Last night, from the balcony of our AirBnB, I was able to take a sunset picture over Caladesi. This morning, Mom and I decided to make our way over there.
Caladesi Island State Park is primarily accessed via a ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park or by private water craft. The ferry is $14 per adult, $7 for children 6-12 and anyone under that is free. You do need admission into Honeymoon Island State Park to access this ferry. Another ferry is set to be operating soon from the Dunedin Marina, though there is currently renovations going on at the marina.
Caladesi Island used to be part of Honeymoon Island, but was separated due to a hurricane in 1921. The water between the two is known as Hurricane Pass. The beaches on this island are almost always voted in the top 10 of beaches in the US. And with its white sand beaches, soft waves and myriad of shore birds and natural beauty, it is easy to see why.
It would be easy to just pack a lunch, grab a towel and some sunscreen and spend a few hours just letting the soft sound of the waves lapping at the shore lull you into an extensive state of relaxation. There isn’t the crowd that occurs on Clearwater Beach. Most of the screaming you’d hear isn’t from children but from shore birds. Or, if you’re not a beach lounger, there are trails through the interior that speak to the nature hiker in all of us.
And not to be outdone, during the ferry ride, you might spot a pod of dolphins frolicking in the Gulf waters.
All in all, a great spot to get away for a few quiet hours, just minutes from the heart of Tampa Bay.