State Park - Florida
Located at the western end of the Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island State Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living. The park has over 4 miles of beach with great swimming, fishing and shelling. For the nature lover the three-mile Osprey trail takes you through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forest in Florida. On the trail, visitors may spot great horned owls, osprey and eagles nesting.
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Honeymoon Island - Brochure
Brochure of Honeymoon Island State Park in Florida. Published by Florida State Parks.
Honeymoon Island SP https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Honeymoon-Island https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honeymoon_Island_State_Park Located at the western end of the Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island State Park is a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of urban living. The park has over 4 miles of beach with great swimming, fishing and shelling. For the nature lover the three-mile Osprey trail takes you through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forest in Florida. On the trail, visitors may spot great horned owls, osprey and eagles nesting.
HONEYMOON ISLAND STATE PARK HISTORY AND NATURE Located near the top of Florida’s barrier island chain, Honeymoon Island is an important location for resting and foraging shorebirds. The white, sandy beach dunes extend to the northern tip of the island, where flocks of birds typically feed. Nearby, Anclote Key Preserve State Park and Caladesi Island State Park also attract nesting shorebirds to their pristine beaches. The Osprey Trail winds its way through the pine flatwoods portion of the island. Many animals reside here, such as gopher tortoises, raccoons and eastern diamondback rattlesnakes. Large osprey nests located in the top of barren pine snags may be seen. Great horned owls nest here in late winter, and sometimes the chicks can be observed peeking over the edge of their nest or flapping their wings as they learn to fly. 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,” giving the island its name. 1 Causeway Boulevard Dunedin, FL 34698 727-241-6106 HONEYMOON ISLAND STATE PARK A barrier island paradise PARK GUIDELINES • • • • • • • • • Hours are 8 a.m. until sunset, 365 days a year. An entrance fee is required. The collection, destruction or disturbance of plants, animals or park property is prohibited. Pets are permitted in designated areas only. Pets must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and well-behaved at all times. Fishing, boating and swimming are allowed in designated areas only. A Florida fishing license may be required. Portions of the beach are vital shorebird nesting areas and may be closed during certain times of year. Please adhere to posted signs. To volunteer with the park, inquire at the ranger station. For information about joining Friends of the Island Parks, call 727-241-6106 or visit IslandParks.org. Florida’s state parks are committed to providing equal access for all visitors to facilities and programs. Should you need assistance to enable your participation, please contact the ranger station. Visit us online at FloridaStateParks.org Follow us on social media FloridaStateParks.org #FLStateParks Honeymoon Island State Park EXPERIENCES AND AMENITIES Welcome to Honeymoon Island State Park. Stroll along the Osprey Trail to see an osprey’s nest or listen for the call of the great horned owl. Soak up the sun on the four miles of sandy beach. Kayak into St. Joseph Sound or fish for snook in Hurricane Pass. Enjoy the many recreational activities available in this beautiful 2,810-acre park. Directions Volleyball Court Take U.S. 19 to S.R. 586 (Curlew Rd.) and continue west for five miles. S.R. 586 ends at Honeymoon Island State Park. Swimming, fishing and nature study are favorite pastimes of the over 900,000 people who visit each year. To enjoy the beauty of nature, walk one of the two nature trails that wind through the pine and mangrove forests. Keep your eyes open for ospreys and gopher tortoises, as this is their habitat. Rotary Centennial Nature Center Pets are welcome to enjoy the beach in the designated Pet Beach area. Honeymoon Island has one of the few beaches in Pinellas County to allow pets on the beach. For the safety and enjoyment of all visitors, pets must be on a leash no longer than six feet in length and under your control at all times. Nature Trail If you’re looking for great fishing, head to the south end of the island. Hurricane Pass, formed by a hurricane in 1921, is a good location for catching snook. Other species that may be caught include trout, redfish, pompano and shark. Gulf of Mexico Ferry Boat Ticket Office to Caladesi Island State Park Pelican Cove Trail Pelican Co ve Osprey Trail Pet Beach Pet Beach Park Detail Inset Gulf of Mexico Pet beach Entire Park Overview Beach Parking Restroom Biking Picnic Pavilion Shower Concession Picnicking Swimming Fishing Playground Nature Center Hiking Ranger Station Trail 00203_Rev_08.18 Honeymoon Island is a beautiful location for beachside events. The Café Honeymoon management can serve as an event planner, arranging everything from flowers and music to the menu and ambiance. Toll Booth
Camping and Cabins Guide Florida State Parks FloridaStateParks.org • #FLStateParks Welcome When the setting sun paints the evening sky, where will you make your bed? Florida’s state parks offer you a variety of overnight accommodations. At a Florida state park, the day’s work is play, a walk on the beach, a hike through the woods, a swim, a bike ride. All you need is a fishing rod, a kayak, a book and a friend. What do you want to see when the sun rises on the new day? Choose a wooded campsite within walking distance of white sandy beaches or camp along the banks of a quietly moving river. Bring your boat or canoe, or fishing tackle and a rod, for a relaxing time with family and friends. Explore nature on the hiking trails, while at the same time leaving stress of the busy world behind. Attend a festival, a reenactment or simply do nothing. We are committed to providing a variety of accessible amenities for all visitors at Florida state parks, including campgrounds and cabins. 2 FloridaStateParks.org • #FLStateParks Family Camping Florida’s state parks offer more than 50 campgrounds statewide for tents, campers and RVs. Most campsites include water, electricity, a grill and picnic table. Centralized showers, restrooms and a dump station are also available. • One responsible person, 18 or older, must be present on each campsite or cabin. • Camping fees vary from park to park and include a maximum of eight people per site, not including children under 6 years old. • Check-in time is 3 p.m. Check-out time is 1 p.m. You are welcome to stay in the park through the end of the day. • Quiet time is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. • Campsites are limited to two vehicles. Selected campsites may only allow one vehicle. FloridaStateParks.org • #FLStateParks 3 Cabins From modern to rustic, state park cabins provide overnight accommodations in a variety of settings—near beaches, rivers and lakes or peaceful wooded communities. Cabin styles vary from fully equipped modern cabins to hand-hewn, lumber or palm-log retreats. Cabin amenities may include a kitchen, fireplace and screened porch, complete with rocking chairs and porch swings. • Cabins may be reserved for one night during the week, Monday–Thursday, or a minimum of two nights on weekends and holidays, Friday and Saturday, departing Sunday, or Saturday and Sunday, departing Monday. Some exceptions apply. • Cabins can accommodate either four or six visitors. • Check-in time is 4 p.m. Check-out time is 11 a.m. • Quiet time is from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. 4 FloridaStateParks.org • #FLStateParks • Pets are not permitted in cabins or cabin areas. • Staff may assess cabin renters a damage fee if necessary to clean-up or repair any damage beyond ordinary cleaning, wear and tear. Fees may also be charged for lost/stolen items. Group, Primitive, Equestrian and Boat Many parks offer areas for youth and group camping. Backpackers may wish to hike to secluded areas for primitive camping. More than 15 state parks offer campsites and other amenities for equestrians and their horses. Owners of horses visiting state parks must provide proof of a negative Coggins test. Call the park to discuss availability, facilities, rules and fees. Five state parks provide boat slips with water and electricity. Boaters have access to the state park’s restrooms, showers, pump-outs and other amenities. Boaters can also anchor overnight at Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park and at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. FloridaStateParks.org • #FLStateParks 5 Camping with Pets and Service Animals Pets are welcome at most Florida State Parks. Some campgrounds have designated sites for pets. All pets must be confined, leashed or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Leashes may not exceed six feet in length. Pets must be well behaved. Owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles. Pets are not permitted on beaches or playgrounds, or in bathing areas, cabins, park buildings or concession facilities. Individual parks may have specific areas prohibiting pets. Service animals in a working capacity are allowed in all public areas of state parks when accompanied by a visitor with a disability. Service animals should be harnessed, leashed or tethered unless such a device interferes with the service animal’s work or the visitor’s disability prevents the use of these devices. 6 FloridaStateParks.org • #FLStateParks Reservations Campsite and cabin reservations may be made from one day to 11 months in advance by calling (800) 326-3521, (866) I CAMP FL or TDD (888) 433-0287 or by visiting FloridaStateParks.ReserveAmerica.com. Call the park directly to reserve group or primitive campsites. Prices per night: Campsites $16 to $42 Cabins $30 to $160 Visitors pay a reservation fee of $6.70 *Prices subject to change. A 50 percent discount on base campsite fees is available to Florida citizens who are 65 years old or older, or Florida c