14 May Explore Caladesi Island State Park
Take your boat or kayak out to Caladesi Island State Park, one of the last untouched islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast. As one of the more secluded beaches in Florida, Caladesi Island is accessible primarily by water and is a wonderful, lesser-known destination for those seeking unique things to do in Tampa.
Marina Pointe’s luxury towers and townhomes place residents a convenient boating excursion from this pristine park, which was once known simply as “Paradise.”
EXPLORE CALADESI ISLAND FLORIDA
Caladesi Island State Park can be reached by private boat at any time or a public ferry, which departs from nearby Honeymoon Island every half hour. Determined visitors can hike 2.5 miles to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach too.
Discover a wide array of aquatic activities and outdoor recreation at this breathtaking beach near Tampa.
Dock your boat or yacht at Caladesi Island’s 108-slip bayside marina. When the weather is calm, boaters can even anchor offshore and soak in the sunshine and sea breezes.
Designated areas surrounding Caladesi Island State Park are perfect for fishing, although a license may be required. These areas include the north end pass and the Dunedin pass – you can also cast a line from your boat.
There are three miles of nature trails for visitors to explore. Stroll along the pristine white sand beaches and watch birds chase fish through the surf, or hike to the 19th century Scharrer Homestead ruins through the island’s interior.
This tranquil Caladesi Island homestead was established by Henry Scharrer in 1892, when the island was still called “Hog Island,” and he and his family lived there until 1934. The stone ruins of the foundations and chimney are all that remain of his historic home.
Rent a canoe or kayak near Caladesi Island State Park’s marina and café and explore the island’s paddling trail. Wind through the shaded mangrove forests, glide over shallow sea grass flats, or paddle all the way to the Scharrer homestead.
On the trail, you’ll spot local birds such as blue herons, great egrets and osprey, along with Gulf fish such as mullet, snook and red drum. Lucky paddlers may even spy dolphins, manatees, bald eagles or soft pink roseate spoonbills.
Beach lovers will enjoy sunbathing, shelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters surrounding Caladesi Island Florida.
CALADESI ISLAND CAMPING
Visitors looking to spend a night under the stars at Caladesi Island State Park can enjoy the overnight “camping boat” experience. This unique Florida State Parks camping experience centers around the island’s marina, which has floating decks outfitted with 30-amp electric service and water hookups. A covered pavilion and grill provide the perfect setting for al fresco breakfasts, lunches and dinners.
A snack bar and gift shop is also located in the marina, and three sites are ADA accessible.
Reservations can be made in advance at ReserveAmerica or on a first-come, first serve in the Caladesi Island marina. In-person reservations must be made before sundown.
TAMPA ULTIMATE IN-TOWN, ON-THE-WATER LIFESTYLE
Marina Pointe’s luxury waterfront condominiums from the mid-$700,000s are now available in the heart of the Westshore Marina District, where residents can walk to shops, dine on the water and enjoy a state-of-the-art marina and boat slips on their doorstep. Contact us today to schedule your private presentation.