Hernando Beach FL

Hernando Beach is a waterfront canal community located northwest of Tampa, FL. The area was developed by Charlie Sasser between 1959 and 1965, using the earth from mining operations along the coast and dredging. The canals in the north section lead directly to the Gulf of Mexico and are the deepest and widest in Hernando Beach. In 1971, restrictions on wetland development stopped any further growth. Sasser was ordered to build a dike around the 144 acres he had developed and to restore the land to its natural state. This legal battle between Sasser, the state, and the Hernando County Commission resulted in the area being preserved in its natural state.

Sasser passed away in nearby Brooksville in 2010. Today, visitors can enjoy the area’s untouched beauty and explore its stunning flats.

The city is comprised of three distinct sections. The northern portion, from Eagles Nest Drive to Companero Entra, is equipped with saltwater canals providing direct access to the Gulf of Mexico for those with a boat. The middle section has several streets off of Hermosa Blvd. while the south Hernando Beach section is a deed-restricted area with a mandatory home owners association known as the Hernando Beach South Property Owners Association.

For those in the southern area, access to the Gulf is only made possible through the indirect Gulf access canals, which are separated from the ocean by an earthen berm. To bridge the gap between the canals and the Gulf, residents use the boatlift to get over a concrete plug, which is part of the berm, and onto the direct access saltwater canals. 

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Things to do

Weeki Wachee Preserve

This preserve is home to some of the most amazing and diverse wildlife in the state. From curious manatees and playful dolphins to native birds and alligators, Weeki Wachee Preserve is a haven for nature lovers.


Fishermen can expect a plentiful catch here, with a variety of species including tarpon, cobia, shark, spotted sea trout, snook, black drum, tilapia, flounder, redfish, grouper, and drum.


Florida residents and visitors are able to take advantage of its abundant marine life by harvesting delicious delicacies like bay scallops, stone crabs, shrimp, and grouper, to take home and enjoy.

Charters & Air Boats

For a great day out on the water, consider inshore & offshore fishing charters or air boat rides with one of the local captains. Find hidden spots and see all the natural beauty of the Nature Coast.

Day Trips

Whether you are visiting the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in Tampa, Crystal River, or the Stilt Houses in Pasco County, Hernando Beach is a great location to explore sightseeing in neighboring counties.

Jet Ski Rentals

If you’re looking for an adventure on your own terms, freestyle ride rentals are just what you need. Explore the area’s secrets at your own pace and uncover hidden gems along the way.

Front Porch Art Walk

Art & Culture

On the first Saturday of each month, head to Hernando Beach to the Front Porch Art Walk from 10 AM to 2 PM to stroll down Shoal Line to explore participating businesses and meet and shop with local artists.