No monkeying around - there is actually an island of wild monkeys in Florida and you can kayak right up to it. Monkey Island of Homosassa, as it's called, is located only a short while north of Tampa and it is absolutely spectacular.\nWhile there are plenty of amazing places to kayak around Florida, like Weeki Wachee, the Mangroves and even all of the local beaches - there is certainly no place that offers the same view as Homosassa River.\nMonkey Island sits in the middle of the river and is often compared to being a monkey "Alcatraz." The wild primate inhabitants of the island are a family of five spider monkeys and they are there year-round. The curious critters are owned by The Homosassa Riverside Resort who care for and feed them regularly.\nHistory has it that Monkey Island was started in the mid-1900s after a doctor had captured monkeys and brought them to America where they were used to perfect the polio vaccine. The original group of monkeys were causing chaos on the mainland and were banished to live on their own island oasis so they could no longer interfere with the locals. They remain on the island because they prefer not to swim and the river acts as a natural barrier.\nThose monkeys have since passed away and were replaced with the current group.\nView this post on Instagram Monkey Island: they basically built a holiday version of Alcatraz for the monkeys since they were causing so much trouble. One time a kayaker decided to land on monkey island. The monkey pictured here stole his oar and beat him with it until he retreated. A post shared by Kieran Huggins (@khug) on Nov 13, 2018 at 10:06am PST\nREAD ALSO: There Is A Magical Place In Florida Where You Can Get Up Close And Personal With Wolves\nThe island has remained a popular sightseeing destination for tourists and you are allowed to kayak up to it, however, you are not allowed on the island nor can you interact with the monkeys for their safety and yours. There is video surveillance on the island 24/7.\nLegend further has it that one time a kayaker decided to land on monkey island and, hilariously, one of the monkeys stole his oar and beat him with it until he retreated.\nStill, you can get pretty darn close while maintaining a safe distance.\nREAD ALSO: Florida Is Home To One Of The World's Only Underwater Hotels And It's Absolutely Magical\nYou can see the monkeys from the Homosassa Riverside Resort or you can get closer by boating over. The location of the resort is 5297 S. Cherokee Way, Homosassa, FL 34448.\nMore information about the island can be found here.\nWe strongly advise that before you go swimming or visit any location, you check the most recent updates on potential hazards, security, water quality, and closures. If you do plan to visit a location, respect the environment.