****NO RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED**** CHECK OUR WHAT'S NEW PAGE FOR HOLIDAY HOUR INFO ****** WALK-ONS MAY BRING ON BOARD ONLY WHAT THEY CAN CARRY IN ONE TRIP.****LARGER TRUCKS ARE ASKED TO USE THE FERRY BETWEEN 10AM AND 2PM AND CHECK THE TIDE CHARTS BELOW FOR HIGH AND LOW TIDES **** WE NOW HAVE AN OFFICIAL FACEBOOK PAGE FOR PALM ISLAND TRANSIT AND ALSO PALM ISLAND WATER TAXI SO CHECK THEM OUT. ****


If Arriving After Sunset, PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS as you approach the Line for Boarding.

Headlights can blind the Ferry Captain when he is bringing the Ferry into the Landing


ISLAND HOMEOWNERS - PLEASE CHECK THE PAYMENT PAGE FOR USE OF COUPONS FOR VENDORS AND GUESTS(Link is at bottom of Rate page)


TRANSIT CUSTOMERS - WE WANT TO ASSURE YOU THAT PALM ISLAND TRANSIT FERRY SERVICE WILL CONTINUE OPERATIONS AS NORMAL FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE. AS ALWAYS - WE RESERVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE CHANGES TO OUR OPERATING SCHEDULE BASED ON EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE REQUIREMENTS, STAFF AVAILABILITY, AND CUSTOMER DEMAND.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR WHAT'S NEW PAGE (Recently updated with HOLIDAY HOURS FOR THANKSGIVING AND CHRISTMAS BEGINNING 11/22 ) where you can check out the latest information such as tree trimming on Panama Blvd and pictures of the launch of our new Tug, the DLBeckstead. Also information on public boat ramps has been added.

CLICK HERE FOR OUR HURRICANE UPDATE PAGE CHECK OUT OUR NEW PAGE THAT CONTAINS INFORMATION ON CURRENT TROPICAL STORMS AND STATUS FOR THE ISLAND AND THE FERRY. CONTAINS A LINK TO NOA HURRICANE MAPS.

When wind speeds reach 40 mph sustained, we will stop hauling high profile vehicles (semi-trucks, trailers, and large panel trucks, etc.). We will continue to make runs in-between squalls at the Captain’s discretion. At 45 mph sustained we will stop all operations and secure all vessels. After this we will not start back up until an all clear is issued and winds decrease to safe operating conditions. Please limit your trips to as few as possible during these weather conditions.

REGULAR HOURS ARE NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11/22 AND THEN THANKSGIVING HOURS START

Regular Hours - Sunday through Thursday 6:30am to 10:00pm
Friday 6:30am to 11:00pm
Saturday 6:30am to 12:00 am Midnight

ACCESS TO DON PEDRO STATE PARK

There is no access to Don Pedro State Park from the ferry to Palm Island.
If you would like to get to the island side of Don Pedro State Park you can make
arrangements by checking out the following website
http://www.cayocostaferry.com/don-pedro-island-state-park-info.html

WATER TAXI - $6 PER PERSON - RUNNING DAILY FROM 12pm TO 6:30pm FROM BEHIND LEVEROCKS TO RUM BAY

Park your car in Leverock's parking lot and catch the WATER TAXI over to Rum Bay Restaurant. This 20 minute, $6, ride through the intercoastal, to the Palm Island Resort will bring you to the Rum Bay dock where it's just a short walk on the boardwalk to Rum Bay.
The Taxi starts running from behind Leverocks at 12pm and the last trip from Leverocks to Rum Bay is 6:30pm. The last return trip from Rum Bay to Leverocks is 8:30pm


OFFICE LOCATION - 941-697-8809

The office is directly across the street from Leverocks Restaurant on Placida Road.
It is located in the office mall in Suite 101.
The building is white with blue trim.
It is just south of the Panama Road entrance to the Ferry.

OFFICE HOURS ARE DAILY FROM 8:00AM TO 4:30PM



EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Check out the employment tab under "About Us" or CLICK HERE for information on employment opportunities with Transit and
with the Maintenance Department at the Resort.

We Welcome you to paradise!

Our mission is to provide safe, timely ferry transport & water taxi service from the hectic life on the mainland to the relaxed “Island Time” lifestyle, while ensuring friendly, heipful service to our customers; to promote ecological balance between the surrounding environment and our business practices and cultivating the spirit of community for the island residents and visitors.

Don Pedro and Palm Island are one of the last non-commercialized barrier islands in southwest Florida. Today the island is primarily a residentiai and vacation community. You won’t find Palm Island on any nautical map, as its “official” name is Knight Island. It has fondly been called Palm island for over 40 years, due to the development of Palm Island Estates in the late 60’s and early 70’s and the addition of Palm Island Resort in the late 70’s and early 80’s, which is located on the north end of Knight Island.

Once you are directed by our friendly mates to board the ferry, sit back and relax for a short trip across the Intracoastal Waterway from the mainland to the island. Keep an eye out on the Intracoastal, as the dolphins like to show off on occasion.

With the premier of our new website, you can now access our website on your smart phone or tablet. We will keep you updated, in real time, on the latest information and news concerning our service. This will be particularly helpful to you during inclement weather, or should if we have an unexpected mechanical failure of any of our equipment.

Enjoy your time in paradise!

SAFETY GUIDELINES FOR YOUR FERRY TRIP

When arriving at the ferry landing, please observe the signs regarding boarding instructions. A Ranger will collect your fare while you line up on Panama Blvd to board the ferry until 6 PM and after that the mates will board you on the ferry and then collect your fees.

Do not attempt to board until the ferry has docked, unloaded vehicles returning to mainland, and the Mate then motions you forward.

All Resort Guests will have their name on the Daily Barge List for your reservation as your transport is pre-paid by the Resort, so please give the Ranger your name.

If Arriving After Sunset, PLEASE TURN OFF YOUR HEADLIGHTS When You Pull into the Line for Boarding.

Headlights can blind the Ferry Captain when he is bringing the Ferry into the Landing

Once on board the Ferry, please roll down your windows and Turn Off your ignition and engage your parking break. All passengers are to remain inside your vehicle during the trip to the island. There is an area for WALK-ON passengers to wait for the Ferry and they must remain seated when boarded until the Ferry comes to a complete stop at the Landing.

DO NOT Restart your vehicle until the Ferry has stopped at the Landing. DO NOT TURN on your Headlights until you have Disembarked the Ferry. When disembarking from the ferry, please DO NOT back-up until the Ferry Mate has told you to do so. Carefully back off the Ferry being mindful of what is behind you. We appreciate your consideration in obeying the Ferry Procedures.

 

boarding passes


Boarding Passes are given at the time of a trip purchase (auto/walk), are good only at that time and cannot be used at a later time.

Sheriff's Non-Emergency Number

Please report any suspicious activity on the waterway or around the island to the Sheriff's Office on their non-emergency number. For emergencies, call 911.
941-839-2101

contact info & driving Directions

Call us at (941) 697-8809 or click here, view our maps, for directions from Tampa, Tampa International Airport (TPA), St. Pete/Clearwater International Airport (PIE), Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport (SRQ) Charlotte County Airport in Punta Gorda (RSW) and Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW).
Click Here to View Maps

 

Transit Payment Procedure

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