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About Us

Discover the journey of Palm Island Transit, a trusted provider of transportation services to the barrier islands in Placida, Florida since 1990.

Our Commitment to Palm, Knight, and Don Pedro Island

At Palm Island Transit, our mission is to provide safe, ferry transport and water taxi service from the hectic life on the mainland to the relaxed “Island Time” lifestyle on our private beaches. We are committed to ensuring friendly, helpful service to our customers, promoting ecological balance between the pristine tropical oasis, the surrounding environment, and our business practices. We also strive to cultivate the spirit of community for the private island residents and visitors who enjoy these Florida beaches.

Boat docked near lush green private beaches in Sarasota

Don Pedro and Palm Island, known as Knight Island on nautical maps, are among the last non-commercialized barrier islands in southwest Florida. Today, the island is primarily a residential and vacation community. Once you board our ferry, you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a short trip across the Intracoastal Waterway from the mainland to the island. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the dolphins that like to show off on occasion. With the premiere of our new website, you can now access our services on your smartphone or tablet. We will keep you updated, in real time, on the latest information and news concerning our service.

Palm Island Transit’s History in Placida Florida
Your Gateway to the Barrier Islands

In 1990 Garfield and Dean Beckstead acquired Island Transit, a contractor barge service, and Palm Island Transit was born. Today Palm Island Transit operates seven days a week, providing full vehicle service to the residents on the islands. The company prides itself on its dedicated staff, which includes captains, mates, and office staff. Their primary role is to ensure your safety upon arrival and departure from the ferry to access Palm Island. Welcome aboard and enjoy your journey to paradise.

Services to Our Barrier Island

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