The Best Destinations in the
St. Pete Beach Area
Enjoy all the amazing beauty of the Saint Pete Beach area, including Shell Key, Bunches Pass, Sand Dollar Key, Jack's Key, John's Pass, and More.
A great place to take the family shelling or relax and enjoy the beautiful blue water for the day. Hard to beat the beauty you will find on this small key. In the early 1990’s, the sandbar just south of Pass-a-Grill Beach known as Shell Island joined with it’s neighboring island to the south to form one contiguous island.
In 2000, Pinellas County acquired a lease from the State of Florida to establish Shell Key (a.k.a. Shell Island) as a Wildlife Preserve. The state lease includes all the submerged areas spanning to the Pinellas Bayway. At that time, new rules regarding alcohol and public use were enacted to comply with the requirements of the state lease. In 2007, the plan came up for its scheduled review and update. After several months of public debate and input from various interests, County staff began formulating proposals to restrict camping, alcohol and pets from Shell Key.
Bunces Pass is located within Fort DeSoto County Park and is the pass that separates the Park from Shell Key. It’s totally unspoiled and the only buildings that can be seen are located miles away in St. Pete Beach.
The main area to anchor is at the southern shoreline of the pass. Within this area you’ll find shallow waters, a spacious, interior lagoon and a combination of hard and soft sand.
OUTBACK / SAND DOLLAR KEY
Come enjoy the sandbar and all the migrating birds, a nice lagoon right off the Gulf of Mexico with some of the most pristine beach land you will find.
If your idea of a great day is to remain low-key and away from the crowds, this is the place for you. Jack's Island is a very small island off the intracoastal waterway in a very quiet area with little boat traffic.
Drive by one of the many sandbars full of boats and enjoy the sandbar party! Its always a good time if a crowd and party atmosphere is what you are looking for. John's Pass is the place to be for fun!
One of the sandbars on Johns Pass. On the weekend at Eleanor Island, typically you will find a few hundred boats having a good time and hanging out together.
You can check out Doc Fords, Sea Dogs, Sea Hags, Shrimpy's, Tiki, Wharf, Red White and Booze, Island Grille, and so many other great locations at the Waterfront Cafes. There are quite a few places to stop and grab something to eat as well as get some great drinks. We will happily point you in the right direction.
EGMONT KEY (W/ CAPTAIN)
Although this park is primarily a wildlife refuge, it can be a personal refuge - a place to relax and collect shells along secluded, pristine beaches. Accessible only by boat, Egmont Key has a unique natural and cultural history, including a lighthouse that has stood since 1858. During the 19th century, the island served as a camp for captured Seminoles at the end of the Third Seminole War and was later occupied by the Union Navy during the Civil War. In 1898, as the Spanish-American War threatened, Fort Dade was built on the island and remained active until 1923.
In addition to touring the historic sites and trails, visitors can enjoy swimming, fishing, wildlife viewing and picnicking. Egmont Key is located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, southwest of Fort De Soto Beach. Due to the remote nature of the island, there is no drinking water on the island and there are no stores. Please remember to bring water, food and sunscreen when you visit.
INSHORE AND NEAR-SHORE FISHING
DOLPHINS AND MANATEES
Ready for dolphin and manatee encounters? Our boat tours are a great way to see dolphins and manatees. We will happily guide you in the direction of seeing wildlife. Keep in mind, during the colder months manatee will usually head for the warmer water at the power plant and usually not be seen as often, but dolphins tend to be around all the time.