The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm - thatched bungalows for honeymooners. Today, visitors can drive across Dunedin Causeway to enjoy the sun - drenched Gulf beaches, mangrove swamps, and tidal flats. Nature lovers will find osprey nests, a wide variety of shorebirds, and one of the few remaining virgin slash pine forests in South Florida. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the parks concession has a gift shop and snack bar. Located at the extreme west end of State Road 586.
A wonderful state park that encompasses most of the island...located just north of Clearwater Beach, but much less crowded. It has a beautiful beach that you can spend a while exploring. You can combine the interior trails for a very nice three mile loop with great views of Pelican Cove and Saint Joseph Sound and lots of wildlife. I saw many osprey and a couple nests, pelicans, gopher tortoise and armadillo. Don't forget the bug spray for the trails.
Beautiful doesn't begin to describe this place! You have trails, sitting areas, shells all over, and the beach of course! For an extra fee you can even ride a ferry over to another island and have a little more seclusion and some larger sheels to find as well! Very serene in the off season, as for the summer, well, I hope you like busy, lol!
Growing up in the Bay area, Honeymoon Island is a place where I have spent a great deal of time. There is no shortage of scenic views nor a diversity of wildlife. Look around for osprey nests! This is a super easy area to get some good exercise. You can run or walk or canoe around the island.
Great run! Only ran for an hour & saw lots of wildlife. Almost got tripped by an armadillo that ran in front of me & saw a large gopher tortoise crossing the trail too. $4 per car / person & $2 pedestrian entry fee at the main gate. Well worth it for my $!
Ron C. on Honeymoon Island Trails
Walked the Osprey trail today. Very enjoyable except for a long portion of deep sugar sand which was hard on the knees. Many Ospreys as well as gopher tortoise, and armadillos.