Here's a few I visit frequently.
Can Island (off Apollo Beach): Anchor on the east side of the island only. West side is shallow and get ship traffic wakes. Really nice over night during the week especially. Weekends get crazy during the day but around dusk it clears out. Lots of incosiderate jet skis. Good people watching via the binoculars. View to the east are industrial with the power plant. Anchor/chain always come up clean.
- Fantasy Island: About 4 miles north of Beer
Can. Anchor on the north east side of the island. Much quieter than beer can but more industrial scenery. Good holding. Has a decent small beach on the north west corner. Very little boat traffic.
- Gulf Port: Nice dighy dock
with access to bars/eateries. Decent holding and anchor/chain come up with sticky mud. Not much of a beach and I wouldn't swim here.
- Desoto Point: Rolly with boat traffic during the day but not too bad. Nice park with dinghy dock
on the north side of the river. National monument on the south side with beach and nature trails. Visitors center has AC and some exibits. No bars/eateries within dinghy reasonable distance. You can leave dinghy on the beach and easily uber into town. Good holding Anchor/chain always come up clean.
- Egmont: Anchor on the south east side only. Depending on wind
direction can be rolly or stinky from bird crap on the island. Lots of ruins and historic stuff on the island. Good holding Anchor/chain always come up clean. Anything south of the Tampa Bay Pilots building is bird sanctuary and no landing.
- Little Harbor/Simons Park area: Not an obvious anchorage but relatively well protected and rarely used. Basically a deep spot north of the marked channel protected by a large sand bar to the north. Nice unobstructed sun sets and dinghy access to sunset grill
(formerly known as Bahia