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Honeymoon Island State Park
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This beautiful 2,810-acre park, located on the northernmost barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico, is just a short drive across the causeway linking the island to the crowded mainland. Development has crept ever closer over the years, with retirement condos nearly casting a shadow over its entrance, but the park stands unspoiled and as a testament that man can enjoy nature without destroying it.

Activities at Honeymoon Island State Park include hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing and picnicking. Modern restroom facilities, concessions, a picnic shelter and a playground are also located on the island.

If you are bound for Caladesi Island State Park, you will catch the ferry at Honeymoon Island. Follow the signs just inside the park entrance to the special parking lot and boarding area. The Caladesi Ferry departs hourly (every half hour during peak season) beginning at 10:00 a.m. (weather permitting). The 20-minute round trip is $10.00 per adult, $5.00 for children ages 4-12 and free for children three and younger. Passengers are allowed a four hour stay on Caladesi Island before returning to Honeymoon Island. The Caladesi Island Connection at times has reached capacity in the middle of the day. It is advisable to call ahead to check seat availability — 727-734-1501.

Honeymoon Island State Park is located at the extreme west end of S.R. 586, north of Dunedin. The park is open 365 days a year from 8:00 a.m. until sundown. There is a $5.00 per vehicle entrance fee (for up to 8 people per car), or a charge of $3.00 for single-occupant vehicles. A sunset fee of $3.00 per vehicle is applicable starting one hour prior to sunset.

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