The island received its name in 1939 when New York developer Clinton Washburn purchased the island and, together with LIFE magazine, held a contest for newly married couples. The winners of the contest would stay in thatched bungalows in sunny Florida for a two week 'honeymoon.'
In 1939, Clinton Washburn and Life magazine held a contest for newlyweds. Contestants submitted essays to win a two week honeymoon on what became known as Honeymoon Isle.
Little cottages constructed of palm fronds served as honeymoon huts for newlyweds in the early 1940s. The visitors were flown on and off the island by the planes shown on the water's edge.
Imagine spending your honeymoon with nearly 100 people. Fifty honeymoon huts were built on the island. These honeymooners, standing in front of one of the palm-frond huts, hold a heart-shaped sign containing signatures of all of the newlyweds on Honeymoon Isle.