Caladesi Island State Park is a gorgeous vacation spot situated on the Florida Gulf Coast just a couple miles north of Clearwater Beach, and not far from the beaches in Tampa and St Petersburg. It is one of the only natural islands on the Florida Gulf Coast and is consistently ranked among the most beautiful beaches in Florida.
Visitors to Caladesi Beach Florida will enjoy its raw natural beauty, complete with over three miles of picturesque hiking trails as well as three miles of kayaking trails that meander through the bay’s mangroves. Caladesi Island State Park is in many ways an ideal destination for families who wish to have a serene vacation as well as access to a variety of beach activities. It tends not to get overcrowded and there are plenty of places to eat and enjoy a beverage. Most of the activities on the island revolve around the water and the marina.
There are virtually unlimited activities that people of all ages can enjoy. Your entire family or a group of friends can take part in everything from scuba and snorkeling to boating and fishing. You can enjoy surf fishing or charter a boat to catch all kinds of varieties in the Gulf waters. The marina at Caladesi Island has floating docks that offer electric and water hookups. There is also a public area with a pavilion and barbecue grill, as well as a snack bar and gift shop on the premises. You need to make reservations to dock your craft, otherwise, boats dock on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is a fee to dock your boat at the Caladesi marina.
Boating and fishing are two of the most popular activities at Caladesi Island State Park, and for very good reason. The waters off the Florida Gulf Coast are well known by anglers of all stripes and you can charter a boat for an exciting deep-sea adventure from Clearwater. Many people who charter boats from the Clearwater marina pass through the waters off of Caladesi Island on their way out to deeper seas. There are a host of charter companies, as well as places to rent everything from fishing equipment and kayaks to wave runners and jet skis along the Memorial Causeway.
Caladesi Island State Park is truly the kind of place that you go to enjoy a peaceful and tranquil retreat from everyday life. Many travelers choose Caladesi for this very reason. Near to Clearwater Beach, Caladesi offers access to all of the amenities in the bigger city as well. The only drawback is that your only options for lodging are camping and cabins. This is great for some folks, but not up to par for those anticipating a hotel stay. If you do have your heart set on a beach hotel, you can always stay at one of the Clearwater Beach hotels and spend the day on Caladesi Island. It is more than worth the trip, if for nothing else, to enjoy the sheer beauty of the island and its wildlife.