Caladesi Island State Park
Caladesi Island State Park is located three miles offshore from Dunedin, just north of Clearwater Beach.
Pristine and Unspoiled
It is one of the few undeveloped barrier islands left in the state and the 600-acre park is accessible only by boat. The beaches front the Gulf of Mexico and the bay side of Caladesi is a mangrove swamp, offering refuge for numerous wading birds and shorebirds. Much of the island’s interior is a ridge of virgin pine flatwood and live oak hammocks. A self-guided nature trail winds through the island’s interior. Park rangers are available to answer questions.
Caladesi Island Ferry
You can get to the island via the Caladesi Island Ferry, (727) 734-5263, which departs from Honeymoon Island and runs from 10:00 am to 5 pm, weather and attendance permitting.
About Caladesi Island
Caladesi Island was “Voted Best Beach 2008 ” so if you are looking to relax, Café Caladesi offers beach chairs and umbrellas for rental. For the adventurous, a kayak trail takes you through Caladesi mangrove tunnels into the Gulf of Mexico. Ocean kayaks are available for rental at the park.
The cafe menu offers similar beverage and food options to the cafes on Honeymoon Island.
There is a 108-slip marina on the bay side of Caladesi Island where you can dock your boat and spend the night, or anchor offshore if the weather is calm.
Overnight docking with electric and water hook-ups is permitted in the bayside marina, but boaters must register before sundown. For more information, visit the Florida State Parks website.
Caladesi Island is open with Limited Visitation. Click HERE to learn more.
Hours Of Operation
Park opens at 8am and closes at sunset for the general public. The Café opens approximately 15 minutes after the first ferry departs Honeymoon Island.
Wedding ceremonies and receptions are not available on Caladesi Island. For small group parties and events such as birthdays, school field trips, etc. please call our events office at 727-260-5503.
Cafe Caladesi Hours
Daily, 10:45 AM to 5:00 PM
10 AM – Last boat is based on seasonally adjusted hours (Weather/Attendance Permitting)
Cafe Caladesi (727) 325-7204
Caladesi Ferry (727) 734-5263
Park Rangers (727) 469-5918
Feeling like a beach-side snooze? Relax under one of our big umbrellas. You can rent a beach chair, too.