Great little trip out. Would love to return again in the future with more time.

Thank ericasN3574LC
Reviewed 8 June 2018 via mobile

We went paddle boarding for the first time and it was amazing. Great location to learn to do it as well as seeing a great amount of nature!

Thank Carlee V
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13 July 2016|
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Response from Surferbus1 | Property representative |
Hi!~ This is Julia, Im sorry if I misses your call. Please give me a call this am 941-527-6114... You can book for Saturday no problem. It can be done all together or you can pay separately just go to Surferbus com to... More
30 March 2016|
Response from Surferbus1 | Property representative |
Hi! You come right to Surferbus at 9800 Manatee ave West that is where we launch for the preserve. Where we are is an aquatic entrance. We will go over the map of the park with you and give you on the water orientation... More