Just off the coast of Naples, a stunning little island awaits your discovery. You'll have to take a boat to get there, but it's totally worth the planning. Keewaydin Island is the South Florida island oasis you'll never want to leave.
This little slice of paradise is only accessible by boat; If you happen to own one, you can launch off a nearby boat ramp and navigate your way to the island. If you don't own one or you simply don't trust your own navigational skills using a rental, a ferry will get you there stress-free!
Keewaydin is an island true to the Salt Life - offering pristine beaches perfect for your island escape. The white sands touch the surrounding clear turquoise waters offering some of the most stunning views imaginable. The long stretch of beach is also perfect for shelling and sunbathing.
Of course, if you're swimming or snorkeling in the gorgeous turquoise depths - the surrounding waters have been known for manatee, dolphin, and other marine-life spottings; perfect if you've ever wanted to get up close with nature. Or venture further onto land for stunning canopy covered beach trails and bird sightings.
Both sides of the Salt Life exist on the island - on the other side you'll find a little piece of the Florida island party lifestyle. Just anchor your boat, turn on some tunes, and ride the current on a floatie.
You can even get burgers and ice cream from boats that park on the island for a treat! You could start your day off enjoying this side of the island and a bite to eat, then try to find the hidden lazy river - which will take you through to the other side with a leisurely downstream float to the stunning views and shelling at the other island's end.
No matter which way you decide to enjoy this stunning oasis, you'll be left with memories and views that will last a lifetime. Your own little island escape.
Location: Off the west coast of Naples. You can take a ferry to get there or launch off a nearby boat ramp and navigate there. The coordinates are 26.0704° N, 81.7869° W.
Hours: Generally 7 am to Sunset Daily; however you can camp overnight in the designated area, or even rent a stunning home on the island with your friends for a weekend island retreat.
Why you need to go: Some of the most stunning views Florida's west coast has to offer. You can choose which way you want to enjoy the island - a boat party with ice cream, or a stunning nature retreat. This place is top notch for shelling, swimming, and snorkeling - you're likely to spot some dolphins, manatee and other marine life while you're swimming; A well rounded 1 stop destination for 2 different island escapes!
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