Why Caladesi Island State Park Is the Best Place You’ve Never Heard Of
What if we told you there is a place that has all the seclusion and beauty you are looking for? If Treasure Island was your favorite book as a child, then finding a desert island of your own might still be on your bucket list. Well, you’ve landed on the right page, because now is the time to make that dream come true! Caladesi Island State Park is less than an hour away from Gulfport and is one of the last unspoiled islands in Florida. Go on the adventure of a lifetime and find out everything you need to know to prepare for your visit! Don’t forget to download our free Vacation Guide for suggestions on local restaurants, shops, events, and outdoor activities in the area.
Visit Caladesi Island State Park
Get to Know the Island
Just three miles from Clearwater Beach and less than an hour away from the Historic Peninsula Inn, Caladesi Island State Park stands untouched from civilization. TripAdvisor even named it one of the top beaches in America. Picture endless white-sand beaches, a light breeze, and palm trees among the lush forest. Sounds dreamy, doesn’t it? Well, on Caladesi, it’s reality!
Fun Fact: Caladesi is right next to Honeymoon Island, its northern neighbor. The two islands used to be connected until a hurricane separated them in the 1920s.
Take the Ferry
The easiest way to access Caladesi Island is by ferry. The trip only takes 20 minutes and offers stunning views of the ocean, so have your camera ready to snap a few shots! The ferry departs from Honeymoon Island every half hour starting at 10 a.m. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for children (6-12 years old). Children five and under ride for free.
Once you step off the ferry, you’ll find yourself at Caladesi Harbor. Admire the boats in front of you and visit Cafe Caladesi for coffee or light bite. Their smoothies and burgers are delicious!
What Can You Do on Caladesi Island?
There are many things you can do on Caladesi Island, and they all include relaxation. Lay on the beach and enjoy the sound of the surf, then dip your feet in the sand and forget about your worries. You’ll appreciate the solitude and privacy of the island. You can also admire local wildlife; the island is home to nesting sea turtles and a wide variety of birds.
For adventurers, boating is a great way to spend the day on Caladesi! You can paddle out on one of the most famous kayaking spots in the region. There’s a four-mile trail that takes you through the mangrove and provides amazing views of St. Joseph Sound.
You Deserve a Stay in the Best B&B in Gulfport!
Exploring a tropical island is always exciting, but it can be tiring! After spending the day on Caladesi, your muscles will need to rest. That’s where the Historic Peninsula comes in. Our stunning B&B is one of the best in Gulfport and is within walking distance of many restaurants and shops. You’ll love our rooms, amenities, and comforting atmosphere!
Browse our elegant accommodations and pick your favorite. Take a look at our Burma Suite, for example! With a cozy queen bed in the main room and a loveseat that can sleep one adult, it’s the ideal choice for a weekend getaway. Get a good night’s sleep and wake up the next day feeling as refreshed as ever! Before going on your next adventure, follow the sweet smell of coffee downstairs where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits.
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