Tampa Bay to Egmont Key

Distance
18nm
Type
Coastal
Avg Speed
5 kts
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20 kts
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Time Estimate
3 hr 36 min
1 hr 48 min
54 min
36 min

Tampa Bay to Egmont Key by boat

To travel from Tampa Bay to Egmont Key, you'll navigate across the waters of Tampa Bay and head southwest towards the mouth of the bay. Here's a route description:

Depart from Tampa Bay: Begin your journey from a suitable boat ramp, marina, or waterfront location within Tampa Bay. Ensure that your boat is properly fueled, equipped, and in good working condition.

Head southwest towards Egmont Key: Leave Tampa Bay and head southwest towards the mouth of the bay. Pay attention to other vessels, navigational aids, and any marked channels as you make your way towards Egmont Key.

Navigate through the Egmont Channel: Once you reach the mouth of Tampa Bay, you'll find the Egmont Channel, which provides a marked navigational route to Egmont Key. Follow the channel, staying within the designated depths and being mindful of any buoys or markers.

Pass Egmont Channel Entrance: As you proceed along the Egmont Channel, you'll approach the entrance to Egmont Key. Pay attention to the navigational aids and any potential hazards, such as shallow areas or sandbars, as you enter the vicinity of the key.

Arrive at Egmont Key: Once you navigate through the entrance, you'll arrive at Egmont Key. This picturesque island is part of Egmont Key State Park and offers beautiful beaches, historic structures, and opportunities for nature exploration. Be sure to follow any guidelines or regulations established by the park.

Egmont Key Weather Information

Tampa Bay to Egmont Key route information

Tampa Bay Skyline: Begin your journey by admiring the impressive skyline of downtown Tampa as you depart from the bay. Take in the views of iconic buildings such as the Tampa Riverwalk, Amalie Arena, and the Tampa Convention Center.

Davis Islands: As you make your way towards Egmont Key, you'll pass by Davis Islands, a beautiful residential community located on two islands in Hillsborough Bay. Enjoy the picturesque waterfront homes, marinas, and the Davis Islands Yacht Club as you sail past.

Sunshine Skyway Bridge: The Sunshine Skyway Bridge is a prominent landmark connecting St. Petersburg to Terra Ceia in Palmetto. This cable-stayed bridge is an architectural marvel and offers stunning views of the bay. Sail underneath it and marvel at its grandeur.

Fort De Soto Park: Just south of the Skyway Bridge, you'll find Fort De Soto Park, a popular recreational area known for its beautiful beaches, nature trails, and historic fort. Consider making a stop at the park to explore the fort, go for a swim, or have a picnic on the shore.

Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge: As you approach Egmont Key, you'll pass by Passage Key National Wildlife Refuge, a small island refuge that serves as a nesting area for birds and sea turtles. Enjoy the scenic views of this uninhabited island and keep an eye out for wildlife.

Egmont Key Lighthouse: The highlight of the journey is Egmont Key itself, a small island at the mouth of Tampa Bay. The Egmont Key Lighthouse stands as a historic landmark and serves as a navigational aid. Take some time to explore the island, visit the lighthouse, and learn about its fascinating history.

Egmont Key State Park: Egmont Key State Park offers pristine beaches, clear waters, and a wealth of natural beauty. Explore the island's trails, go snorkeling or swimming, and keep an eye out for the ruins of Fort Dade, a former military fortification.

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