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Caladesi Island State Park

 About Caladesi Island State Park

Great white heron eating. Photo by Scott Veix

A NOTE FROM THE MANAGER

Pete Krulder

Every season offers a host of outdoor activities at Caladesi Island State Park.

Come enjoy our famous beach, named the best in North America in 2008. Swimming, shelling and fishing are popular activities year-round. Build a sandcastle with your kids, or just relax with a book under one of the beach umbrellas available for rental. Remember to "do the shuffle" and move your feet in the sand as you bathe to avoid an unhappy encounter with a stingray.

It's always fun to hike our beautiful nature trail, which leads you through several different natural communities as you explore the island's interior. The trail is a great place to find an Osprey perched majestically in an old pine snag or to cross paths with a gopher tortoise. Remember to bring sunscreen, drinking water and insect repellent for your inland adventure.

The same goes for our mangrove-covered kayak trail, which winds from the marina to St. Joseph Sound and back. You can paddle over from the Dunedin Causeway in your own kayak or rent one right here on the island from Cafe Caladesi.

How about a cook-out? The picnic area has plenty of tables and grills. Just be sure to bring your own charcoal and lighter fluid; they're not available on the island. And please note that grills are not permitted on the beach.

Please respect the posted areas on the island and admire all wildlife from a distance.

As much as dogs love bounding through the surf, an incursion by one dog into a nesting area can be deadly for a season's worth of eggs or chicks, so please leave Rover at home if you are coming on the ferry or on the boat if you anchor off. There is a great dog beach available nearby at Honeymoon Island State Park.

Whether you're coming for four hours on the ferry or staying overnight on your boat, Caladesi offers something for every nature lover. Enjoy!

Caladesi Island is accessible by private boat or via the Caladesi Connection ferry service. Cost for the ferry is $14.00 for adults and $7.00 for children ages six to 12. Trips depart hourly beginning at 10 a.m. Ferry passengers are allotted a four-hour stay on the island. No pets are allowed on the ferry. Contact the ferry office at (727) 734-1501 for more information.

For further information about Caladesi Island State Park, please call the Ranger Station at (727) 469-5918.

DESIGNATIONS

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GETTING HERE

  • Located one mile west of Dunedin off the Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island is accessible by boat or ferry. The ferry service to Caladesi leaves from Honeymoon Island State Park every hour, beginning at 10:00 a.m.
  • To access by boat from Marker 14 on the Dunedin Causeway Channel, which runs parallel to the causeway between Hurricane Pass and the Intracoastal Waterway, follow a compass heading of 212 degrees for approximately one mile. Follow the channel markers into the Caladesi Island State Park marina.

GET INVOLVED

  • For forms, information and benefits of volunteering visit Get Involved.
  • Friends of the Island Parks
  • Supporting Honeymoon Island and
    Caladesi Island State Parks
    #1 Causeway Blvd
    Dunedin, FL 34698

CONCESSIONAIRES

PET POLICY

  • Florida State Parks Pet Policy
  • Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Pets are not permitted on the beach or in the concessions at any time. Pets are permitted on boats staying overnight in Caladesi's marina. Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Quiet hours must be observed from 10:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner and remain on the owner's boat. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the boater being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the marina.