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“Avoid Hubbards Marina Ferry, but visit the island”

Egmont Key State Park
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US$549.00*
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Private Snorkeling to Egmont, Outback, and Shell...
Ranked #1,306 of 5,463 things to do in Florida
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Owner description: Visitors to this island can visit its great beaches and explore the ruins of Fort Dade, a Civil War fort.
Reviewed 27 December 2012 via mobile

Hubbards marina ferry is HORRIBLE. The reservation lady is exceptionally RUDE, and aggressive about being rotten to callers. She should seriously consider a career that doesn't allow her to actually speak with anyone....the booking experience was truly unpleasant. She insisted on a credit card, then demanded to be paid in cash. She refused to answer questions about the duration of the trip and commented "we will get you there and back on our time, not yours". She would not tell us what to expect when we arrive in terms sights on the island and said "I don't make the sights, I just take the money". I had to call a second time (had to confirm the timing with my wife)....the first time she was extremely pushy about my credit card, then the second would not take a reservation saying that "it is now first come first served and you will be lucky to get on" had to talk her into taking my reservation saying that we had just spoken 5 minutes ago.....her response "well why didn't you just book it the first time?"
Absolutely abhorrent customer service....will never deal with them again, and reccomend you find someone else.
The island is beautiful, the scenery gorgeous, and a great get-a-way.

11  Thank Mjldly
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Reviewed 15 November 2012

We arrived on Egmont Key by way of the ferry from Fort DeSoto. Had no idea what to expect, and were pleasantly surprised and pleased by the enormous amount of history well told through posted info. The day we were there, there were only 8 visitors to the site, and we had the amazing chance to really feel the silence and peace of the place. A cemetery there held remains of people who had lived on the island back to the Civil War. Shelling was remarkable, although Egmont is not known for that. The lighthouse still operates, although you cannot enter it. Various spots for a picnic lunch were appreciated as there are no facilities or food service on the island. Traveling to and from Fort DeSoto afforded time to see that beautiful park as well as Egmont. Fee for boat trip to island and entry to Fort DeSoto where the boat departs.

4  Thank Gizzymoidal
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

I found the Island to have a magical affect until one finds the Ghost Town.. A town that time forgot,,,, here is where the white man help Seminole Indians until they were deported inland and stripped of their land.... One have to begin to think of how where the Indian population treated??? Food, clothes, shelter. Forced medical care???? Go and you be the judge

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Reviewed 17 October 2012

Our family went on the Hubbards Ferry departing from Ft. Desoto. It was so easy to get on and off the boat with the ramp. The Captain and crew were so knowledgeable about the island and all it had to offer. Everyone on board were laughing and having a terrific time. We watched people trying to go down a very steep household ladder on the yellow Quest boat, I would not recommend this to anyone no matter how fit you are, and you will be very wet while walking around, we heard lots of complaints. Egmont Key has so much to see and do, from gopher tortoises to many species of birds, the forts and old lighthouse are awesome, the red brick roads take you into an old city, lots of great shelling or snorkling, and we found the rangers on the island to be most helpful. This was our first visit, we are local, and will be going out at least once a month. You will not be disappointed no matter how young or old you are.

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Reviewed 19 September 2012

A boat ride away, Egmont Key is a wonderful place to visit. Snorkeling the ruins of Fort Dade found us swimming with barracuda and enjoying bright orange sea urchins attached to the fort's collapsed structure. While others spent their entire time there shelling which is indeed an enjoyable activity, we chose to explore the history and beauty of this island thoroughly and were glad that we did. From the old turtle that lives near the lighthouse, to the remaining buildings that exist from a lost place in time, this was a marvelous addition to our visit. The trails allow you to see beautiful foliage as well as get one lost in all the twists and turns. FYI - the best shelling isn't along the shoreline. Take your snorkeling mask along and venture out but a few feet to find true treasures that abound on the water's floor!

5  Thank Timmer304
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