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Keewaydin Island is a barrier island that extends from Naples, Florida to Marco Island, Florida and is only accessible by boat. We visit three areas on the island depending on what you would like to do.
The most popular area on the island to visit is the Southern End. This is where most private boats pull up on the island. There are food boats, ice cream boats, cocktail boats and t-shirt venders that pull up on the Southern End and sell their goods. Things to do on the Southern End are swimming, shelling, picnicking, walking and exploring. This area of the island has beach on both the Gulf side and the inside of the island and can accommodate the most vessels. The views are breathtaking and the shelling is superb. We recommend at least a Half-Day Tour to visit the Southern End.
The Midpoint is another popular spot on the island and is less crowded, but without the party atmosphere and the food venders. We beach the boat on the inland side of the island in protected waters and you walk a forest path (approximately 150') to the Gulf side beach. This area of the island is less crowded and the shelling tends to be better. Swimming is limited to days when the Gulf of Mexico is calmer (when light to moderate breezes are out of the South, Southeast, East or Northeast). When the winds are moderate or stronger from the Southwest, West or Northwest, the Gulf can become very choppy for swimming. We suggest at least a Three Hour Tour to visit the Midpoint of Keewaydin.
Hidden Beach is most secluded area of the island that we visit. Hidden Beach is only accessible during mid rising tides due to the shallow waters that need to be traversed to get there. The shelling and swimming are excellent. If you want to visit Keewaydin Island without the larger crowds, this is best location to visit, but you'll have to coordinate your visit with the tides. While visiting Hidden Beach may be done on a 2 Hour Tour, We recommend at least the Three Hour Tour so you have time to swim, shell and explore.