Keewaydin Island Beaches

Undiscovered Paradise Keewaydin Island

Why We Love It: Hidden in plain view, this tropical retreat straddles the Gulf Coast between Naples and Marco Islands.

No bridges connect it to the mainland, so you’ll need to make like a local and go by boat.


What To Eat: Pack a picnic if you like (be sure to bring plenty of cold drinks), but look to the Intracoastal around lunchtime for the local burger barge, which pulls up on the sand to serve hot sandwiches with ice-cold sodas and beer.

What To Do: Dock on the Intracoastal side for a glorious day of beachcombing, sunning, fishing, and strolling on a deserted isle.

Insider's Tip: The first weekend in May locals from Naples and Marco throw a beach party at Keewaydin, linking their boats around the south end of the island.

Key Island, locally known as Keewaydin, is a special place.



It serves as a sanctuary for wildlife and a recreational destination for local residents and tourists.

The 8-mile-long island is one of southwest Florida's largest unbridged barrier islands.

Least terns and loggerhead sea turtles use the island's pristine beach as a vital nesting ground.

People also enjoy the island, which provides a great opportunity to experience Florida's natural coast. Thousands of boaters visit the island each year.

“Pure paradise”

We visited the island as a part of our tour with Eco Adventures. This is a pristine beach with lots of shells.

We also saw a sawfish trolling the beach about 3 feet away from us.

We arrived early in the morning and had most of the beach to ourselves. As we were leaving the beach was starting to get...

“Wow! What a beach!”

We had rented a pontoon and made our way to Keewaydin for the day and it absolutely lived up to our hopes!

Truly gorgeous beach - we could go out pretty far and it wasn't deep!

The water was turquoise and there weren't that many people on the beach! The kids enjoyed shelling, looking for little crabs, and building sandcastles....

“Found some great shells”

This is a great beach to walk along as you can only get there by boat very few people are on the beach at any given time. Really gives you a chance to relax.

Southwest Florida Shuffle

"From the first of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.

The first thing most locals will tell you is to ' The Naples Shuffle' your feet as you walk in the surf. By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.

It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense." alt="Southwest Florida Shuffle"

  • From the First of May until the end of October every year is Stingray season on the beaches of Southwest Florida.  
  • The first thing most locals will tell you is to your feet as you walk in the surf. 
  • By shuffling your feet, you will scare off any stingrays before you have a chance to step on them.
  • It doesn't matter how big or small they are, if you step on them they will nail you with the barb in their tail out of defense. 

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