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The beaches here are good for long walks, especially in off season or during the week when it's usually less crowded.
Honeymoon Island State Park
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1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, Florida 34698
8:00 am - sundown
Best time to visit
spring, fall, winter
Honeymoon Island State Park is a 385 acre island in the Gulf of Mexico near Tampa and St. Petersburg. While it is primarily a beach park, there also is a small natural area with a walking trail. The park can get busy in the summertime and some weekends, but it is a good year round choice for recreation.
Previously known as Hog Island, Honeymoon Island was named by a developer who held a contest in 1939 for recently married couples to spend a few weeks on the island. Florida later bought the island and opened it as a state park in 1982. The park is managed for both recreation and conservation. Trash is removed from the beach but natural debris such as shells and seaweed are left. Also, the beach is somewhat rocky. Park facilities include bathhouses, a restaurant, a small museum and a dock. A causeway links to the island so you can drive, walk or bike to the park (the entrance fee is cheaper if you don’t drive). Also, a ferry on Honeymoon Island offers transportation to neighboring Caladesi Island State Park.
Honeymoon Island has received the dubious distinction as the busiest state park in Florida. While the beach is popular, the natural area is hardly used. The Osprey Trail is a flat easy walk of up to two miles through a rare virgin slash pine environment. It is a good place to see wildlife, especially osprey and sometimes eagles and owls. The water is clear and fish can be spotted in the mangrove lagoons. In the summer manatees occasionally swim around the island. Honeymoon is not a resort beach so if you are looking for that experience, it is not a good choice. If you want a more natural setting with the upside of nature trails and wildlife viewing, it is a great place to relax for a few hours.
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