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If I told you that you could access a private island in a preserve all on Hyatt points, in Florida, would you believe me? Most people think of great beaches, especially Hyatt ones, as out of the country, like the Hyatt Regency Aruba or the Park Hyatt Maldives. But you can access one of Hyatt Hotel’s nicest beaches here in the sunshine state. I mean, there are plenty of nice beaches in the U.S. and especially ones at good Hyatt properties like the Hyatt Huntington Beach or the Hyatt Clearwater, but it’s hard to beat the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa’s private beach.
The Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa Beach
The Hyatt hotel shares the island beach with Pelican Landing. The beach is fresh off a multi-million dollar upgrade. Just take a look at the before and after pictures below.
You can see that before the fresh sand was brought in the water was up to the building in the picture.
After the restoration, the beach is extra long and far away from the building.
The Hyatt hotel offers complimentary boat shuttle service to the island. The boat schedule is as follows:
- 9:45 a.m.
- 10:45 a.m.
- 11:45 a.m.
- 12:45 p.m.
- 1:45 p.m.
- 2:45 p.m.
- 10:15 a.m.
- 11:15 a.m.
- 12:15 p.m.
- 1:15 p.m.
- 2:15 p.m.
- 3:15 p.m.
- 4:15 p.m.
Each morning we’d take the 9:45 am boat over and would have the beach all to ourselves for a good hour or so. The 12:45 boat ride is the busiest. There isn’t any commercial eatery on the island, so make sure to bring your lunch.
To get to the boat dock, simply hit “P” in the elevator for Pool and head towards the back of the hotel property. Don’t forget to make a stop by the pool towel station to pick up some towels to take with you to the island. I forgot them the first day, so had to walk all the way back to the towel station before the boat left. Luckily I had 15 minutes to spare.
The boat dock is also off a fresh renovation. This dock service Pelican Landing as well so both boats leave at different times towards the island, but Hyatt guests can only take the Hyatt boat.
A short 15 minute boat ride and you’ll find yourself at the beach. The boat ride is most enjoyable, especially for kids. There is a good chance you’ll sea birds, a reasonable chance you’ll see dolphins and a slight chance you’ll see manatees. It’s a nice enjoyable boat ride.
Upon arrival at Big Hickory Island, guests will step out onto the dock, and have a short walk on a well groomed path to the private beach.
The building has showers to clean off after a swim in the ocean. It also has bathrooms as well.
The beach has plenty of chairs and seating up at the main building as well.
The beach itself is fantastic. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
After a nice day at the beach it was time to head back to the dock and the Hyatt Regency Bonita Springs resort.
You can’t go wrong with one of the Hyatt properties with a beach.
But if you are looking to use your Hyatt points for a nice beach in the U.S. I’d strongly suggest considering the private beach on Big Hickory Island in beautiful southwest Florida.
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