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“A slice of Paradise...to be sure!”

Ranked #1 of 24 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of Florida's few remaining undisturbed barrier islands.
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Though i want to keep this gem a secret...it should be shared, and you can't stay on the island for more than 4 blissful hours so there's time for all of us. Clear blue waters, 4 dolphins idling by just off shore...beautiful, bountiful seashells (though you must leave the live ones). Entered the State Park ($8.00), took the ferry over $28 for 2 of us...$36 for 2 for 4 hours, but well worth it.

We didn't rent umbrella, but enjoyed an above average hot dog/ fries lunch..which was a perfectly grilled, beefy and nice sized hot dog...on a grilled bun, too. Fries were plentiful to share an order and still toss some in the garbage after-and we were hungry after 3 hours in the Florida Island July sun!

You won't want to miss a visit here...your ferry ticket is stamped with your arrival time, and you risk being charged again if you don't board a return ferry within 4 hours. It's plenty of tine though...Enjoy this Gem away from it all!

2  Thank Linda L
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Reviewed July 18, 2013

Stopped for an afternoon at beach after cruise. Upon entrance at Honeymoon Island, you are charged an entrance fee per car load ($8 or so). Then ferry ride is charged separate $14/per adult. Check local tourist brochures for discount coupon. We found some. Ferry ride is a great experience. Our ferry driver's took time to point out things & even stopped to let us video some frolicking dolphins. Walking to beach, we saw 2 huge turtles & a rattle snake. Beach is very clean & nice white sand. Calm waters, just not as clear the day we went. Rent a kayak...very nice waters to explore. Warning!!!! Bugs ate us alive on walk back. My son had severe allergic reaction. Overall a great island trip, but take bug spray & watch kids on trails.

2  Thank Wendy H
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

We boated over and stayed in the marina for 3 days. Everyone was helpful and friendly. There was lighting, shore power and fresh water on the docks. The beach was beautiful and not too far of a walk. There are plenty of places to explore by boat. There are indoor bathroom and changing facilities and outdoor showers. There were no private showers and there was no hot water. Be aware that this is a state park and full of wildlife and bugs. Bring plenty of bug spray if you are staying for the evening or overnight.

3  Thank AnnualAdventurer
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Reviewed July 8, 2013

Another awesome state park beach. Only accessible by Ferry but worth the time and money. Do not like that you are limited to hours and must return - longer visits would be better. Bring your own umbrella and chairs and small cooler - $25 to rent for a couple of hours and concessions are pricey, beach is nice for swimming and entire park is incredible for walking and shelling - nature at it's best - have gone twice, needed sweatshirts in February (was VERY cold) and swimsuits in May (very warm) but both visits were awesome.

2  Thank Dawn M
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Reviewed July 6, 2013

We found this park by searching for "best shelling beaches in Florida,". I think this came in #2, and it WAS awesome! (You just need to make sure there's no one living in those big conch shells before you take them!). This is one of those uninhibited islands that are so peaceful and unspoiled. We always go to Shell Island when we are in the panhandle, which is similar, but Caladesi was even better because there were bathrooms, nice shower houses and even a little shop/grill where you could buy food, etc. Would love to explore the nature trails next time. Be sure to call ahead about the ferry, because even though the website said it ran every 30 min., it was only running on the hour the day we visited.

3  Thank Sojo83
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