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Florida

Summary: Total: 6 auto + 37? passenger; Longest: 130 miles; Shortest: 0.1 mile

Auto Ferries:

Drayton Island Ferry: From Georgetown to Drayton Island, on Lake George; daily except Wednesday and holidays; $10 roundtrip; To reach Georgetown landing: take Drayton Island Rd. from SSR 309; 0.25 mile. (904) 467-2194 (Putnam County)

Fisher Island Ferry: Private (?) access to Fisher Island from Miami Beach; every 15 minutes; 0.6 mile; 8 minutes; To reach ferry landing: Take US 41 (MacArthur Causeway) to Sams Island, about 0.5 mile west of Miami Beach. (Dade County)

Fort Gates Ferry: Across St. John's River, south of Welaka; daily 7 am to 5:30 pm, except Tuesday; $9 per car; 0.5 mile; To reach landing on east side of river: Go south about 3 miles on CR 309 from Welaka, then west on Fort Gates Ferry Rd.; To reach landing on west side of river: Go about 0.5 mile north of Salt Springs on SR 19, then 6.5 miles northeast on CR 43; oldest operating ferry in Florida. (904) 467-2411 (Putnam County)

Mayport Ferry: Across St. John's River, between Mayport and Fanning Island on SR A1A; daily, every 30 min from 6:30 am to 10 pm; $2.75 per car; 0.4 mile; Jean Ribault, Blackbeard, Jean Lafitte; began in 1948. (Duval County)

Palm Island Ferry: Private ferry to Palm Island resort community (on Knight Island/Don Pedro Island) from Cape Haze; daily on demand from 7:00 am to 10 pm; $5 roundtrip for pedestrians, $100/week for car; 5 minutes; since 1998; operated by Palm Island Transit. (941) 697-4800 or (800) 824-5412 (Charlotte County)

Yucatan Express: From Tampa, FL to Puerto Morelos (Quintana Roo) and Progreso (Yucatan), Mexico; once a week on each route; 1.5 days; November through April; 520 miles to Puerto Morelos, 670 miles to Progreso; $65-$405 per person one-way, depending on cabin type (assuming double occupancy); $149 per car one-way; port charges of $33.50 per person and $7.50 per car; departure and immigration taxes additional; M/S Scotia Prince; 200 vehicle capacity; 22 mph cruising speed; parking in Tampa for $10 per day. (866) 670-3939 Note: Temporarily suspended for 2003/2004 season due to need for port dredging.

Passenger Ferries:

Boca Grande ferry (Captiva Cruises): Across Pine Island Sound (?) from South Seas Resort on Captiva Island to Boca Grande; Tuesday through Saturday (seasonally only), leaving at 10:00am and returning at 4:00pm; $35 adult, $17 child (roundtrip); need to arrive at South Seas Resort guard gate at least 45 minutes ahead; 14 miles; 1 hr 30 min; directions. (941) 472-5300 (Lee County)

Boca Grande ferry (Tropic Star Cruises): Across Pine Island Sound, from Pine Island to Boca Grande; leaves at 11:00 am, returns at 4:00 pm?; $30 roundtrip; 8 miles; To reach dock: Take SR 78 to Pine Island Center, then north on CR 767, east on Barrancas Ave., and north on Portobello St. to Tropic Star Cruises. (941) 283-0015 (Lee County)

Cabbage Key ferry: Access across Pine Island Sound to private resort on Cabbage Key from South Seas Resort on Captiva Island; daily, leaving at 10:30am and returning at 3:30pm; $27.50 adult, $15 child (roundtrip); need to arrive at South Seas Resort guard gate at least 45 minutes ahead; 8 miles; 1 hr 15 min; directions; M/V Lady Chadwick. (941) 472-5300 (Lee County)

"Caladesi Connection" ferry: From Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island State Park; hourly service from 10 am to 5 pm weekdays, half-hourly on weekends; $6 adult (roundtrip?); 1.5 miles; 15 minutes; To reach Honeymoon Island: Go west from US 19A near Ozona on CR 585/Causeway Blvd. (727) 734-5263 (Pinellas County)

"Caladesi Island Adventure" ferry: From Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island State Park; daily, once an hour; $7 adult roundtrip, $3.50 child; additional charge for park entrance fee; 1.5 miles; 30 minutes; To reach Honeymoon Island: Go west from US 19A near Ozona to end of CR 585/Causeway Blvd.; 3 boats. (727) 734-1501 (Pinellas County)

Cayo Costa ferry: Across Charlotte Harbor, from Pine Island to Cayo Costa State Park; leaves at 9:30 am, 11:00 am, and 2:00 pm daily; $20 adult roundtrip, $15 children under 12; if staying overnight: $25 adult, $15 child; 7 miles; 20 min; To reach dock: Take SR 78 to Pine Island Center, then north on CR 767, east on Barrancas Ave., and north on Portobello St. to Tropic Star Cruises; Cayo Costa Star. (941) 283-0015 (Lee County)

Dog Island Ferry: Across St. George Sound, from Carrabelle to Dog Island; Thursday through Monday; $19 adult roundtrip, $9.50 child; 4 miles. (Franklin County)

Downtown West Palm Beach shuttle: Across Lake Worth, between Sailfish Marina in Palm Beach Shores (Singer Island) and downtown West Palm Beach; Thursday and Saturday nights; $6 one way, $9 roundtrip; 4 miles; To reach Sailfish Marina from US 1 in Riviera Beach: Take SR A1A/SR 708 east to Palm Beach Shores on Singer Island, then go south on Lake Drive for 0.4 mile; To reach downtown West Palm Beach dock: From SR 704, go north on US 1 for 0.7 mile, east on 3rd St., then north on Flagler Dr.; operated by Palm Beach Water Taxi. (561) 683-TAXI (8294) (Palm Beach County)

Egmont Key ferry (Cortez Lady): Across Anna Maria Sound and Tampa Bay, from Cortez to Egmont Key State Park, at mouth of Tampa Bay; Tues./Thurs./Sat.; $20 adult, $10 child; 9 miles; Cortez Lady. (941) 761-9777 (Manatee and Hillsborough Counties)

Egmont Key ferry (Capt. Dave): Across Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg Beach to Egmont Key State Park, at mouth of Tampa Bay; 16 miles; To reach dock from US 19A: Go south and west on SR 693/66th St./Pasadena Ave., across Corey Causeway to St. Petersburg Beach, then north on SR 699/Blind Pass Rd. about a mile. (727) 367-4336 (Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties)

Egmont Key ferry (Capt. Frank): Across Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg Beach to Egmont Key State Park, at mouth of Tampa Bay; 15 miles; To reach dock from US 19A: Go south and west on SR 693/66th St./Pasadena Ave., across Corey Causeway to St. Petersburg Beach, then south on Mangrove St., and east on Corey Ave. (727) 345-4500 (Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties)

Egmont Key ferry (Capt. Kidd): Across Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg Beach to Egmont Key State Park, at mouth of Tampa Bay; 13 miles; To reach dock from I-275: Go west on SR 679/Pinellas Bayway/54th Ave. to St. Petersburg Beach, then north on SR 699/Gulf Blvd. about a mile. (727) 360-2263 (Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties)

Egmont Key ferry (Hubbards): Across Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg Beach to Egmont Key State Park, at mouth of Tampa Bay; Tuesday-Sunday, leaves at 9 am, returns at 1 pm; $35 adult, $25 child under 12; 13 miles; To reach dock from I-275: Go west on SR 679/Pinellas Bayway/54th Ave. to St. Petersburg Beach, then north on SR 699/Gulf Blvd. about a mile to "Dolphin Landings". (727) 398-6577 (Pinellas and Hillsborough Counties)

Fort Lauderdale Water Bus: Along Intracoastal Waterway and New River, between SR 816/Oakland Park Blvd and 3rd Ave, with 15 regular stops and 6 whistle stops; daily, 9 am to midnight; $4 adult one-way, $2 youth; $5 all-day pass; 7 miles of route; To reach Water Taxi Base: Take SR A1A/17th St./Seabreeze Blvd. east and north 2.6 miles (just before Swimming Hall of Fame); 26' open-air "Oldports", 38' "Megas", and 42' hybrid-electric Water Buses. (954) 467-6677 (Broward County)

Fort Matanzas Ferry: Across Matanzas River, from Anastasia Island to Fort Matanzas on Rattlesnake Island; daily, except closed on first Wednesday/Thursday of month and on Christmas Day; leaves dock on the half hour, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm; free?; 0.3 mile; To reach dock: Take SR A1A south from St. Augustine Beach about 12 miles, then go west to Fort Matanzas National Monument headquarters; operated by National Park Service. (904) 471-0116 (St. Johns County)

Fort Myers Beach-Key West (Key West Xpress): Through Gulf of Mexico, between Fort Myers Beach and Key West; daily, year-round; depart from Fort Myers Beach at 8:00 am, return at 8:30 pm; $70 one-way, children under 6 free; $120 adult roundtrip, $90 children 6 to 12 years old; reservations suggested; 130 miles; 3.5 hours; To reach Atlantic Marine dock in Fort Myers Beach: Go south on SR 865/San Carlos Blvd. from SR 867, turn right on Main St. just before Sky Bridge, then left on Fisherman's Wharf Dr.; To reach dock at Hilton Resort and Marina in Key West: Go north on Whitehead St. from US 1, then left on Front St.; high-speed catamaran AtlantiCat; operated by Key West Ferry Inc. (239)765-0808 or (800) 273-4496 (Lee and Monroe Counties)

Fort Myers Beach-Key West (Key West Shuttle): Through Gulf of Mexico, between Fort Myers Beach and Key West; summer only; leave at 7:45 am, return at 9:00 pm; $70 adult one-way, $120 same day roundtrip; $70 child (6 to 12 year old) one-way, $90 roundtrip; 130 miles; 4 hours; To reach dock in Fort Myers Beach at Salty Sam's Marina: From SR 867, go south on SR 865/San Carlos Blvd., before reaching Sky Bridge turn east onto Main St., and go 0.6 mile; M/V Whale Watcher, 130' Super Cruiser; since 1996. (888) 539-2628 or (239) 394-9700 (Lee and Monroe Counties)

Greyfield Ferry: Private ferry across Cumberland Sound from Fernandina Beach to Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island, GA; daily; leaving Fernandina Beach at 9:30 am, 12:15 pm, 5:30 pm; leaving Cumberland Island at 8:00 am, 10:45 am, 3:30 pm; 8 miles; To reach Dock 3 in Fernandina Beach: From SR A1A/SR 200, turn left (west) on Centre St. in downtown Fernandina Beach to waterfront, and park in Lot B; Lucy R. Ferguson. (904) 261-6408 (Nassau County)

Hontoon Island ferry: Across Huntoon Dead River to Hontoon Island State Park; daily, 8 am to sunset; free; park admission fee; 0.1 mile; To reach from Crows Bluff: Just east of St. John's River go southeast on CR 4110/Old New York Ave., then south on Hontoon Rd. for 3 miles; operated by state park. (904) 736-5309 (Volusia County)

Indian Key ferry: From Lower Matecumbe Key to Indian Key State Historical Site; Thursday-Monday; 0.9 mile; Dock located at Robbie's Marina on northeastern end of Lower Matecumbe Key (south of Islamorada); operated by Robbie's Marina. (877) 664-8498 (Monroe County)

Key West-Dry Tortugas (Fast Cat): Through Gulf of Mexico, from Key West to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key; return to Key West at 5:30 pm; $109 adult same day roundtrip, $69 child; $130 adult overnight, $99 child; 70 miles; 2.5 hr; To reach dock: From US 1 (Roosevelt Ave.) in Key West, go west on Palm Ave. (which becomes Eaton St.), then go north on Margaret St. to Key West Seaport; Yankee Freedom II, high speed catamaran; since 1977. (800) 926-5332 or (800) 634-0939 (Monroe County)

Key West-Dry Tortugas (Sunny Days): Through Gulf of Mexico, from Key West to Fort Jefferson on Garden Key; leaves Key West at 8:00 am, return at 5:00 pm; $95 adult roundtrip, $65 child (under 18); refreshments included; $5 park entrance fee for guests 16 and older; 70 miles; 2 hours; To reach dock: From US 1 in Key West, go northwest on Elizabeth St.; Fast Cat II, high speed catamaran. (800) 236-7937 or (305) 292-6100 (Monroe County)

Kokomis (or Nokomis?) Ferry?: Across Gordon Pass, south of Naples; 0.1 mile. (Collier County)

Lignumvitae Key ferry: Through Florida Bay from Lower Matecumbe Key to Lignumvitae Key; $15 roundtrip; Thursdays - Mondays; operated by Robbie's Marina. (877) 664-8498 (Monroe County)

Little Gasparilla Island ferry: To private resorts on Little Gasparilla Island; every two hours; 8 am to 8 pm Sun./Mon., 8 am to ? pm Tues./Wed./Thurs., 10 am to 10 pm Fri., and 8 am to 10 pm Sat.; included in package rates. (Lee County)

Little Palm Island ferry: Access to private resort; from Little Torch Key to Little Palm Island Resort (on Little Munson Island); hourly on the half hour from 7:30am to 10:30pm; 15 minutes; 2 miles. (305) 872-2524 or (800) 3-GET-LOST (Monroe County)

Marco Island-Key West: Across Florida Bay from Marco Island to Key West; Marco Island dock: At Marco River Marina on Bald Eagle Dr.; daily, 9 am to 8 pm; 90 miles; 3 hours; $65 one-way, $114 roundtrip; Friendship V catamaran; Key West Water Express. (941)394-0014 or (800) 650-KEYS (Collier and Monroe Counties)

Marco Island-Key West (Key West Shuttle): Through Gulf of Mexico, between Fort Myers Beach and Key West; summer only; $70 one-way, $119 roundtrip; 130 miles; 4 hours; Dock in Fort Myers Beach at Salty Sam's Marina (2500 Main Street) "Heading south, turn left off San Carlos Blvd. onto Main St. We are approximately one half mile down, on the right". M/V Whale Watcher is a 130' Super Cruiser. (888) 539-2628 (Lee and Monroe Counties)

Naples-Key West: Through Gulf of Mexico, between Naples and Key West; summer only; $65 one-way, $114 roundtrip; Dock in Naples at Port-O-Call Marina, 550 Port-O-Call Way Naples, Florida 34105, located just off of US 41 South and 5th Ave South; 100 miles; 4 hr 15 min; M/V Captain Red is a 110' Super Cruiser. (888) 539-2628 (Collier and Monroe Counties)

North Captiva Island ferry: From Bokeelia on Pine Island to private resort community on North Captiva Island. (Lee County)

Palm Beach Gardens shuttle: In West Palm Beach, between Sailfish Marina and "PGA (Fathom)"; Friday night; $6 one way, $9 roundtrip. (561) 683-TAXI (8294)

Peanut Island ferry: From Currie Park across Lake Worth Lagoon to Peanut Island Park in West Palm Beach; departs at 10:00, 11:30, 1:00, 2:30 Wed.-Sun.; Spirit of Palm Beach Ferry. (Palm Beach County)

Peanut Island Shuttle: From Phil Foster Park to Peanut Island Park in West Palm Beach; Mon-Wed: hourly on the hour, 9 am-3 pm; Thur-Sun: hourly on the hour 9 am-5 pm; $5 roundtrip. (561) 683-TAXI (8294) (Palm Beach County)

Pelican Island ferry: Free ferry from Miami to Pelican Island; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays; 35-seat "Pelican" pontoon boat; run by Miami-Dade Parks. (Dade County)

Shell Island ferry (Dolphin Landings): Across Boca Ciega Bay and Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg Beach to Shell Key; daily at 8:00 am, and weekdays at 12:30 pm; $35 adult, $25 child; minimum four passengers per trip; ? miles; return after 3.5 - 4 Hours; To reach dock from I-275: Go west on SR 679/Pinellas Bayway/54th Ave. to St. Petersburg Beach, then north on SR 699/Gulf Blvd. about a mile; 37' to 51' sailing yachts. (727) 360-7411

Shell Island ferry (Hubbards): From Madeira Beach to Shell Key; Monday-Saturday, depart at 9 am, return at 12 pm; $20 adult, $10 child under 12; ? miles. (727) 360-7411

Shell Key ferry: From Pass-A-Grille (St. Petersburg Beach) to Shell Key; $12 adult, $6 child (roundtrip); 10 minutes. (Pinellas County)

South Beach Water Express: Along Intracoastal Waterway, between Fort Lauderdale and Miami Beach; Saturday only, leaves at 8:30 am, returns at 7 pm; $16 roundtrip; about 25 miles; 2.5 hours each way; Leaves from Radisson Bahia Mar Beach Resort: Take SR A1A/17th St./Seabreeze Blvd. east and north 2.6 miles (just before Swimming Hall of Fame). (954) 467-6677 (Broward and Dade Counties)

South Venice Beach Ferry: Private ferry to beach for South Venice Beach landowners; "The ferry holds 18 passengers at a time and leaves the dock every half-hour between 9:30 am and sunset every day (except Wednesdays)". (Sarasota County)

S.S. Marine Taxi: Downtown Jacksonville on St. Johns River (stops at Jacksonville Landing, Hilton Jacksonville Riverfront, Radisson Riverwalk Hotel, and River City Brewing Company); $3 adult 1-way, $4 rt, $2/$4 child, (904) 733-7782

Sunset Key ferry: Private ferry to Sunset Key resort community, west of Key West; 0.3 mile?; operated by Key West Hilton. (Monroe County)

Tampa Bay-Key West: Between Regatta Pointe Marina in Palmetto (Bradenton) and Key West; twice daily (beginning July 2001); fares starting at $59 each way; 210 miles; 3 hours; 150 passengers capacity; M/V PurrSeaverance; Fast Cats Ferry Service. (Manatee and Monroe Counties)

Tampa Town Ferry, Inc.: Seven downtown stops, including Harbour Island, Tampa General Hospital, Tampa Museum of Art, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, the Florida Aquarium and the Tampa Convention Center; Spirit of Tampa and Miss Garrison. (727) 253-3076; (Hillsborough County)

Useppa Island ferry: Access to Useppa Island resort and museum from South Seas Resort on Captiva Island; directions; Tuesday-Sunday 10:30am to 3:30pm; 1 hr 15 min; $27.50 adult, $15 child (roundtrip). (Lee County)

water taxis in Miami, or Tampa/St. Pete?

Discontinued Ferries:

Apalachicola ferry: Discontinued in 1935 upon completion of John Gorrie Bridge.

Chokoloskee ferry: Discontinued in 1955.

Lower Keys ferries: From Lower Matecumbe Key to No Name Key; Was uncompleted link in Overseas Highway; serviced by auto ferry 1928 to 1930; 41 miles; 4 hours; up to 3 ferries, carried 20 cars each. From Hog Key (Marathon) to No Name Key, 1930 to 1938; 14 miles. From Lower Matecumbe Key to Grassy Key (east of Marathon), 1930 to 1938; 14 miles.

Havana ferries: Ferries operated to Havana, Cuba from Key West (1956-1959).

Lake Worth ferry: Across Intracoastal Waterway at Lake Worth to access Atlantic Ocean beaches; "The first ferry was used to cross the Intracoastal Waterway in 1913 to reach the Atlantic Ocean and beachgoers were charged five cents to take the ferry. The first bridge across the Intracoastal Waterway was built in July, 1919 and was one of the longest wooden toll- free bridges in the United States."

Marco Island ferry: Operated from 1920 to 1938.

St. George Island ferry: Discontinued in 1965 upon completion of causeway.

Bee Line Ferry: Across Tampa Bay, from St. Petersburg to Bradenton; 1926-1954; replaced by Sunshine Skyway Bridge.

Sanibel Island ferry: Discontinued with completion of Sanibel Causeway in 1963. Started in 1928 by Kinzie brothers. Dock was at end of Ferry Road (before 1928 at another location). Left from Punta Rassa.