Captain Joe Pistone was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. Upon moving to New England nearly 25 years ago, he was intrigued with its abundant history and fell in love with the North Atlantic Ocean. In Maine, he spent most days on the Gulf of Maine exploring historic lighthouses and military forts while landing, exploring and camping on various islands. In 2015, he relocated to Florida and enrolled into the United States Coast Guard’s “Captain School” and upon completion, Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC was born, offering Lighthouse Tours, Sunset Cruises and Seal, Porpoise and Whale Tours on the Atlantic Ocean. Due to its volume and success, Salt and Mist Sea Tours expanded and in 2017, opened a second location in St. Petersburg, Florida, offering Dolphin Tours, Oceanfront Dining, Barrier Island Beach Boat Tours and Sunset Cruises on the Gulf of Mexico. In 2018, Salt and Mist Sea Tours officially became a Limited Liability Company and in 2019, TripAdvisor, the worlds largest travel website, rated Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC the #1 Boat Tour Company in St. Petersburg, Fl, earning TripAdvisors “Certificate of Excellence”.

In addition to Salt and Mist Sea Tours, Captain Joe worked at a century old maritime camp in Kennebunkport, Maine teaching children general navigation and boating skills, how to fish for Maine lobster and conducted Island Picnics on Goat Island. He was also a Sea Captain for Eco Endeavors, a top rated Boat Tour Company on Marco Island, Fl and has experience boating on the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco Bay, Lake Tahoe, Lake Ontario, the Andeman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand.

 Captain Joe holds dual Bachelors Degrees in Arts and Sciences from American International College and is a graduate of the prestigious “Captain School” in Cape Coral, Florida. He is certified in First Aid and CPR, holds a US Transportation Workers Identification Credential (TWIC) and is a United States Coast Guard Licensed Sea Captain.






Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC uses its 23′ 2018 Sea Ray Sport and is  is a fully approved US Coast Guard Inspected Vessel. She is incredibly seaworthy and fitted with a deep V hull, perfect for the waters of the Gulf of Mexico. With loads of comfortable seating and a quiet 150hp Mercury Engine, she is equipped with all accessories needed for any emergency such as (2) VHF Radios, Navionics GPS, First Aid Kit, Type I Life Jackets, Whistles, (3) Anchors, Charts, Air Horn, Flares and a Fire Extinguisher.
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