Honeymoon Island State Park

This morning, we had to take Red Rover in for a check up.  Okay, it was an oil change and a tire rotation, but we’re happy to report, he’s back on the road and feeling frisky.  We opted to head over to Honeymoon Island State Park, just across the bridge.  You can take a ferry from Honeymoon over to Caladesi Island, voted one of the best beaches in America, but we opted to stay on Honeymoon today.

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Honeymoon Island is a state park and the fees are reasonable.  A single driver in a car is only $4, but you can have up to 8 people in the vehicle and it would only cost $8.  There are interior paths on the island that can be walked or biked.

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You can encounter plenty of Florida wildlife, though you should stick to the paths because Florida does have rattlesnakes.  I’ve never encountered one, but the park has signs warning about what to look for or do should you encounter one.  If you’re going for a nature walk, don’t wear flip flops.

For the most part, you’ll find plenty of palms and pine trees as well as scrub brush along the trails, but you might encounter trees like these.  The one on the right was actually struck by lightning, but only one half of the tree was burned.  It was an interesting sight.  Also in the trees you might spot osprey, owls or even bald eagles, who are known to make their homes on the island.

Once you’re done with the interior, there’s some good beaches around too.  IMG_0091

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As is always the case in Florida in the summer, rain happens.  Normally, if you wait 15 minutes, it will blow by and you can go back out and enjoy the beach.  From one of the beaches of Honeymoon Island, you can see down to Clearwater.

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A great place for an easy afternoon, a nice nature walk, or some off-road biking.  I would recommend a visit here next time you’re in Dunedin.

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