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Caladessi Island State Park

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ROUGH DRAFT

Feb 2018
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GRADES: Click each for info, * = Note
Revisit? C *
Birding D
Wildlife C *
Summer Heat F *
Terrain C *
Fun Hike C *
Maintained A *
Mosquitos F
Biting Files A
Ticks A
NOTE: Fun but one of those you might not need to repeat.
NOTE: Rattlesnakes but otherwise it's wooded but an island so racoons and armadillos only
NOTE: VERY hot and often exposed
NOTE: Sometimes uneven and sometimes sandy but generally easy
NOTE: Summer vs winter changes this
NOTE: Snack bar
 LOCATION: Accuracy: Read me
Map On Big Map: Click map (or on google maps). Address: 1 Causeway Blvd, Dunedin, FL, Pinellas, USA, 34698

1) What It's Like

It's a beach and a trail. The trail - much of it is sandy and exposed but I suppose more is barely covered trails of live oak, pine, cabbage palms and saw palmettos. Beach is nice and somewhat wild other than the one spot by the boardwalk people cluster together at.

2) Kinds of Birds

Saw very little but these things can depend upon time of year. There were a few gulls and shorebirds on beach. Several downy woodpeckers.

3) Wildlife

Saw nothing but snakes apparently.

4) Amenities

Everything at the snack shop/marina area. Take water, sun block, and insect repellent if you do trail in summer.

5) Directions

Ask at gate of Honeymoon island where the ferry is to Caladessi Island (one of first lefts in a parking lot).

6) Time Requirements

Waiting for the ferry and taking it I'd give at least a half hour each way. The trail took us two hours. So plan the better part of a morning or afternoon.

Experience

Caladessi and Honeymoon Island used to be one thing until a hurricane came through. Now you have to have take a ferry to get there.The two are pretty similar but this one is a bit more wild.

The trail - much of it is sandy and exposed but I suppose more is barely covered trails of live oak, pine, cabbage palms and saw palmettos. Beach is nice and somewhat wild other than the one spot by the boardwalk people cluster together at. There are three things to keep walking for if you're getting tired of the hike: when you enter the beach from further down it's a very pretty beach. There's a tree that's shaped like the letter Y that settlers thought was the best thing ever - definitely not worth walking to. And there's a dirty pond that's the only source of fresh water on the island. Sorry "fresh". In summer mosquitoes can be quite bad here. There are signs all over for rattlesnakes but I've never seen one here. By the marina and snack bar (which is manned by nice folks making nice stuff) there's a boardwalk to the beach. Nice beach but everyone clusters as close to that as they can - it's bizarre to watch it come into view from further up the beach.

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