Egmont Key State Park is located near Fort DeSoto. It’s home to a wildlife refuge, a lighthouse, and the cool-looking ruins and structures of Fort Dade that date back to the Spanish-American War. It’s only accessible by boat or ferry, and there’s no overnight camping allowed on the island, but you can rent a boat and camp on the nearby Shell Key Preserve. We took the ferry out with a group of people (most of whom we didn’t see the rest of the time on the island), although our ferry operator was so visibly pissed that he had to go out to Egmont Key and that he complained about the trip the whole way and kept trying to bully us into going to Shell Key Preserve instead. In spite of our grumpy ferry operator, it was well worth the trip, and I would love to go back and camp out on Shell Key Preserve with a rented boat, so I would have more time to spend on the island.
Links:http://www.stateparks.com/egmont_key_fl.html http://www.floridastateparks.org/egmontkey/ http://egmontkey.info/ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Egmont_Key_State_Park http://hubbardsmarina.com/Egmont http://www.shellkey.org/ (All photos taken by me–copyright disclaimer)