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Island Time

On Honeymoon Island

There is nothing better than taking in a nature walk and then heading to the beach to relax!

The Eagle’s Nest

The Osprey and Their Nests

A Falcon

A Great Horned Owl – A 1st for Me to See!


(Photos by RSheridan)

Here’s to Some Much Deserved R&R! What Are You Doing to Relax & Rest? Love to Hear, Please Share.

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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!!!


Cruising

For Dolphins

Took the Parrotdise Express out of the Dunedin Marina for a 2 1/2 hour boat cruise! The wild bottlenose dolphins were being a little more tame and relaxed than wild and jumping about.

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The best was when the Captain turned on the Gilligan’s Island theme song while pulling out of the marina!

“Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale
a tale of a fateful trip,
that started from this tropic port,
aboard this tiny ship.”

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“For a three hour tour,
a three hour tour.”

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At least the punch was secured and at the ready – ha!

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I loved that they covered so much of the water surrounding the Dunedin and Clearwater area too!

  • Dunedin
  • Honeymoon Island
  • Caladesi Island
  • Clearwater
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Sand Key
  • Bellair
  • Hurricane Pass
  • Clearwater Pass
  • The Gulf of Mexico

Let the Fun & Adventure Begin!!!

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Great Day for Sailing!

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The Birds Put On Quite A Show!

Anhinga

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Herons

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Ospreys

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Pelicans

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Seagulls

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The Beautiful Gulf of Mexico

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AMAZING! Day to Be Out on the Water!

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DOLPHINS!!!

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I think this is Mama and Baby.

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A Great Way to Escape and Relax for About 3 Hours! Enjoy!


Going for a Walk About

In Hammock Park

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(Photos by RSheridan)

Escape to the GREAT OUTDOORS – Enjoy!!!


Dunedin Marina

Looking . . .

Looking For Manatees

No Manatees on this expedition.

For Dolphins


This would be GOOD too – ha!

Looking For Birds

Plenty of birds!

The Marina


(Photos by RSheridan)

Happy Exploring!!!


Hammock Park

A NEW! Place To Explore

Hammock Park is located at 1945 San Mateo Drive, Dunedin, FL.

90-acre nature preserve. “Represents one of the last examples of a coastal forest that was typical of West Central Florida prior to development.” Mixed hardwood forest. More than 300 native species of trees, shrubs, ferns, wildflowers, and small animals. Over 100 species of birds inhabit the preserve throughout the year.

  • Boardwalks & Trails
  • Butterfly Garden (the newest addition to the park)
  • Frisbee Golf Course
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground

Need to go back and explore the Butterfly Garden. The garden features 11 beds with 225 plants in 40 varieties. A flowering display of butterfly favorites. More than 35 species of butterflies.

Andrews Memorial Chapel

Built in 1888. Styled in Victorian Gothic architecture.

Birds


This Osprey was all fluffed out!

Lunch Special Today is Crab!

Elephant Ears

Fauna

Spiderwebs

The spiders were really into web design here!

Water


(Photos by RSheridan)

What Have You Been Exploring Lately? Love to Hear, Please Share!


Sunset

Honeymoon Island

The sun was setting in front of me while the moon was behind me – pretty cool!

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Osprey

Dinner is served . . . fish is on the menu – YUM!


(Photos By RSheridan)

Here’s To Taking A Moment To Be In The Present . . . Enjoy!


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