Caladesi: A Pristine Florida Island for the Beachgoing Purist

From the New York Times:

"But the best things about Caladesi Island are the things it doesn’t have — roads, crowds, tackiness and noise. There is little to do except enjoy nature, and there is nothing to buy except simple sandwiches, drinks, postcards and modest souvenirs at a small concession stand.

The key to all this? Access is only by boat and there are no overnight accommodations — unless you count the boaters who can dock and overnight in their own craft.

Most visitors, perhaps 200 on a busy day, arrive by flat-bottomed, bargelike ferries that make the 20-minute trip from Honeymoon Island across St. Joseph Sound every hour, more often in summer. Or they rent a kayak there and paddle over."

There are rattlesnakes on the island.

The visitors are only allowed 4 hours on the island. The only transportation is via a ferry from the neighboring Honeymoon island.

According to Wikipedia, originally part of a large barrier island, Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island to the north were formed in 1921 when a hurricane created Hurricane Pass, splitting the larger island into two parts. Though still referred to as an island, Hurricane Elena filled Dunedin Pass in 1985, making Caladesi Island accessible by walking north from North Clearwater Beach. This sand "bridge" is not reflected on the map below - you have to switch to satellite view to see it on the map.

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Click here to check the album Shells of Honeymoon Island, Florida

Image source: Caladesi Island State Park, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

If you go: Caladesi Island State Park Beach. Orlando Sentinel newspaper.
Caladesi Island State Park,

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