Over the last few months, I have made numerous trips to Egmont Key and I have not once been disappointed. On any given day, boats of all shapes and sizes can be found anchored off Egmont and their crews enjoying the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water. I made my trips this past spring and summer aboard a Key West 17’, a Boston Whaler 26’, and most recently aboard a Beneteau Swift Trawler 42’. I have to admit, I preferred the ride from downtown St. Pete, through the Skyway, and to the Northeast corner of Egmont aboard the Swift Trawler 42′, we cruised at 18 knots with the AC running the whole way. The ability the trawler has to get up and go was also greatly appreciated when we outran a summertime thunderstorm on the way home. The 30 mile round trip to Egmont Key is the perfect day trip from downtown St. Pete or from the beaches between Pass-A-Grille and Treasure Island.
Itinerary for a trip from downtown St. Pete to Egmont Key
10:00AM – Publix for subs, ice, water, and sunscreen.
10:30AM – Pack the ice chest, load the boat, and apply the sunscreen.
11:00AM – Cast off.
11:30AM – Slow down just enough so your crew can admire view from under the Sunshine Skyway Bridge.
12:00PM – Arrive at the Northeast end of Egmont Key and find a spot to anchor.
2:00PM – Hike around the island. Be sure to explore Fort Dade and admire the perfect beaches on the West side of the island. Keep your eyes peeled for the box turtles and gopher tortoises that inhabit the island.
4:00PM – One last swim before heading home.
5:30PM – Arrive back in downtown St. Pete. (Option: dinner at one of the dockside restaurants in downtown St. Pete. I suggest Fresco’s or Fishtails).
*On my next trip to Egmont I plan to snorkel the ruins off the Southwest end of the island.