Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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One of Florida's few remaining undisturbed barrier islands.
Duration: More than 3 hours
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  • Melissa H
    Gainesville, Florida45 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Total Relaxation
    Beautiful experience, favorite beach in Florida! Not a place to go if your in a hurry or have other plans- it’s for total relaxation! Nature is wonderful, turtles eating, all types of birds, flowers blooming! White sandy beach and crystal clear water! So many sea shells of all shapes and sizes!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 4, 2023
  • DTP1952
    Jefferson City, Tennessee113 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Should do at least once.
    First warning - bring bug spray. Waiting area for the ferry sits over back waters and was buzzing with mosquitoes; we all got chewed up. The ferry ride was very enjoyable. Saw one dolphin. The walk from the marina to the beach is about 5 minutes. It's mostly boardwalk which makes it easier. Second warning - the walk into the water has lots of shells; you may want to wear water shoes. You can take your own chairs and umbrellas but not a beach wagon to haul them in. Two chairs and an umbrella are available to rent for $35, no cash. You are limited to four hours on the island. We found that to be plenty of time. All in all glad we did this.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 13, 2023
  • Jessica C
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It’s worth it
    Pay the ferry and take the trip!! Beautiful white sand beaches and tons of shells. We went from 11a-3p and that was plenty long to swim and find sea shells. We also saw many crabs, small sting rays, dolphins and birds. It’s worth the extra trip!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
  • Moira J
    Haverfordwest, United Kingdom157 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Paradise part 2
    For the cost of tickets to an aquarium plus parking. We got to sit and watch the wildlife in its natural environment. We hired deck chairs and spent a few hours just relaxing. Went for a dip in the warm water. It truly is a little bit of paradise. There’s a cafe and small shop by the ferry drop off. With ferries running every half hour until 4.30 pm. If you visit honeymoon island then it’s worth the cost of the ferry $18 each to go to Caladesi. You won’t regret it.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 7, 2023
  • nathaliasouzabh
    King of Prussia, Pennsylvania788 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    The ferry ticket is $18 per person. It’s quick to get there, 15ish minutes. On our way there we saw a dolphin. The ferry sailor was really nice! The beach was almost empty. White and soft sand and the water clear and cold. Really good to relax. A lot of shells in the shore. There are some chairs and umbrellas (I think you have to pay $35 for them) There are bathrooms, gift shop (with beer, water, soda, snacks).
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written October 9, 2023
  • Cindy G
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun day on a beautiful beach
    The beach was amazing with blue water, white sand and lots of sand dollars and shells. We rented an umbrella and chairs to keep us from too much sun and stayed for nearly 3 hours. On the ferry ride back to Honeymoon Island the captains kept us amused with stories and trivia and when we spotted a pod of dolphins they paused for a while for everyone to see them and get pictures.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 7, 2024
  • Lisa C
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Beach
    Beautiful beach! Much better option than the crowds in other local spots. Definitely suggest going early. Rented kayaks for the mangrove trail— kayak rentals were a bit pricey but worth the experience.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 1, 2024
  • Nick T
    20 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fun at the beach
    Our family with three kids had an amazing day at the beach. We took the ferry and understood we had 4 hours to enjoy the beach. The beach was a reasonable walk from the drop off point and the bathrooms were accessible. The mosquitoes were present and would have made a hike without bug spray unpleasant; not an issue with on the beach. The beach and water were amazing. Having dolphins playing within sight the whole time made it incredible. We also saw a manatee swim by. The beach was much less crowded than the Honeymoon beach we visited after. Definitely would return.
    Visited April 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written April 13, 2024
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sharonKentucky
kentucky30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021
We arrived at 945 and got tickets for the 1030 ferry. The island was beautiful and we got lots of shells. My daughter even found a live starfish which we took pictures of and put back in the ocean. We had to leave after 3 hours. We had our elderly parents with us and had gotten a beach wheelchair for my dad. I recommend that you do not do that. It was very very hard to push. My husband managed to push him to the beach where we rented chairs for them to sit down. It took everything he could do to push it there. I dont know if the tires werent totally inflated or what but that wheel chair was useless. (We had to have him walk part of the way back because we couldn't push it up hill through the sand.) We couldn't walk around or anything. My parents sat there in the shade the whole time at the beach. Then we waited in line in the cafe for 30 minutes for a smoothie. The smoothie I believe was $6.00 for a tiny cup and seemed to be a mixture without any real fruit in it. After that we took the Ferry back early because we couldn't leave my parents alone and it was impossible to do anything. It was beautiful and we will come again by ourselves and hopefully get to kayak and explore the island. They are building a discovery center and a high area to climb to see over the entire island. It looks as if its close to being finished. Maybe it will be open in June.
Written April 15, 2021
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Duane I
Punta Gorda, FL59 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
For certain types of visiting boats, this place is a disaster. If you need one of the end slips because your boat is too wide, you have only two choices since the park has decided to reserve two of the four total for their own use.

One of the two has no working electrical power, and one has a broken cleat that is critical for you to tie up safely.

The ranger warned us about none of this when we called the day before arrival to check on the status. We won't bother coming back here until we get a tiny boat.
Written October 10, 2020
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Connie G
East Earl, PA8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022
We visited Caladesi Island State Park in February 2022. We took the ferry from Honeymoon Island over to Caladesi. The beach was a natural, beautiful beach. We wanted to kayak through the mangroves. This operation was very disorganized. We were told they would start allowing you to kayak at noon. When we got there they said not until 1 p.m. We had about a 3 hour window before we had to get the ferry to go back to Honeymoon Island. Finally around 1:30 p.m. we had our kayaks and were off. They gave us a map and very limited verbal directions. We found our way through the mangroves fine, but when we came out at the end our map did not say which direction we needed to go to get back (right or left). We decided to head left and then flagged down a small boat and asked them which direction it was to the Caladesi dock. We were goin the right way, but it was a long way back. We got back just as the Captain of the ferry was giving the last call for our ride back. The kayaking was fun, but tense at the end as we were not sure we would make it back. Be careful too because they added a 20% tip onto the rental fee, which is ridiculous because it was not a guided tour. Caladesi was worth visiting the island, but you might want to be careful about the kayaking. Just make sure you understand the map and that it might take 1-1/2 to 2 hours to do the self-guided tour through the mangroves.
Written March 14, 2022
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Chico C
Cleveland, OH159 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Went here to sun tan and wasn’t disappointed . The only problem was the sea gulls. They were hovering around you and when you tried to eat something they would try to take it out of your hand. They actually took a sandwich out of the person I was with hand. This would be the perfect beach if it weren’t for them.
Written January 8, 2020
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Sassygal11
Saint Joseph, MI13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020 • Family
This was a simple morning paddle for our family of 4 (8 & 10 yr olds). We rented two double kayaks from Sail Honeymoon for 2 hours ($45/kayak) which was long enough to paddle over, explore the Caladesi Island and paddle back. The tide was low and we even found an area of live sand dollars on the way. Highly recommend!
Written January 1, 2021
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Brian W
72 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
Went to Caladesi Island for the first time with family. $8 for park entry and $14 per adult for the ride to the island is a bit much but worth it occasionally. My only real issue was the 4 hr time slot for the return trip. What if you want to spend 6 hours on the beautiful white sand beach? Beaches are way better than those rocky ones on Honeymoon Island.
Written March 8, 2020
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BucketLister500
8 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
Caladesi Island is beautiful. This is the first time I rented an umbrella on the beach...sign said "$29.00". Just flew back home and saw my credit card got charged $34.80. Dug up the receipt, and it has a $5.80 "tip" added on. Tip for what? The guy sits in a beach chair and swipes your credit card!

Definitely need shade on the beach, just know going in that the price is higher than advertised.
Written May 13, 2021
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ajlst
Raleigh, NC54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
I don't buy that it's a top 10 beach in the country. It's beautiful, but the day we were there, there was a ton of seaweed and debris in the water. There were also a lot of people clustered on beach with rented umbrellas and beach chairs. Caladesi wants to be the non-commercialized beach, but it's leaning that way. There was a long wait to pay the $8 entrance fee to Honeymoon Island, and the ferry both ways was running about 10 minutes behind schedule. Worrying about catching a ferry and dealing with lines of people definitely took away from the "untouched" beach feel for me.
Written June 28, 2022
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Sue C
Pottstown, PA10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Great state park - wonderful beach - we rented two beach chairs and umbrella $25 right near the concession stand. Highly recommend. Lovely beach, white sand.
Written March 6, 2020
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sarahkandchrisk
Cincinnati, OH28 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
Do not miss this! It should be # 1. And my app is not allowing me to give 5 stars.
So beautiful and peaceful- we went 2x to Caladesi Island and 2x to Honeymoon Island during our stay. Great, easy well maintained trails. Very flat. Not crowded either. The ferry ride is only 15 minutes over and back, and leaves on the hour to Caladesi and in the 1/2 hour to return to Honeymoon Island. Its $8 per car load to get into the state park and $16 RT per adult for the ferry. There is a concession stand on Caladesi which is handy, but pricey, and they have snacks, fried chicken, ice cream, beer etc. You could probably pack a small cooler to bring with you- we were hiking the nature trails and really didn’t feel like carrying a cooler around so we sucked it up and bought $5 Lays chips lol and $8 beers. Gorgeous beach but windy so bring a fleece if you’re normally chilly. We would recommend a stop in Dunedin on your way. They have umbrellas and chairs for rent as well. The ferry operators accept tips- make sure to have cash 😊
Written February 12, 2022
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