CRTO Participants

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Permitted Commercial Recreation and Tour Operators (CRTOs) launch from the following locations:


  • Ted Sperling Nature Park at South Lido, where you can rent a non-motorized vessel or take a tour throughout our many breathtaking mangrove tunnels and waterways.
    • Loaner personal flotation devices are available on a first come, first served basis. 
      • Children aged six and under must wear their PDF while on the water.
      • Adults and older children must have their PDF on board with them.
      • More information is available at
    • Visit the Ted Sperling Nature Park page for more information.

  • Turtle Beach Park is adjacent to the popular Turtle Beach Campground, a small beachfront campground with direct access to Turtle Beach.

Bring your own kayak or stand up paddle board… or, opt for a rental or tour from one of the permitted, insured commercial operators who launch from these locations.

Here is a list of commercial recreation and tour operators permitted to launch* from Ted Sperling Nature Park or Turtle Beach Park.

*(Please note, this list is in alphabetical order and Sarasota County does not recommend or endorse any operator over another.)

For more information on the permit program, or to apply for a permit, email or call 941-861-7275.