Honeymoon Island State Park
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Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin FL

Before Sandals Resort… before Fantasy Island…
there was an island just off the coast of Pinellas County
beckoning newlyweds to visit an exotic sub-tropical
paradise… It was called Honeymoon Island.

Honeymoon Island State Park is located on a barrier island across St. Joseph's Sound from Palm Harbor, Ozona, and Crystal Beach. The Park is 385 acres with an additional 2,400 acres submerged. It lies at the western end of Causeway Boulevard. From a somewhat disappointing beginning this Park now receives more than one million visitors each year and is the most-visited state park in Florida.

It offers a cornucopia of activities and amenities including birding, fishing, hiking and sunbathing. There are picnic pavilions, bathhouses, park concessions, nature trails, bird observation areas, a beach for pets, and a passenger ferry to nearby Caladesi Island State Park.

The Rotary Centennial Nature Center features exhibits about the natural and cultural history of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands and an elevated observation deck.

The Osprey Trail is 2 miles long and the Pelican Cove Trail is 3/4 of a mile long and circle the forested, eastern side of the island. On these trails you can find palmetto trees, an eagle nest, slash pine, and on the Pelican Cove Trail, some sea life and wading birds. (Source: Wikipedia – link below.)

Honeymoon Island has more than four miles of beach to explore.

Eagles, osprey and great horned owls may be seen along with animals including gopher tortoises, raccoons and armadillos.

The Rotary Centennial Nature Center helps visitors learn about the park’s history and natural resources. Learn how Honeymoon Island received its name!

Swimming, fishing, shelling, hiking and bicycling are all popular activities that make Honeymoon Island State Park an ideal getaway.

The Park also has a ferry terminal for access to another unspoiled state park, Caladesi Island. (Source: Honeymoon Island brochure – link below)

This is a true Florida experience in several ways. There is so much to see and enjoy on Honeymoon Island. A word to the wise is to be sure and bring mosquito repellant if you plan to hike the trails. This is one of very few parks in Pinellas that charges an admit fee (link below), but it is a great alternative to other busy and often crowded beaches.
History of Honeymoon Island

Driving Map

Brochure/Park Map

Hours and Fees:

Honeymoon Website

Honeymoon Island on Wikipedia

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