Egmont KeySt. Petersburg, FL
Egmont Key is an amazing island with an interesting history located in the heart of Tampa Bay. Its natural beauty, storied history and beautiful beaches make it a very popular spot for boaters in this area.
Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay; south of De Soto State Park and north of Anna Maria Island. The island is only accessible by boat, is roughly 440 acres and has a beautiful beach that runs along the entire western shoreline. The island is another gem in Florida’s amazing state park network and is a “must”- visit for those seeking to enjoy “Old Florida”.
ANOTHER SIMILAR ISLAND IN CHARLOTTE HARBOR
Egmont played an important role in the second and third Seminole Wars as well as during the Spanish-American War and World War I. In fact, the island was home to “Ft. Dade”; a military town and significant fort used during those conflicts.
The island offers no restrooms, lifeguards, concession stands or cabins. In addition, pets aren’t allowed and the park doesn’t charge admission. The southern 1/4 of the island is closed to visitors because it’s a bird sanctuary and the lighthouse isn’t open to the public. However, the thing the island does offer is a beautiful beach!
The best place (and most popular place) to anchor and spend the day is along the western beach of the island. As mentioned above, the southern portion is closed to boats and people but the entire shoreline to the north is open. During the weekends it’s very crowded but on weekdays you feel like you have the entire beach to yourself.
The sandy bottom is hard-packed and is easy to anchor in. A stern anchor is a must! The stern anchor will keep the boat perpendicular to the waves and will also allow for easier access for boarding. The water gets deep pretty quickly so it’s best to anchor as close to shore as possible.
TEN TIPS TO MAKE YOUR BOATING BETTER
ONLY ACCESSIBLE BY BOAT
The only way to enjoy the island is by owning a boat or visiting via a ferry. There are a few companies that offer ferry service to Egmont but probably the most popular is the Egmont Key Ferry that originates from Ft. De Soto State Park.
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Anchoring Along the Beach
Use Bow and Stern Anchor
Mostly Calm/Wind-driven Occasionally
WALKING DISTANCE TO BEACH:
Anchor on the Beach
Very Good/Epic During Spring
Waterline Marina Resort & Beach Club
Numerous Inns and Private Homes
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