Atsena Otie Key Beach (Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge)

Sandy beach
4XG9+M2 Cedar Key, FL, USA
173 miles from Panama City Beach, FL
Water Quality
Unknown (read more)
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About this beach

Warnings and hazards

No amenities.

The beach is only reachable by boat.

Atsena Otie Key Beach is one of the three wild natural beaches belonging to Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge.

Don't be misled: it's not a fishing pier that you can see in the photos but a bird dock. This construction isn't appropriate for fishing since it consists of single logs with no deck. You can view it in detail in the video below.


The refuge is located on the Gulf of Mexico in Levy County. To get to Atsena Otie Key Beach, drive southwest along State Road 24 till the road ends. Leave your car on the parking lot, go to the nearest boat ramp, and sail to the refuge by boat.

Driving Time (till the end of State Road 24)

  • 1 hour 10 minutes from Gainesville, FL
  • 2 hours 20 minutes from Tampa, FL
  • 2 hours 25 minutes from Jacksonville, FL

Hotels and rentals

If you're considering staying for one or even a few nights, there are plenty of options available near the beach. Chose your preferred accomodation type and your favourite room provider:

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Visitor questions:

Question: How far from shore to shore? Is overnight camping allowed? Looking to kayak it, thanks!
Asked by Crissi 3 months ago
Answer: The water distance from the nearest parking lot mentioned in the beach description to the beach makes up about 0,6 mi (1 km) - not too far. There is no information about overnight camping being allowed. Tourists usually stay overnight at Cedar Key campgrounds. Have a nice trip!

Atsena Otie Key Beach (Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge) videos

Bird Dock at Atsena Otie Key
An interesting video of the birds inhabiting the island
Atsena Otie Key - Quick Tour
An amazing video of the beach with some aerial views of the island

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The beach is located in Cedar Key, Florida 4XG9+M2 Cedar Key, FL, USA (Open on Google Maps)
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