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Caladesi Island State Park, Dunedin

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Caladesi Island State Park is one of the rare, completely natural Florida's islands in the Gulf and has a great beach. Accessible by boat or ferry, the park features a nature trail as well as picnic tables, pavilions, and a playground. You'll find a snack bar and a gift shop on-site. Hike the 5 km (3 mi) of trails and watch for birds feeding around the shallow waters. With a bit of luck, you may see turtles and tortoises. You can try kayaking through mangroves and in the bay. Use our Dunedin online attractions planner to visit Caladesi Island State Park on your trip to Dunedin, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Beautiful beaches. Kayaked from causeway was easier than expected. Love to do it again small island on the way with people hanging out. 
    Beautiful beaches. Kayaked from causeway was easier than expected. Love to do it again small island on the way with people hanging out.  more »
  • Went on a weekday after school began, practically had the beach to ourselves. Water was beautiful. Recommend a visit. 
    Went on a weekday after school began, practically had the beach to ourselves. Water was beautiful. Recommend a visit.  more »
  • The ferry ride was interesting by itself. Captain was entertaining and informative. Being from the west coast of Florida was not wowed by the beach on Caladesi Island. Crescent Beach on Siesta Key... 
    The ferry ride was interesting by itself. Captain was entertaining and informative. Being from the west coast of Florida was not wowed by the beach on Caladesi Island. Crescent Beach on Siesta Key...  more »
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  • I loved the boat ride and seeing dolphins. The beach is nice and the water is clean and clear. I was a little disappointed, it’s your usual beach… It’s a nice place to go when you don’t want to be around a lot of people, especially first thing in the morning. You can bring your own chairs and umbrella with you ( I highly recommend because the cost on the beach is high) I also recommend bringing snacks and your own food, the shop is expensive $$ also. I will go back and recommend others to attend to support the park and enjoy nature.
  • Highly recommend kayaking across the channel from the Honeymoon Island causeway to Caladesi Island. Check the tides and wind/weather before going out bc it can be difficult coming back in from the Gulf against an outgoing tide. I've had to walk my yak back over the sandbars on low tide plenty of times lol you'll likely see a dolphin pod if you watch closely 🐬
  • ABSOUTELY the MOST fantastic island I have seen. Only a limited number of people on the beach at a time,. Ferry runs often and its worse the wait. You feel like you are on an island all by yourself.. BEAUTIFUL
  • A great little get away. We usually arrive by private boat or kayaking from the honeymoon causeway. There is a fee for docking your boat The beach is ADA accessible with special wheelchairs. Amenities include: beach lounger and umbrella rentals, concession stand (a little pricy but the burgers, chicken tenders, and fries are good), small gift shop (apparel, beach toys, sunblock, and other touristy things).
  • If you’re heading over to Honeymoon Island, make sure to head over to Caladesi Island since it’s just nearby. Both islands boast natural and unspoiled beauty that you’ll surely love. It’s one of the few untouched islands along the Gulf Coast that offers an array of activities for all ages. You can stroll along the pristine beaches or go on a kayak trip and many more.

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