HEMINGWAY WATER SHUTTLE
Your Express Ride to Keewaydin Island
Adult $44, Child $22
Keewaydin Island is a hidden gem! Ranked #2 by TripAdvisor in top things to do in Marco Island, it is a great spot to do a variety of beach activities such as; shelling, swimming, walking, playing beach games, having a picnic, relaxing, or spotting a variety of marine life. This destination is accessible only by boat. Ditch the hassle of renting your own boat and worrying about limited beach parking or drinking while driving. Hemingway Water Shuttle offers a carefree, flexible, and affordable way of seeing and experiencing the island. Choose from a variety of departure and return times - making the trip fit your schedule! Hop on at Rose Marina and be dropped off on the beach at Keewaydin Island.
Features of our trip include:
- Free Parking
- Easy to use booking experience, use your mobile device!
- Complimentary water
- Beach chairs and umbrella available
- Bring your own coolers and food
More about Keewaydin Island:
Keewadyin Island is a barrier island located within the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Reserve. It is bordered by an inland waterway to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west. The Island is currently 15% privately owned and 85% public lands. The island is only accessible by boat - there are no cars, bridges, or roads which keep the beaches, waters, and land primitive. A variety of wildlife is able to reproduce and occupy the island such as white-tailed deer, wild boar, sea turtles, birds, seashells, crabs, wild plants, and grasses. In order to keep this land pristine, there are numerous conservatory efforts ongoing so it is important that visitors treat and respect the island as they would their own. It is crucial that all garbage and waste is taken off the island with you. Do not take any live seashells and do not cut or pull out any vegetation. Summertime is turtle nesting season, please make sure you stay on the designated paths and do not disturb or touch any of the nests.
There are numerous activities to do on the island. The island is known to be one of the best shelling areas in the world. The white sandy beaches make the time spent on the island enjoyable whether visitors are shelling, walking, picnicking, swimming, or fishing. The gulf side of the island tends to be less busy and a nice place to lay down a towel to sunbathe or relax. The east side of the southern tip is more active with people. There are numerous boats, including food and drink vendors that pull up the beach for the day. Most vendors accept credit cards but cash is sometimes easier. Around 5p the island quiets down and is a nice time to watch the sunset. Some visitors tent camp for a night. Please note, there are no bathroom facilities on the island so plan accordingly.