Captain Joe Pistone was born in Brooklyn and raised in the Hudson Valley Region of New York. While living on coastal Maine, he spent most summer days boating to  historic lighthouses and  exploring the islands of Casco Bay. In 2015, he relocated to Florida and enrolled into the U.S. Coast Guard’s “Captain School” and upon completion, Salt and Mist Sea Tours was born, offering Lighthouse Tours, Minke Whale Watching and Sunset Cruises. In 2017, Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC opened a second location in St. Petersburg, Florida, offering Dolphin Tours and Sunset Cruises and in 2018, Salt and Mist Sea Tours officially became a Limited Liability Company in both Maine and Florida. In 2019, TripAdvisor, the worlds largest travel website, rated Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC the top rated Boat Tour Company in St. Petersburg, FL, earning TripAdvisors “Certificate of Excellence”.

In addition to Salt and Mist Sea Tours, Captain Joe taught General Navigation at a century old maritime camp in Kennebunkport, Maine  and was also a Captain for Eco Endeavors, a top rated Boat Tour Company on Marco Island, Fl.

 Captain Joe holds dual  BA & BS from  American International College and is a graduate of the  “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 U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain.






Salt and Mist Sea Tours LLC uses its 30′  Yacht Certified Sea Ray 270 Sun Deck 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 350hp Mercury Verado 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 several Fire Extinguishers throughout the boat.
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