My mission with Taming Tampa is to explore parts of the Tampa Bay area that I’ve never explored before. I certainly did that this weekend when I went someplace in Tampa Bay that is off-limits to most.
Beer Can Island, officially known as Pine Key Island is a local party spot, but unless you have a boat, or in my case a friend with a boat, you won’t be hitting up this beach.
I’ve heard my friends talk of Beer Can for years, but this was my first time getting out there. There was a whole lot of boats pulled up to this little island, and as its name would suggest there was a lot of beer drinking going on which made for some great people watching.
Camping out in blazing Florida heat is not my thing, but quite a few tents dotted the island for those people looking to make a weekend of it. I had a good time with great company. I enjoyed the water and the sun, but I wouldn’t want to do it all day, every weekend. I say if you’ve got the boat, make this a stop in your day, but don’t get a boat just to make this your destination. If you’re looking to spend a day at the beach, there are a lot of great Florida Beaches that don’t require you to swim between the boats.