Take the Ferry to Caladesi Island State Park
Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island State Parks are connected.
In fact, you have to enter Honeymoon Island State Park in order to catch the ferry to Caladesi Island – the only way to visit Caladesi Island unless you choose to kayak or take a private boat to Caladesi Island.
So, if you’re visiting one, you may as well visit both! And, trust me when I say that Caladesi Island is worth it!
You may just see dolphins on your ferry ride as we did – one of many reasons to visit Caladesi Island State Park!
Enjoy the Day with your Dog
Honeymoon Island State Park offers a dog-specific beach which I happen to think is wonderful!
I’m not entirely sure, but I don’t think dog-friendly beaches are all that common – correct me if I’m wrong though. So, if spending time with your pup sounds like heaven on earth, that’s just one more reason to visit Honeymoon Island.
If Maximus had been traveling with me this time, I would have definitely taken him there.
Of course, he probably would hate the ocean like he hates most other forms of water.
Swim in Stunningly Beautiful Waters
When I pulled up and saw the water at Honeymoon Island, I just gasped and said…
REALLY? Like, REALLY?
There is water this color in Florida?
It’ll make you feel like you’re in the Caribbean or an exotic location.
Hike the Nature Trail
One of my favorite things to do is hiking – even when I’m at the beach.
I’m the type that can’t sit on the beach all day – I’m going to need to get around and move some while I’m there and what better way than the nature trail?
The trail is approximately 2.5-3 miles long and this is one of the few remaining places you can see Florida virgin slash pine stands.
Explore the Nature Center
The Rotary Centennial Nature Center offers great views of seagrass beds, mangroves, mudflats, and oyster beds.
In addition, you an observe shorebirds, wading and diving birds, egrets osprey, pelicans and an abundance of marine life while you’re in the area.