Spring is officially here! The mornings are cool, but by mid-morning the sun is high in the sky and the temperatures are perfect. I'm not the only to notice the great weather; it seems that even on a weekday Honeymoon Island State Park and Caladesi Island State Park were the places to be!
Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands are both known for their beautiful beaches, with Caladesi being named "America's Best Beach" in 2008 by Dr. Beach. With a pristine coastline, Caladesi is truly the place to escape it all. A short 20-minute ride on the Caladesi Island Ferry ($12, four hour stay maximum) is all it takes to feel like you are on your own private island. During my visit this past Wednesday, the park was at full capacity and I still had plenty of room to roam without feeling crowded at all. It really is quite nice! For paddlers, it's a short trip in your kayak, and there were also several people who walked to Clearwater Beach at low tide!
At Honeymoon Island State Park, things were hoppin' too. Dog Beach is always a popular spot; my sister-in-law who lives in Spring Hill takes her pooch here quite often. Plenty of folks on the beach -- sunbathing, kite flying, shelling -- you name it, there's a lot going on. Hungry? No worries. Cafe Caladesi and Cafe Honeymoon provide great meals with a view of the Gulf of Mexico.
I'm sort of still on the road, so I haven't caught up with sharing all the pics and video that I've accumulated along the way. The same goes for this latest trip, so look for a nature trail and beach video soon! In the meantime, make sure you plan a trip to Honeymoon and Caladesi Island State Parks!