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Beach Day

Here’s to Sun, Salt and Sand


(Photos by RSheridan)

 Enjoy – Play, Laugh and Have FUN!

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Fred Howard Park

Hello! The Gulf of Mexico

The park consists of 155 acres and is located on the Gulf of Mexico. You get to the park by going over the mile long causeway.  The views are spectacular!

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White sandy beaches. We enjoyed the beach and swimming area. Birds, dolphins and manatees. We saw plenty of seagulls.

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The landscape of the park is impressive! Sea grass beds to wetlands to mangrove estuaries to salterns to coastal scrub to long leaf and slash pine flatwoods to turkey oak to long leaf pine sandhill. Plus the various species of birdlife and wildlife.

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There is a $5 daily parking fee and pay via an automated pay station. There are picnic shelters available that require a reservation. There are plenty of restrooms, rinse stations and beach showers.

The park was dedicated on April 16, 1966 and today there is almost 2 million visitors to the park annually. Fred Howard was elected the Mayor of Tarpon Springs in 1945 and served as a City Commissioner. He also was the Vice Chairman of the Pinellas County Park Board for more than 30 years.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


Honeymoon Island

State Park

A Florida State Park located on Honeymoon Island, a barrier island across St. Joseph’s Sound from Palm Harbor, Ozona and Crystal Beach. The park is 385 acres in land area with 2,400 acres submerged and 4 miles of beach. Honeymoon Island was formerly known as Hog Island.

The American public were introduced to Honeymoon Island in the early 1940’s. The advertisements promised undiscovered pleasures for newlyweds. Honeymoon-type huts were built on the island for vacationing. Hence Hog Island became Honeymoon Island.

Then World War II began and the thatched huts fell into disuse. The structures were torn down as the island was turned into a state park. A causeway was constructed in 1964 leading to the island.

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The Dunedin Causeway

Recreational Activities

  • Birding (Osprey, tern, plover, wading birds, etc.)
  • Bird observation areas
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Swimming

The Island is a refuge for a number of species of plants (i.e. slash pines, mangroves, etc.) and animals (i.e. dolphin pods, birdlife, wildlife, etc.).

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The beaches are sandy.

Amenities

  • The Rotary Centennial Nature Center (elevated observation deck, exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the Islands, etc.)
  • Bath houses
  • Concession stands
  • Passenger ferry service to Caladesi Island State Park
  • Picnic areas
  • Pet beach

Rattlesnakes are common to Honeymoon Island – exercise caution! Mosquitoes can also be a nuisance. Sunscreen+Bug Juice = Happy Beach Goer!

Caladesi Island

Honeymoon Island and Caladesi Island were originally part of a large barrier island that split in half during a major hurricane in 1921. The waterway between the islands is known as Hurricane Pass. Located in the Gulf of Mexico across St. Joseph Sound to the west of Dunedin, Florida and north of Clearwater Beach. Caladesi Island is not its own island, but shares its island geography with Clearwater Beach.

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The Gulf of Mexico

There is a ferry from Honeymoon Island out to Caladesi Island. There is a dock on Honeymoon Island to launch private boats to go out to the island. You can also walk to the island via Clearwater Beach from the south; it is only separated by a “welcome” sign.

Hurricane Elena filled in Dunedin Pass in 1985 marking the island accessible by walking northward from North Clearwater Beach.

Recreational Activities

  • Beach area
  • Birding
  • Boating, canoeing, kayaking
  • Fishing
  • Hiking (3-mile nature trail)
  • Shelling
  • Swimming and snorkeling
  • Wildlife viewing

Amenities

  • Marina
  • Picnic areas
  • Bath houses
  • Concession stand

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Caladesi Island (Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring & Adventuring!!!


A Beachy Christmas

White Sand & Blue Skies

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Sandy Snow People

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Seashells

I am like the paparazzi of seashells!

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Birdlife

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Sun

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Hope Everyone Had a Good Holiday! 2017 Is On Its Way!


Black Friday

Beach Time!

Thursday the table was dressed for the gathering of the feast. The meal was a twist of traditional and coastal with turkey, shrimp and fish and of course all the fixins plus dessert.

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Gobble, Gobble

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Then Friday was a big breakfast with beach time in the afternoon.

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Holidays! Make New Traditions and Make Lifelong Memories. Enjoy Quality Time With Your Greatest Someones.


Beach Combing

Strolling the Beach

Seashells by the Seashore

Coral

Waves


(Photos by RSheridan)

Enjoy A Little Piece of Paradise! Where is Your Favorite Place to Stroll? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Evening Stroll

North Redington Beach


Strolling Along . . .

Capturing Seashells

A Glob of a Jelly – Watch Out!

An Ocean Bubble

Beautiful Blues

Beach L-O-V-E


(Photos by RSheridan)

It Feels GOOD to Slow Down the Pace and Be In the Moment – Enjoy!


The North Shore

Oahu

I love the North Shore of Oahu! There are the impressive views of the ocean as well as many beaches to explore. There is shrimp to be had at almost every food truck. I decided to go with the coconut shrimp with a honey guava dipping sauce this time. (dug in and cleaned my plate before remembering I should have taken a photo – sorry!)

The Ocean & The Waves

The Beautiful Palms of Paradise

The Beach Treasures

(Photos by RSheridan)


The North Shore of Oahu

Adventuring & Exploring

Whale Watching

Went on a whale watching tour out of Haleiwa. I would have needed one heck of an expensive lens to get “that” picture of a whale, so sat back, relaxed and enjoyed the experience instead!


Catamaran Sail (Photo by RSheridan)


Out on the Water & Looking for Whales (Photo by RSheridan)


Pure ENJOYment (Photo by RSheridan)

Rogue Waves


The Calm Before the Storm (Photo by RSheridan)


The Pounding Surf & Waves (Photo by RSheridan)

A Rogue Wave came out of NOWHERE while walking the beach; talk about getting a drenching!

Chinaman’s Hat


Chinaman’s Hat (Photo by RSheridan)


Chinaman’s Hat Area (Photo by RSheridan)


Chinaman’s Hat Area (Photo by RSheridan)

Turtle Bay Resort


Turtle Bay Resort – Wyland Art (Photo by RSheridan)


Big, Beautiful Waves (Photo by RSheridan)

HANG LOOSE EVERYONE!!!


Paradise

Sink Your Toes In


Tropical Paradise (Photo by RSheridan)

The Sand (Photo by RSheridan)


Sailing (Photo by RSheridan)

Nothing Like Dreaming of Paradise in January!!!


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