The Tooting Otter

A favorite local gathering spot on the river, The Tooting Otter Craft Beer, Wine Bar & General Store is Wekiva Island’s indoor and outdoor bar.

Join us at the Island for an evening of great tunes every Friday and Saturday nights featuring stellar local artists! So come on down, grab a drink at the Tooting Otter and enjoy the music while lounging by the Wekiva River from 7 to 11 pm.

Ready to get your shop on? Plan a fun day down at the Island to relax with family and friends, and don’t forget to check out the General Store, while sipping on your craft beer and wine.  From Reefs, to Costas, to jewelry, to summer fun clothing, candles and much more….we’ve got it all! Not to mention we have your river rafts and essentials for a fun day in the sun on the river!

Please note: Food and outside beverages are strictly prohibited unless you have rented a Cabana.  Alcohol is never allowed in the parking lot or on the river.

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Bar at Wekiva Island
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River Banas

Rent one of our river-banas for the day and enjoy a private retreat area on the river. The smaller covered cabana is 12’x11’ in size and comes equipped with a comfortable couch and rocking chair. Cabinets and ice chests are available to house and secure any food and non -alcoholic beverage items that you bring for the day. A river-front front porch, adorned with comfortable Adirondack chairs allows you to relax and watch the activities on the water. We have several different sizes to choose from. They do sell out on the weekends from March to September it is highly recommended that you book early!

Florida lovebugs are quite harmless, and actually, they are just flies and don’t bite or sting but become a nuisance during the Spring (April-May) and late summer (August-September).  Just like our Florida vacationers (or your in-laws), they won’t be here to stay, so no need to worry about any harm they may cause during their visit!

No alcohol is ever allowed to be brought onto Wekiva Island or the Wekiva River. We do have a bar with beer and wine for sale, any alcohol consumed at Wekiva Island must be purchased at Wekiva Island. FL Statute 562.02

For the Cabana renter you are guaranteed a minimum of two parking spots near the Cabana for parking access.

Wekiva Island is not a pet-friendly establishment.

Cabanas are rented from 9 AM to 5 PM daily.

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Restrooms

Wekiva Island offers clean, indoor restrooms for guest use. These restrooms are renovated to match our efforts of energy efficiency and water conservation as we are committed to environmental conservation. We utilize low flow and dual flush water closets and waterless urinals.  The bathrooms are regularly maintained to help maximize your experience on the river.

Wekiva Island Restrooms
Wekiva Island Restrooms
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Without a Paddle Cafe

Without a Paddle Cafe is proud to be the exclusive catering partner of Wekiva Island.  We serve a variety of menu selections, with something for everyone, and an outstanding vegetarian selection.  Renting a River Cabana for the day and don’t feel like being Pit Master? No problem! We are here for you! If you’re planning a crew and want a personalized experience, contact us at 407-951-8145 and we’ll let you know about our Cabana Feast buffet menu. Just sit back, relax, and enjoy the day and let us do all the cooking!

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The Sanctuary

The Sanctuary is essentially your marina on the river. It is the perfect place to escape to if you are seeking a different type of relaxation than what is found along the boardwalk. We currently offer 22 covered boat slips that are available for monthly rent.

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Marina at Wekiva Island
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The Boat Launch

The Island’s boat ramp is available for launching your canoes, kayaks, or motor boats (up to a 25 HP maximum). Guests are encouraged to bring their own boat to launch (for a small fee) and enjoy your day exploring the River and stopping to fish along the way.  Please note: Dogs cannot accompany guests on vessels.

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The Fire Pit

Our riverfront fire pit area is a prime location for cooler months in Florida. It is a favorite place to gather, relax and enjoy the company of others. If you stick around long enough, we might end up sitting and telling “tribal” stories as the Timucuan Indians did before us!

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The Boardwalk

The Boardwalk is located along the Wekiva River and Sweetwater Canal – ranging from The Sanctuary to the Boat Launch location. Wooden Adirondack chairs are placed along the water for your comfort and enjoyment. Guests are encouraged to move and arrange these chairs to create intimate seating for your group as you relax on the river with family and friends.

Boardwalk at Wekiva Island