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“Nice - but not a must-see”

Caladesi Island State Park
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US$185.00*
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2 Hour Jet Ski Tour of Honeymoon and Caladesi Island
Ranked #1 of 40 things to do in Dunedin
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: One of Florida's few remaining undisturbed barrier islands.
Reviewed 26 April 2009

We stayed in Indian Rocks Beach for a 3rd year. After hearing the reviews, and with Dr. Beach's #1 rating of US Beaches, we were anxious to check out the beach. The beach is no different than Indian Rocks Beach.....which is also lovely.....but THAT was at our doorstep without the 10 minute ferry ride! I didn't mind the ferry price or park fee. We were content to lounge on our blankets when we weren't shelling. I thought it was going to be carribean-like (shallow, gentle, turquoise). It was shallow enough but ordinary sand like the rest of the suncoast in the Tampa/Clearwater area. We briefly went on the beach in Clearwater. Now that is amazing immaculately clean, cotton soft sand. Don't get me wrong. It's a nice adventure. Just no more special than the rest of those coastal areas.

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Reviewed 4 April 2009

We went to Caladesi Island on Thursday, April 2, 2009. Walked up and purchased the tickets for the ferry ($10 per person/roundtrip). The ferry runs every 30 mins. from Honeymoon Island to Caladesi Island. Everyone is allotted 4 hours on Caladesi Island and our return time for the ferry was written on the ferry tickets. The ferry ride was about 20 mins. and a few extra mins. to watch dolphins. The ferry takes 60 people at a time and was not very comfortable. Everyone must stay seated and sit very close to one another. The ferry crew informed us to be careful of rattle snacks on the island. Once we arrived we went straight to the beach and rented two beach chairs for $10. The beach was very nice...soft white sand and the water was pretty clear.
I would still opt for Fort De Soto over Caladesi Island! Fort De Soto has a beach (North Beach) which is very close quality to Caladesi Island. Also Fort De Soto has bicycles for rent, kayaks for rent and no crowded ferry ride.

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Reviewed 31 March 2009

We just returned from a wedding in Clearwater Beach, Florida. I read Trip Advisor's suggestions on things to do in the area. We had about five hours to spare before our flight out of Tampa. First, we drove to Honeymoon Island State Park. There's a $5.00 admission fee. Then we took the ferry from there to Caladesi Island State Park---$10.00 a person round trip. The ferry leaves from Honeymoon Island State Park every half hour, but it was a busy day, and we had to wait an hour to get on. The ride was delightful, though, taking about 25 minutes. After landing we took a five minute walk across the island to the beach. It was really crowded, but the beach and water were lovely. We thought there wouldn't be many shells because it was so crowded, but we were wrong. We turned right when we got to the beach and walked for about twenty minutes, completely filling our bag with some beautiful shells.
People are assigned a four hour limit on the island. You can come back earlier if there is room. We would have enjoyed staying the full time, but we had to rush to get to the airport, a 30 to 45 minute drive. You are permitted to bring food and drinks and even an ice chest to the island, but there is also a small snack bar. I would highly recommend taking the time to ride the ferry over to Caladesi Island, and be sure to bring a bag for collecting shells.

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Reviewed 29 March 2009

Accessible only by boat - we chartered a local sailing captain for the day who took us there without a wait in line for the ferry. It's very shallow and a bit challenging to get there on your own but could be done by those who are familiar with boating and reading channel markers. This beach was powdery white sand but due to a recent storm, plenty of seaweed too. It's a great shelling beach once you get far enough away from the crowded entry area. There's a little store featuring a grill for burgers, a nature trail for hiking, and umbrellas on the beach. This beach is perfect for nature lovers and for those who want good, clean fun - no partying.

1  Thank MoCarol
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Reviewed 9 October 2008

I live in Tampa but this was my first trip to Caladesi Island with some family in town from Arizona. We absolutely loved it. The #1 beach was well deserved.

I cant think of a better beach to spend the day enjoying. We loved the shells and sanddollars that speckle the coast as well as the luxurious white sand.

I highly recommend this for anyone coming to the Clearwater area. It will be worth it.

2  Thank SMM3
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