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Welcome to Nature... Welcome to Paradise
Caladesi Island Welcome Sign
© Dawn Henthorn, licensed to About.com
Welcome to Caladesi Island State Park... welcome to paradise. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman (affectionately known as Dr. Beach) issues his list of America's Best Beaches on Memorial Day weekend. He named Caladesi Island State Park as America's Best Beach this year (2008) and it often ranks among America's top beaches. He has admitted that the island is one of his favorite getaways. If you visit the beach just once, it may become one of yours too.

Caladesi Island State Park is one of the few parks in Florida's state park system that is only accessible by boat. While this makes the island a bit exclusive, a ferry from Honeymoon Island State Park makes access available to anyone, allowing over 200,000 people to visit Caladesi Island State Park each year.

People come to Caladesi Island for many reasons. Its pristine beaches are ranked among the best in America, but people also come for the outdoor recreational opportunities — swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, hiking, birding, picnicking and shelling. One of the more popular activities is renting a kayak to enjoy the three-mile, mangrove-shaded kayak trail.

There is no camping on the island. The only way you'll stay on Caladesi Island overnight is to bring your boat. Dock at the well-appointed 108-slip marina and enjoy island life with covered picnic pavilion, grills and the Caladesi Cafe just steps away.

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