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Visiting Honeymoon Island In Dunedin Florida

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For Spring Break this year we drove down to Florida to visit family. The weather was amazing – much better than in Kentucky. One thing we had to do while we were visiting Florida was a trip to the beach.

We are from Florida. We have spent a ton of time at the beach. Knowing it would be a busy time at the beach because of Spring Break I didn’t want to go to Clearwater Beach. Since we spent a few years in Dunedin, Florida we knew they had some pretty incredible beaches.

(I really wish I had brought my good camera to take better pictures. I used my iPhone but I think I must have had some sunscreen on the lens and I didn’t get the best pictures. But I promise – it is a place you will want to visit!)

It is broken into 3 beaches. First you have the Dunedin Causeway. It’s the main strip once you pass Alt 19 on Curlew Road you have reached the beach. It’s free to park anywhere on the causeway. You can swim, fish, launch a kayak, etc. It’s a ton of fun.

A few miles on the causeway you will get to Honeymoon Island. You pay $8 per car to get into the beach. It’s totally worth it and I will give you more details below.

Once you are into the Honeymoon Island Park you will see a sign for Caladesi Island. This island is gorgeous. You feel like you are on a private Caribbean Island. The park is accessible by boat or ferry. Ferry service is provided by the Caladesi Island Ferry and departs from Honeymoon Island State Park. We didn’t take the ferry out to the island but I think it’s about $12 per person.

About Honeymoon Island:

If you are looking for crystal blue water, sand that feels like powder, a beach that isn’t very crowded, and a beach that doesn’t feel like  a tourist trap – this is the beach for you!

 

Once you enter the park you want to visit the North Beach. Look for the signs that say Oasis Beach and you will arrive in white sandy beach paradise!

The sand was like baby powder – so white and fine. If you wait for the tide to come in, there are so many shells to collect. The beach is about 4 miles so you can walk around the whole island on the beach.

 

 

 

We went the week after Easter and there were people there but it wasn’t overcrowded. There were plenty of spots to put in your umbrella and chairs. You can even rent an umbrella and 2 chairs for $35 for the whole day. (It beats having to bring your own and lugging them from the car and then trying to get the umbrella to stand up!)

 

 

 

On the South Beach you will find great bathrooms and changing rooms and a place to buy some food or drinks. We brought a cooler so we didn’t have to purchase anything but I liked having the option to buy food if we needed it. Or you can rent a kayak for around $30 per hour and explore the water more.

 

 

 

On one part of the beach, you can bring your dogs with you. Just follow the signs. There are also trails you can take to explore the island more.

This beach is going to be where we go anytime we visit our family in Florida. It’s easy to get to and I love that it doesn’t feel like a tourist trap. It’s a great place for a family day at the beach.

 

Dunedin, Florida is just north of Clearwater. It’s a lovely little town with fun shops downtown and restaurants to eat at. You can eat at Frenchy’s Outpost on Curlew near to where the causeway starts. Or stop at Publix at the corner of Curlew Road and Alt 19 for the best subs you will ever eat!

 

 

If you are looking for crystal blue water, sand that feels like powder, a beach that isn't very crowded, and a beach that doesn't feel like  a tourist trap - this is the beach for you!

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