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Honeymoon Island State Park in Dunedin Florida
If you are looking for an escape from the busy world around you, look no further than Honeymoon Island State Park. You will find this hidden treasure in the quaint little town of Dunedin, FL.
The atmosphere is calm even though other families are also enjoying their day. There is an ample amount of space to explore without feeling crowded. Bring the entire family for a day of fun under the Florida sun.
Feel at ease as you sink your toes into pristine white sand as a gentle sea breeze dances across your cheek. In that moment, you will instantly know you are visiting one of the best kept secrets in Florida.
Honeymoon Island offers more comfort and seclusion than other Florida beaches. On some parts of the island, you won't see anyone else nearby. You will feel as though you have your own private oasis!
Imagine swimming in the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico alongside dolphins and various other marine life. Stay and watch one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see.
Being surrounded by so many beautiful beaches in the Sunshine State, this is one you won't want to miss.
Welcome to the Beach
About Honeymoon Island
The State Park is beautifully situated on the barrier island known as Honeymoon Island. The park is an astounding 385 acres of land with over 2,400 acres submerged in the Gulf of Mexico. 4 miles of pure white beach attracts many locals and vacationers alike.
Honeymoon and neighboring Caladesi Island were once part of a larger barrier island. In 1921, they were divided in half when a major hurricane came through the area. The water lying between the two islands is now known as Hurricane Pass.
Honeymoon Island was known as Hog Island until 1939, when a developer from New York built several bungalows for honeymooners. The name was changed to Honeymoon Isle to tempt vacationing newlyweds from all over the world.
Eventually all of the bungalows were torn down as the state park was being developed. In 1963, the Dunedin Causeway was built to connect the island and the city of Dunedin.
Hours & Fees
Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida
All Florida State Parks are open 365 day a year from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.
The entrance fee is $8.00 per car for 2-8 people or $4.00 for a one person. Bicyclists, extra car passengers and pedestrians are $2.00 per person. The sunset fee is $4.00 per vehicle which starts one hour prior to the suns setting.
Pavilion rental is $30.00 per day.
*Prices are subject to change at any time
For more information visit the Honeymoon Island State Park webpage
Grab Your Favorite Beach Towel
One of the biggest must-haves for being around the water is having something to dry off with. There really isn't a worse feeling than being chilled and not having a towel to warm up with!
Choosing a beach towel can be turned into a fun activity for both children and adults. Finding something you love or a combination of things you love can make for a great towel. If you are fond of a certain design or even a character of some sort, there is sure to be one made just for you!
Wildlife is all around you, especially these floating pelicans. On more than one occasion, I have seen them and other birds "hanging" out and greeting swimmers.
If you are lucky, dolphins may even come out to play. Of course they keep quite a distance between you and them. I haven't been able to take any photos as they move much quicker than the floating friends above. It's nice to be able to catch a glimpse of their beauty.
Things To Do
While Visiting Honeymoon Island
Honeymoon Island is so much more than just a beach. After swimming and catching some rays, there are a number of fun activities to enjoy.
The beach has a designated area just for pet lovers. You can spend the day swimming and playing fetch with your pooch. The dog beach is located on the southern tip of the island. Upon leaving, there are hoses so you can wash the days adventure off of your dog.
Parents, you can take a break as the kids play on the playground on the northern end of the island. And it not just a small area, it's equipped swings, slides and things to climb on. Great for burning the energy off of the little ones!
Take a 2 1/2 mile long hike along Osprey Trail to enjoy nature. The trail is beautiful and worth the hike. If you have younger children, you may want to bring a stroller along. This will prevent them and you from tiring out.
You can find several different species of birds, including shorebirds. Many of the resident birds are threatened and endangered species. Ospreys also call the island home, their nests can be seen in the treetops. Having your camera ready is a must have for all of the nature lovers, you will not be disappointed!
Fishing is allowed as long as you carry a fishing license, people have been known to catch flounder, snook, trout, snapper, sheepshead, spanish mackerel and tarpon. Bring your pole and see what you catch!
Hunt for Seashells
Finding the delicate seashells is one of my favorite things to do. The powerful current from the Gulf brings many varieties of shells ashore. I've even found a couple dozen shark teeth. Shelling is a very popular activity while visiting the park. Each end of the beach (and everywhere in between) offers many gorgeous shells waiting to be found.
Canoeing & Kayaking
Explore Pelican Cove with your kayak. If you don't have one (or forgot to bring yours), they are available to rent for very reasonable rates.
Relax on the deck of Cafe Honeymoon while enjoying the tropical views and friendly atmosphere. A few of the menu items include: fish, chicken, burgers, hot dogs and delicious fruit smoothies. There is menu section just for the kiddos as well. Alcohol is sold but must be kept within the cafe area.
The cafe also features a gift shop with souvenirs and many beach accessories. You can find anything from magnets and shot glasses to sunglasses, hats and t-shirts. An ATM is available and all major credit cards are accepted.
It's always fun to have a picnic lunch with family. Tables and grills are available for use. No alcohol is permitted in these areas.
Lets Watch the World Go By
Slather on Your Sunscreen
Between the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, the sun is at its highest point in the sky. This means the UV rays are at their strongest.
Be sure to apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before going outdoors and reapply it often. Swimming, sweating and Florida's humidity are just a few things that may decrease its effectiveness. Guard your family against sunburn, early aging and skin cancers by choosing the formula that is best for your skin type.
It's best to be in the habit of applying sunscreen on a daily basis, even on cloudy days. Wearing protective clothing such as hats and long sleeves will also help protect your body from the sun's harmful rays.
Honeymoon Island SunsetClick thumbnail to view full-size
Would You Love to Visit This Park?
Would You Love to Visit This Park?
Directions to Honeymoon Island State Park
Photos included were taken during various trips to the island.
Pictures, Beach, Wildlife.. Something else? I'd love to know what you liked best about my hub and Honeymoon Island. I'd even like to know if you didn't like anything.
© 2013 Melissa