Day Trippin’ to Egmont Key State Park, FL

Juan Kouyoumdjian and Beneteau
December 21, 2010
J/111 Option Update 12-21-2010
December 21, 2010

Day Trippin’ to Egmont Key State Park, FL

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 of Egmont and their crews enjoying the white sandy beaches and crystal clear water.  I made my trips this 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 the ride from downtown St. Pete, through the Skyway, and to the Northeast side of Egmont was very pleasant aboard the Swift Trawler 42’.  We cruised at 18 knots with the AC running the whole way.  The ability for the trawler to get up and go was greatly appreciated when were able to outrun a summertime thunderstorm on the way home.  The 15 mile ride out 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 to Egmont from Downtown St. Pete

 

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 North East end of Egmont Key and find a spot to anchor.

12:30PM – Lunch and swimming.

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 dockside restaurant in downtown St. Pete, Frescos or Fishtails).

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