Destination Overview

Extraordinary views of the Gulf of Mexico make Honeymoon Island a must-see hidden gem on Florida’s west coast. The state park is just a short drive away from Downtown Clearwater and is a favorite day trip option for honeymooners seeking a mixture of relaxation and adventure. The Caladesi Island Ferry provides direct access to the island, and the short 20-minute trip provides a taste of the enchanting sights that await you.

Rent a beach cruiser or a romantic Surrey for two and ride along the miles of paved trails throughout the island, or lace up for a beautiful, scenic hike on the 2.5-mile Osprey Trail. The surrounding waters are ready to be enjoyed in a number of manners, including swimming, fishing, and paddling (daily kayak rentals are available). Animal lovers will find that the destination is a certifiable wildlife magnet, and dozens of native birds can be seen in their natural environment, as well as seals, tortoises, and more. Plus, pet owners are welcome to bring their pups to the Pet Beach on the island’s south shore.

After an active morning or afternoon, you’ll undoubtedly want to relax on the gorgeous white sands that stretch across four miles of Honeymoon Island’s shores or enjoy a picnic lunch in the shade at one of the island’s pavilions. There’s also Cafe Honeymoon, whose menu is filled with delicious sandwiches and seafood baskets, smoothies, wine, and draft beer. Umbrellas and chairs are available for daily rentals, so all you’ll have to bring is yourself for a relaxing day at the beach.

As the sun sets on another magnificent day at Honeymoon Island, it will surely be difficult to say goodbye. Thankfully, you can preserve the moment forever with a gorgeous photograph to define your once-in-a-lifetime trip.