Best Beer Can Island Snorkeling

The 11th most popular snorkel dive spot in Florida Gulf Coast.

  Sarasota, Florida Gulf Coast, USA


  November 19, 2016

Northwest of Sarasota at the north end of Long Boat Key, the snorkeling off Beer Can Island offers views of sand flats with some small marine life and occasional stingrays. Beer Can Island, also known as Greer Island, is a very primative, protected white sand beach connected to the northern tip of Long Boat Key. While snorkeling off Beer Can Island, you may see sea urchins, clams, grabs, sand dollars, sea stars and sometimes dolphins offshore.

To reach the Beer Can Island snorkeling from Sarasota, head west on SR789 through St Armands Key and then northwest up Long Boat Key. Just before the bridge to Santa Maria Island, turn left heading west on North Shore Road to the end. There is roadside parking for about 10 cars. Walk north on the beach to the channel. Snorkeling on the Florida Gulf Coast, such as at Beer Can Island, is not known for good visibility. Matter of fact, the snorkeling is known for very low water clarity in the range from 1 foot to 7 feet most of the year.

Overall, Beer Can Island is the 11th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Florida Gulf Coast. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Beer Can Island including Siesta Key, Casey Key, Venice Public Beach and Lido Key.

Local Contacts:  SeaKat Divers, Bradenton Beach (941) 779-0100; Florida Tourism (850) 488-5607

Best Season:  Apr - May

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Sun N Sea Cottages, Long Boat Key

Luxury Loding:  Hilton, Long Boat Key

Breakfast Restaurant:  Blue Dolphin Cafe, St Armands

GPS:  27.436391, -82.689403

Date Published:  12/31/2011

Date Updated:  11/19/2016

ID:  23631

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