Caladesi Island State Park

Description:
Caladesi is an isolated barrier island just south of Honeymoon Island that offers beaches, mangroves, slash pine forests, and maritime hammocks. The island can be accessed only by ferry or private boat. There is a self-guided nature trail that wends through the island's interior.

Watchable wildlife:
During a walk along the beach, you might see bottle-nosed dolphins cruising offshore or the tracks of loggerhead sea turtles. Gulls, terns, and shorebirds hunt rest and hunt for food on exposed sandbars. Wading birds concentrate their feeding activities around the shallow water in the mangrove areas behind the dunes.

Ownership:
Department of Environmental Protection

Contact:
(727) 469-5918 or (727) 469-5942

Directions:
To reach the ferry dock on Honeymoon Island, take U.S. Highway 19 (Alternate 19) from Dunedin, then travel west on Curlew Road (Florida Highway 586).  Follow the signs to the park entrance.

Related Sites:
Other West Central Florida Wildlife Sites
Florida State Parks



FWC Facts:
Black bears originated in North America, and have been here at least 1.5 million years.

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