Description - Experience the pristine nature at the remote Caladesi Island State Park. Beautiful palms, aquamarine waters, plentiful birdlife and warm ocean breezes tranquilize the visitor to a state of pure relaxation, especially after leaving bustling Clearwater behind. Experience the six island complex reachable only by private boat or by ferry service. Plenty of boat slips allow you to make a day of hiking, swimming, and viewing wildlife. You won't go hungry; there is a full-service concession on the main island.
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Caladesi Island State Park
- For serenity and seclusion, Caladesi Island State Park is ideal. Shore birds and sea turtles build their nests undisturbed among the dunes. Gulf breezes ruffle the tresses of auburn hairgrass. A beautiful island showcase, it is one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands in the state. The park is comprised of six islands with a total of approximately 650 upland acres and more than 1,100 acres of surrounding mangroves and grass flats. Officials finalized acquisition plans in 1968, then was opened to the public in 1972.
Caladesi Island was created in 1921 after a savage storm created Hurricane Pass and separated it from what was then Hog Island. The origin of the name is uncertain, however, it first appeared in print in the early 1930s.
Recreation - Caladesi Island State park is accessible by private boat or ferry service only. The park offers boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, shelling and extensive nature study along the unspoiled island trails. Private boaters may use the 99-slip bayside marina or anchor offshore. Overnight primitive boat camping / docking with marine pump out station is available. Overnight visitors must register before sundown. Ferry service is available from the mainland, weather permitting.
Climate - Winters in west central Florida are normally mild with occasional temperatures dipping into the 30's and 40's Fahrenheit. However, averages range between 52 and 64 degrees Fahrenheit (11 - 18 Celsius). Summers are normally hot and muggy with temperatures and humidity usually exceeding 90 degrees Fahrenheit. Averages range between 81 and 83 degrees (27 - 29 Celsius). Precipitation for the central west area ranges between 52 and 56 inches per year.
Caldesi Island State Park is located in southwest Florida, west of the city of Dunedin off the gulf coast and north of St. Petersburg. Boat access only. Ferry service provided, weather permitting.