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“Absolutely beautiful”

Egmont Key State Park
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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 20 December 2013 via mobile

Rented a pontoon boat and took the family there.....it is beautiful.
Lots and lots of shells, a nearly perfect white sand beach, and we had the whole place to ourselves!
Easy to reach by boat, lots of places to beach the boat, and lovely island trails.
The fort and lighthouse are very cool...wrought with history and interesting times!
A great place to visit!

1  Thank Mjldly
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Reviewed 1 September 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our time on the water and on Egmont Key. My husband and I love lighthouses and always get our lighthouse passports stamped when we visit one. On this trip, the lighthouse was closed, which is where the stamp is located. The Park Rangers were kind enough to go into the lighthouse and get the stamp for us so we could stamp our passports. The snorkeling was a lot of fun! I've read reviews where people say visibility was poor at best, but that was not our experience at all! We saw an array of fish along with a few stingrays. The Captain and crew of the Egmont Ferry were fantastic! They pointed out interesting and historical places and were friendly and accommodating. A great way to spend a few hours!

5  Thank Brenda B
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Reviewed 14 August 2013

Accessible only by boat or ferry from Fort Desoto ($20) Egmont Key is an island rich with wildlife and history. Part of the island is a bird sanctuary that is home to over 33,000 nesting pairs of shorebirds from Laughing Gulls to Pelicans and several kinds of Terns. You will also find the highly threatened Gopher Tortoise roaming the island. This year there were 83 sea turtle nests as well. It is also rich in American history. There you will find ruins of forts built during the Spanish American War and a lighthouse built in the 1940's. The beaches are pristine with pure white sand and great for finding sharks teeth. Do not miss this opportunity, it may not be here after the next big hurricane! The island is disappearing quickly from erosion despite efforts by the Egmont Key Alliance. If you enjoy your stay you can sign a petition asking for Federal funding at saveegmontkey.com.

6  Thank lizqueenbee
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Reviewed 11 August 2013

We went in June and it was very hot already of course. The ride out to the island was very pitchy -- I was suprised no one threw up. There are aspects of the island that are maybe a little depressing. Forts almost always are kind of depressing to me, and there is a history of fortification here. The roads and remnants of buildings are interesting, though. There are no bathrooms or latrines (or concessionaires) so be prepared to find a place to take care of that if needed. Definitely take enough liquid (water, gatorade, etc.) so that you don't become dehydrated (a danger in this area during summer). There was a family that was very unprepared for Egmont Key, though they were good sports and went anyway (were expecting facilities, etc.). Remember to bring cash, to tip the ferry folks.

5  Thank P G
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Reviewed 25 July 2013

To see unspoiled beach, huge turtles, excellent shelling (we found a perfectly shaped and preserved unoccupied conch shell!), snorkeling, historical walk through the fort ruins, great photo opportunites of the lighthouse and landscape you have to visit Egmont Key. We prefer to drive to Fort DeSoto park and catch Hubbard's Marina's ferry shuttle that takes off twice each morning for Egmont Key and returns twice each afternoon to tak you back. The ferry staff is friendly and they have food and drinks for sale, will rent you snorkeling gear and will take you to the sunken Fort ruins for snorkeling before exploring the beach if you like. Hubbard's goes out of their way to make sure you have fun and will point out dolphins, manatee and sometimes sharks on your ride out to the Key. We take this trip every year and recommend it to everyone we know. There are no services on the island, so be sure to bring a small cooler with food & beverages for the beach, sunscreen, hat and cover up. Bring a mesh bag for shells too because there are a TON! Cash is preferred for the ferry, so bring some cash too. :) P.S. No restrooms on the island.

8  Thank BusinessTravlere
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