The islands are only accessible by boat. While many visitors use small shallow-draft personal powerboats, many other types of vessels (kayaks, canoes, sailboats, SUP’s, etc.) can be used, and almost all types are available for rent by various outfitters throughout the region. Everyone is strongly encouraged to check weather and conditions as they relate to type of vessel and skill before setting out, and make sure your vessel is in a safe operational condition and you have all the necessary safety equipment and supplies for a safe and enjoyable trip on the water. It’s also always a good idea to notify someone of your plans or file a float plan with a responsible friend or family member and follow up with them when you’re safely off the water.
The interactive maps on this site do contain some of the more prevalent boat ramps, however for an in-depth resource with information on all the public boat ramps/paddling craft launches, including addresses, hours, fees, phone numbers, ramp types, and parking info, check out FWC’s Florida Public Boat Ramp Finder. For those who are planning on recreating overnight or camping, and are launching from a public ramp, it is always recommended that you contact whoever manages the ramp you’re using to check that it’s okay to leave a vehicle overnight.