Egmont Key Sandbar and Explore Old Fort

By Published On: October 29th, 2020

Egmont Key Sandbar is Family Fun!

Published on 10/29/20: While beautiful Egmont Key is only accessible by boat, you need not own a boat to reach it. Read ahead to learn how!

Egmont Key is full of history and only 20-25 minutes southwest of St Pete. It’s different than the previous boating destinations (sandbars) we’ve mentioned. In the case of Egmont, you’ll enjoy nature trails, Fort ruins, a lighthouse standing since 1858, an abundance of wildlife, and fishing opportunities. Egmont is definitely a favorite of our family!

From Egmont Key social media: 

“…In 1898, as the Spanish-American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923 […] Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge – a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War.”

For our son, walking around/thru an old Fort is the equivalent of Indiana finding the Holy Grail.

If you don’t own a boat, there are excursion companies to show you around! For instance Island Boat Adventures has Egmont adventures from $45 at the time of this posting.

Island Boat Adventures Info:

Google Reviews: 371 with a 4.8/5 Average

Address: 2902 Miriam St S, Gulfport

Phone: 727-871-2628

📷 credit to Island Boat Adventures and Egmont Key State Park for a couple of these photos, the others are from our family outings.

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Written by : St Petersburg Realtor, Mike Braswell

Mike Braswell is a Tampa Bay Realtor, serving St Petersburg, Clearwater, all nearby beaches and more. Mike started LovingStPete in October of 2020 after a difficult year took its toll on local businesses. After being cooped up for portions of 2020 (lockdown) Mike and his son decided to get out and explore, helping spread the good word about the local area he loves so much. Often even doing gift card giveaways to support local. LovingStPete is now followed by over 48 thousand people on social media! The majority of posts are informative on fun parks, activities, day trips, great restaurants, and in general provide a comprehensive tour of the area!

Soon after receiving his bachelors in Management Information Systems, Mike developed and then operated a vacation rental advertising business for 10+ years as CEO/Owner. The business was eventually acquired by VRBO. Mike has earned the trust of many large clients over the years. Such as NFL, Wynn Resorts, Blue Cross Blue Shield, VISA, Genuine Parts Company (NAPA Auto Parts), AT&T, and other Fortune 500 companies.

When not spending time with his beautiful wife and energetic son, Mike enjoys boating and is also an avid tennis player. An interesting fact about Mike is that he grew up on an avocado farm with over 15 varieties, some of which you can find in our local Publix/Winn Dixie as his dad still farms the same farm at 87 years old!

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