Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island

Sunset on Honeymoon Island

It’s the middle of the week, so I thought it might be a good time to share another dose of warmth from Florida. This time I am sharing with you photos from a recent trip I took to Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island, both located just outside of Clearwater, Florida. Think warm thoughts, New York!

Caladesi IslandCaladesi and Honeymoon are located right next to each other, and in fact the only way to get to Caladesi Island is to take a fifteen minute ferry from Honeymoon Island (unless you bring your own boat, of course). In case you ever make it over to this part of the world, the ferry ride costs $14 and runs every hour. The fee to get to Honeymoon Island is only $8 per vehicle (or $4 if you only have one person in the car).

The islands are a nature lovers’ paradise. One interesting aspect to both islands is that they have recently undergone controlled burns, care of the park service, to keep control of the underbrush. The resulting burned palms have a surreal look next to the white, unblemished beaches.

Burned brush on Caladesi IslandOn Honeymoon Island there is an osprey sanctuary. The huge birds fly overhead and briefly block the sun. As I was walking along the trail I briefly felt like a mouse about to be picked up like a snack. I made it out of the forest without incident, and would recommend the short hike to anyone in the area.

Osprey overhead on Honeymoon Island

Next on my schedule is a trip to Tarpon Springs, along with photos from a recent hike to the Hillsborough River State Park. Wish you all were here in Florida!

Ferry dock to Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island
It’s a race: bird vs. boat

Burned brush on Caladesi Island

Burned brush on Caladesi Island

Burned brush on Caladesi Island

Bench on Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

Mangroves on Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

Caladesi Island

Burned brush on Caladesi Island

Burned palm on Caladesi Island

Birds on a dock at Caladesi Island

Blue heron on Honeymoon Island

Ferry ride from Caladesi to Honeymoon Island

Osprey in a tree on Honeymoon Island

Osprey in a tree on Honeymoon Island

Osprey overhead on Honeymoon Island

Animal paw prints in the mud at Honeymoon Island

Pelican trail on Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island

Pelican trail on Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island beach

Honeymoon Island beach

Sunset on Honeymoon Island

Sunset on Honeymoon Island

Sunset on Honeymoon Island

If you would like to see more of my travel photos, please visit my personal website — www.Kelly-Williams.com

 

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