If you been thinking it’s about time to add some excitement to your weekend boating routine, then head-out to Caladesi Island State Park for a day or overnight adventure.
Caladesi, just off the coast of Tarpon Springs, Florida is one of the few remaining natural islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast.
In fact, the island’s white sand shores have been rated by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, a.k.a. Dr. Beach, as one of the top ten beaches in the USA in 2007 and 2008; in 2008 Caladesi captured the #1 title.
Beach lovers will enjoy swimming, sunbathing, beach combing, and picnicking. Fishermen can cast a line from their boats or get up close and personal in the surf. Nature lovers can watch wildlife while hiking the three-mile nature trail which winds through the island’s interior or paddle a three-mile kayak trail through the mangrove-lined coves of the bay. Picnic tables and pavilions are located near the beach and can be reserved for a fee. Call ahead to secure your reservation and don’t forget to bring your water, food and sunscreen.
So, next time you are looking for a new adventure, head out to this undiscovered island right in your own backyard. It is the perfect day or weekend destination for romantics and adventurers alike. You can venture off in your own craft, rent a boat from Cannons Marina or check into the Caladesi Ferry service for a ride.
Your island staycation [ boatcation ] awaits you!