Ever wonder what it would be like to stay on a deserted island? This is truly an adventure you will never forget. Once you land in paradise you will wander thru the looping trail system to find your campsite. There are (4) campsite with elevated tent platforms tucked back in the trees. Now that you are settled in, time to gather wood and build a fire in one of the (2) 8 fo
Ever wonder what it would be like to stay on a deserted island? This is truly an adventure you will never forget. Once you land in paradise you will wander thru the looping trail system to find your campsite. There are (4) campsite with elevated tent platforms tucked back in the trees. Now that you are settled in, time to gather wood and build a fire in one of the (2) 8 foot wide, 2 ton concrete fire pits.
Awake a dawn with a nice kayak/canoe trip on a secluded water trail thru mangrove islands and stop for lunch at River's Edge Bar & Grill across the river from the island. Having too much fun, take a nap in hammock and rock to breeze and sounds of river.
This is an island is accessible via water only so there is some preparation to get here and stay here. Kayaks, Canoes and a shuttle are available if you don't have your own transportation. Please contact prior to booking to ensure you understand the packages, for example, if you want to rent the whole island for yourself and need transportation for your group. We offer tailored quote for package based on your needs.
- Check in: After 12PM
- Check out: Before 12PM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 12 months out
- Response time: Within 6 hours
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Canoe with delivery/pick-up to site
Canoe with Live Vests and Paddles/ Per Day This includes a delivery and pick-...Read more
Kayak with delivery and pick-up
Kayak with Lifevest and Paddle/ per day. This includes Delivery and pick-up c...Read more
Tent - with rental of Canoe/Kayak
4 Person dome tent. This item is only available with rental of other items. A...Read more
Hammock with rental of Canoe/Kayak
Hammock rental per day. This option is only available with rental of other it...Read more
River Tour by Boat
2 hour tour upriver to "The Diddy" a natural spring. Ask about custom tours.
3 hour Tour - Trip thru a narrow mangrove trail out to the Flat of the Alafia...Read more
Provide Shuttle Service to Island
Provide shuttle service for guests and gear to and from the island per day. T...Read more
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
Natural features you'll find at Island Retreat Florida in Florida.
Island Old Florida Scrub
Places to see near Island Retreat Florida
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Private w/sounds of everyday life.
We enjoyed our experience camping on the Island. Eric is an excellent communicator, pay close attention to all information provided. Parking was great, landing on the island in an inflatable kayak was an adventure. During low tide it is very shallow at island docking. When we planned going off island we couldn't. We thought we could wade out to the deeper water to get in the kayak but the sand is too soft and we sank. We rearranged our plans to go out when the tide came in. Would love to return in the future with the purpose of cleaning it up. There was more trash than expected. I realize it gets washed up. The one evening it was warm there were no see ums, all part of nature. Go prepared, screen room took care of that annoyance. There is "white noise" or noise pollution, whichever way you see it. Power plant, road noise, barking dog, raceway nearby, but you are completely isolated and as long as you are aware then you plan accordingly. None of it bothered me. Cell phones work. Glad for the outhouse. The fire pits are excellent and we were able to use the grill stake and rack to make the burgers on the coals. Don't expect a peaceful paradise and you won't be disappointed. It is a very nice Island Retreat. Thankful for all Eric did to make our stay a wonderful mini-vaca.
What Eric is creating at the Island Retreat Florida is truly a unique and majestic experience. You are close enough to civilization yet isolated and surrounded by nature. We initially parked at Mosaic Park, but a family was kind enough to warn us not to park there overnight, as a lot of vehicle break-ins occur due to no lighting or surveillance. The boat ramp parking on the other side of the bridge was much safer and still easy to get to the island. I would definitely stay again.
We could have stayed a week, easily! Everything was really just perfect. The fire pits are HUGE, the campsites are too. There is plenty of shade, and the breeze off the water is everything. We stayed on a weekday, so we had the entire island to ourselves. We planned to kayak around and visit the restaurant, but we never left the island except for a quick trip into town. We loved the magic that Eric is creating on his island and we can’t wait to come back. The island is a blast to explore and it felt very safe and private. No alligators, snakes or other predators to worry about, and it actually wasn’t very buggy at all. Eric was a very gracious and considerate host. We didn’t get to meet him this trip, but he was super easy to reach if we had any questions. I am sure we will meet in the future, we are already planning our next trip. I doubt we will even bring a tent next time, there are plenty of great places to hang a hammock!!
It was an awesome trip! We rented the entire island for privacy/safety and he gave us a reasonable price. With bad weather conditions, he added an impromptu pontoon dropoff for my family.
Beware of the oyster beds!
The restaurant across the bay offers to go seafood and drinks. The oysters were amazing.
Downside is the trash that washes up onto the island. I know that it will require constant cleanup, but it was pretty bad.
Kinda nervous about letting people dig catholes to use the bathroom on such a small island.
Overall, was an amazing trip and I recommend it to everyone!
Very private and unique camping
This is a great alternative to traditional campgrounds, being that you’re on your own private island. A very unique experience on a convenient-to-everything island. Restaurants and the boat ramp are literally seconds away from the site. We ordered out and stayed at a primitive campsite - where else can you do that? The food was still hot when we came back from picking it up - by boat. Pretty awesome!
The 3 sites were built-up off the ground and well constructed. There was a 4th platform with a roof-over dining area that would have been very nice during rainstorms or the heat of summer. Fire pits were enormous and plenty of cut firewood was stacked in multiple convenient locations.
Eric was a gracious host and communicated everything about the island very well. My wife and 3 teenage boys rented out the whole island at a reasonable price. The boys had one campsite that was close by (a short walk through a canopy trail to the middle of the island), but far enough away that it provided them the independence teenage boys crave. My wife and I felt like we were all alone on the island most of the time.
A few tips... we came by 18’ aluminum Jon boat. If you’re familiar, these things float in inches of water. But a low tide (only) and in the last 10’ to the boat landing, we had to motor up and push in by pole. All other times there was easily 2-3’ of water under us all the way to the landing. Also, bring decent water shoes. Flip flops were not the thing to wear at the landing site due to some mud and oysters. Also, there is currently some bridge construction very nearby with work going on overnight. They used loudspeakers to communicate and had some frequent loud banging overnight. This obviously has nothing to do with the management of the island but keep this in mind if it’s still ongoing when you plan to stay. It was definitely noisy at night. My teenage sons and I are deep sleepers and didn’t have a problem, but my wife noted difficulty due to the noise.
Otherwise, this place is spectacular. We caught (and released) dozens of spotted sea trout and mangrove snapper nearby (mouth of the river) and truly enjoyed our stay. Thanks again to Eric for the hospitality and we will definitely be back!
Eric was a great host! The campsite is exactly as advertised and he was very welcoming and helped us tremendously when we had an emergency! The island itself is very private and in great condition.