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Caledesi Island State Park

by Charlie Peay on November 6th, 2009

Caledesi Island is the only natural island on Florida’s Gulf Coast where you can enjoy the nation’s #1 rated beach, take a hike, go kayaking, have a picnic, and visit the island’s snack bar and gift shop–all in the same day! Beach lovers can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Not only that, but the island is accessible only by private boat or ferry service so you’ll basically have this white sand paradise all to yourself!

There is a 3-mile hiking trail and recreational activities abound. Nature enthusiasts can view ospreys, gopher tortoises and a rich diversity of plant life. Saltwater anglers can fish from their boats or wade in the surf, and the park even has a marina with electric and water hookups. The kayak trail winds its way across the surrounding bay through scenic mangroves and makes for a relaxing getaway in the warm tropical sun! The next time you’re planning to visit Tampa Bay area, make sure to set aside some time to visit this magnificent natural treasure, which is located just one mile west of Dunedin and only a short distance from Clearwater. Click here to see a list of Clearwater Vacation Rentals.

The cost for the ferry is $10.00 for adults and $6.00 for children ages four to twelve. Trips depart hourly beginning at 10 a.m. and ferry passengers are allotted a four-hour stay on the island. You may contact the ferry office at (727) 734-1501 or the Caladesi Island State Park office at (727) 469-5918 for more information.

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