Ehmont Key with lighthouse and boats
Egmont Key

Located in the mouth of Tampa Bay, Egmont Key is a popular boating destination for boaters looking to explore, learn about history and see some wildlife.

The island is only accessible by boat, and it includes a lighthouse and fort that date back to the 1800’s. Egmont Key is a unique combination of Florida history, beautiful beaches and wildlife viewing.

Beer Can Island AKA Pine Key
Beer Can Island AKA Pine Key

Located in the heart of Tampa Bay, Beer Can Island provides an oasis for Florida boaters.

The island features a full sized tiki bar, sand volleyball court, campground, event stage and so much more.

Beer Can Island is a quick 30-minute boat ride from downtown Tampa. Anyone is welcome to visit and it’s only $10 a year to use the island’s amenities.

Shell Key loacted at the mouth of Tampa Bay
Shell Key

This is a perfect secluded getaway spot without having to travel far. The Preserve is an important sanctuary for nesting, wintering, and migrating birds, as well as a popular fishing and boating area. Access to Shell Key is limited to water vessels, including private boats or public shuttles such as the Shell Key Shuttle.

Remember this is an undeveloped barrier island and there are no facilities on it. And, while boaters can pull their boat right up to this island preserve, they should check local tide charts before navigating the shallow waters that lie to the east of Shell Key.

Honeymoon Island Sunset
Honeymoon Island

Activities include birding, fishing, hiking and sunbathing. Amenities include picnic pavilions, bathhouses, a park concession, nature trails, bird observation areas, a beach for pets, and a passenger ferry to Caladesi Island State Park.

The Osprey Trail (2 miles long) and the Pelican Cove Trail (3/4 miles long) circle the forested, eastern side of the island. On these trails you can find palmetto trees, an eagle nest and slash pine,

Caladesi Island

You can kayak the placid waters of St. Joseph Sound from the Dunedin causeway, floating through Hurricane Pass to land on the shore, or ease your private boat up the mangrove-lined channels and into the 99-slip marina. Or do as the majority of visitors do: take the Caladesi Island Connection, a 20 minute ferryboat ride from Honeymoon Island, which departs daily on the hour, weather permitting. Dunedin Pass is filled with sand, so Caladesi is now connected to its sister barrier island.

Three Rooker Island
Three Rooker Island

Also called Three Rooker Bar, this small island was formed in recent decades as a result of currents and sand build up at this location. Three Rooker Island is a popular destination for weekend boaters to drop anchor, hang out and relax. During popular boating times, the island can get somewhat crowded. The island is located north of Honeymoon Island, west of the Tarpon Springs area.
Anclote Key

Anchlote Key with boat
Anchlote Key

Located three miles off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Anclote Key Preserve is only accessible by private charter boat or ferry.