Caladesi Island State Park


Located off Florida’s Gulf Coast, west of the town of Dunedin and near the city of Clearwater, Caladesi Island and the state park there are famed for their unspoiled beach, named America's Best by Dr. Beach in 2008. The island is accessible by a 20-minute ferry ride from Honeymoon Island. On pristine Caladesi, quiet paths lead along the dunes, palms stand against the warm coastal breezes, and shore birds and sea turtles live without interference from people. Gopher tortoises burrow behind the dunes and water laps against beaches sprinkled with scallops and sand dollars. Yes, there’s a concession stand, fishing, picnicking, shelling, nature studies and marked kayak trails among the mangrove trees. 

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