We were not sure if it would be worth going to but so glad we did! We have been to many beaches and I think it is now my entire families favorite!! The boat ride there and back was very enjoyable. We got to see quite a bit of the dolphins playing and jumping in the water near the boat when arriving and departing the island. The boat was clean and comfortable with clean bathrooms. You could also purchase snacks and drinks, including alcohol, while on the boat for what we felt was reasonable prices. A refillable cup of soda was $2 and refills on the boat or island was then $1, and our popcorn was only $2. Once we arrived at the island we took the free tour of the fort which was pretty interesting. I'm glad we did it and it didn't take very long. Then we went and ate the lunch we packed at a pavilion of covered picnic tables. Everything was clean and nice. We then set-up our spot on the beach which wasn't very busy while we were there so it was great. There were umbrellas and chairs for rent for those who needed them for $15 an umbrella and $5 a chair. The beach was great offering plenty of shell hunting to entertain my daughter, larger waves for everyone, shallow areas, clear water for my son to search for fish with his goggles underwater, and deeper water for those who wanted it. It fit all of our needs with white soft sandy beaches. There were showers to rinse off the sand as we left and a shop by the beach to get plastic inflatables, snacks and other items you might need at the beach. There are also clean bathrooms available on the island. The crew on the boat were very nice and you could stay covered and out of the sun on the lower deck and even part of the top deck if you desired. There was plenty of parking near the boat and purchasing tickets once we got there was quick and easy. We took a small cooler and beach bags with lunch and towels on the trip with no problems just know the chair rentals, snack shop and larger waves are on the far side of the island so you have probably a 5-10 minute walk there. You could stay on the side the boat docks there just isn't the snack shop or chair and umbrella rentals there but the water is calmer if that is what you desire. If you are even thinking about going you should!!