The Beaches of Dunedin, Florida consist of green-blue waters and pristine white powdered sand making Dunedin " Home of Honeymoon Island".
Just a few miles from Downtown, Dunedin's Beaches offer a wonderful recreational area for the outdoorsman, sun seeker shell collector or nature enthusiast.
Honeymoon Island State Park
The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm - thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun - drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel Kayak, and Paddle Board in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery.
Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells . Honeymoon Island also features The Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Café Honeymoon and South Beach Wedding and Special Event Pavilion. Dog Friendly Dunedin and Honeymoon Island also feature a pet beach for you to enjoy with your canine friend.
Caladesi Island State Park
As one of the few completely natural islands along Florida´s Gulf Coast, Caladesi´s white sand beaches were rated America's Best Beach in 2008. Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing and beachcombing. Saltwater anglers can cast a line from their boats or surf fish. Nature enthusiasts can spot wildlife while hiking the three mile nature trail through the island´s interior or paddling a three mile kayak trail through the mangroves and bay. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach, and picnic pavilions can be reserved for a fee. The park has a marina with electric and water hookups, as well as a Café Caladesi and gift shop. The park is accessible by boat or ferry. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry and departs from Honeymoon Island State Park.