When the area was first settled, the pioneers called it Hog Island, probably not the best name for this white sand paradise. But when a New York developer built 50 palm – thatched bungalows for honeymooners in 1939, it became Honeymoon Isle. A much better choice of names for this gorgeous little Island. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun-drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats.
You’ll find a nicely appointed nature center with an observation deck overlooking the tidal flats where you can do a little birdwatching. The Honeymoon Cafe and the South Beach Pavilion both offer food and drink overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.
Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel 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 on the shore. Showers are available and the park’s concession has a gift shop and snack bar. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.
Your first stop on the Island is the Main Beach, which is really a bit deceptive. This is the more rustic end of the Island!
The main beach is full of limestone rubble. You’ll find an occasional sun bather, and fisherman here. Definitely more private, but not exactly the best spot to wade out into the water, bring your water shoes if you decide to stay at this end of the Island.
Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, as the park is home to a number of threatened and endangered species of animals and plants. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Or you might run into our feathery friends right on the beach.
With approximately four miles of shoreline, beach lovers will find a variety of activities with areas designated for swimming on the north beach, which extends into a sand split further down the beach. If you have fido with you, there’s a pet beach on the south end, its a little bit of a hike to get to and you won’t find any shade, but I’m sure your dog will love it!
Pristine and beautiful Honeymoon Island is one of Florida’s finest beaches, making it an ideal destination for weddings, receptions and parties. And really, who could resist getting married in a place called Honeymoon Island?
You’ll fall in love with Honeymoon Island, it’s just a quick drive over the Dunedin Causeway (north of Clearwater).
It’s a great day trip and although there are no accommodations on the island, you’ll find a number of smaller hotels and restaurants in nearby Dunedin, which has a small-scale quaint downtown.
The park is open from 8:00 a.m. until sundown, 365 days a year and you can learn more about it by clicking on the link – Honeymoon Island
There is an $8.00 fee for a carload up to 8 people. It’s $2.00 for Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers and passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.
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