Egmont Key Tours Include:
- Boat ride to Egmont Key
- Six (6) hour stay at Egmont Key
- Snorkel Gear
- Ice Box for Food/Drinks
The island of Egmont Key has unique natural and cultural histories, which
have made it a valuable resource since the time settlers first arrived in
Named in honor of John Perceval, the second Earl of Egmont and member of
the Irish House of Commons in 1763, Egmont Key has had Spanish
conquistadors and nuclear submarines pass its shores as they entered Tampa
Egmont Key State Park is cooperatively managed by the Florida Department
of Environmental Protection, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the U.S.
Coast Guard. Access to the island is by boat only. The park is located at
the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort DeSoto Beach.
Egmont Key is a lush island full of a variety of vegetation.
Fort Dade is open to the public for exploration. Part of the fort is
underwater and may be accessed using simple snorkel equipment which is
provided by Anna Maria Charters. There are various nature trails
including a brick trail set up when the fort was built to allow for easy
island access to the island's 300 residents. The lighthouse, built
in 1858, is still fully functional and has been taken over by the
Coastguard and the State of Florida for preservation.
There is local scuba rental for anyone interested. Cost of
renting gear is the responsibility of the interested party. Native
Charters frequently uses this scuba rental, so arrangements may be made
through Anna Maria Charters to secure the best rates.