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5 tips for visiting Caladesi Island State Park

Caladesi Island

5 tips for visiting Caladesi Island State Park

If you’d like to see what Florida’s beaches looked like before hotels, restaurants and shops were built along the shores, plan a visit to . Caladesi Island, located a few miles north of Clearwater Beach, Florida, is a good place to escape the crowded and commercialized beaches, and collect shells, enjoy a picnic or find your own private beach. In 2008, Caladesi Island was named America’s Best Beach by .

The uncrowded white sand beaches and warm waters of Caladesi Island are certainly one of its biggest draws. We were there on a June weekend, and we didn’t need to walk far to get a big stretch of sand to ourselves.Caladesi Island Other family friendly activities include a nature trail, kayak trail, picnic area, playground, concessions and modern restrooms.

Here is what you need to know to decide if a trip to Caladesi Island will be worthwhile for your family.

1. Check the tides

Caladesi IslandOne of the main reasons that we planned a trip to Caladesi Island State Park was to find seashells. It’s a lot easier for families to find good shells at Caladesi Island because it is less crowded and access to the beach is limited. If beachcombing is on your list, plan your visit during low tide.

Find the tide schedule for Caledesi Island and Honeymoon Island at .

2. How to get there

The only way to reach Caladesi Island is by boat. You can take your own boat or kayak to the island. There are lots of places where you can rent kayaks near Clearwater Beach. However, the easiest way to get there for most families will be to use the walk-on .

Caladesi Island

The Caladesi Island Ferry dock is located inside Honeymoon Island State Park. You will need to pay the fee for Honeymoon Island to reach the Caladesi Island Ferry and then pay for your ferry tickets. You will not need to pay another entrance fee at Caladesi Island.

Caladesi IslandThe Caladesi Island Ferry leaves every 30-60 minutes beginning at 10:00 a.m., weather permitting. The ferry is a calm and scenic 20-minute ride through the mangroves. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife.

The ferry does not take reservations, except for large groups. We arrived before the departure of the first ferry on a June weekend and had no trouble getting on right away.

One downside of using the ferry is that your ticket only allows you four hours on Caladesi Island. We didn’t come prepared for a long beach day anyway, so we were ready to take the ferry back in time for a late lunch.

If you’re not ready to head back to civilization after a few hours at Caladesi Island, consider spending the remainder of your day at . Remember, you’ve already paid for it. Like Caladesi Island, Honeymoon Island has a beach, picnic areas, nature walks, wildlife watching, a playground and more.

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