Honeymoon Island State Park
A short drive from Tampa, beautiful Honeymoon Island offers visitors an escape from the bustle of city life.
One of Florida’s best-loved state parks, Honeymoon Island has more than four miles of beach to explore along with a three-mile trail through one of the last remaining virgin slash pine forests. Looking skyward, eagles, osprey and great horned owls can be seen, while ground animals include gopher tortoises, raccoons and armadillos. A trip to the Rotary Centennial Nature Center helps educate visitors about the park’s history and natural resources. Find out how Honeymoon Island received its name!
Swimming, fishing, shelling, hiking and bicycling are all popular activities that make Honeymoon Island State Park an ideal getaway. The park is also the ferry terminal for access to another unspoiled state park, Caladesi Island.
Spend the day exploring beautiful Honeymoon Island with Wheel Fun Rentals. We have pedal-powered fun for all ages with our multi-passenger Surreys and beach cruisers. Ride to your heart’s content on paved trails throughout the island. Helmets are highly recommended for all cyclists and Florida law requires helmets for cyclists age 16 and under.
Kayaks can be rented through the concession or, if you have your own, explore Pelican Cove which lies between the sand spit and nature trail.
Surf and pass fishing can yield catches of flounder, snook, trout, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead, pompano, Spanish mackerel, *****, ladyfish and tarpon.
All fishing within the park must conform to regulations concerning size, number, method of capture and season. A fishing license may be required. More information is available at the Florida Wildlife Commission’s Fishing in Florida.
Observe one of the few remaining south Florida virgin slash pine stands along the Osprey Trail, which provides visitors with approximately 2.5 miles of walking.
A picnic area is located on the northern end of the island. There are picnic tables, two covered pavilions, restrooms and barbeque grills. Consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited, except at the restaurant in the park where alcohol is sold. Alcohol is allowed during park-sanctioned events, within designated areas only.
Surfing is allowed in the park, and it's usually pretty good on the north end by Bathhouse 3.
Honeymoon Island is home to many actively nesting birds including Osprey, Oyster catchers, Snowy Plovers and Least Terns. Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, Great Blue Herons and many other species are often observed feeding in the bay, beaches and estuaries surrounding the park. Gopher tortoises and armadillos can be found in the picnic area and along the nature trail.
With approximately four miles of shoreline, beach lovers will find a variety of activities with areas designated for swimming on the main beach, a pet beach on the south end and great shelling and walking on the north end which turns into a sand spit. Showers are located near the boardwalks leading out to the main beach areas.
Visitors to coastal parks are reminded to pay close attention to the Warning Flag Signs posted at welcome stations and on the beaches. These flags indicate the swimming conditions at the beach. Double red flags mean absolutely no swimming because of high winds and undertow currents; yellow means swim with caution and stay close to shore; green means that the waters are safe; purple means that marine pests are present.
Please use caution! Lifeguards are not provided.
There is a Limitless playground located in the picnic area on the north end of the island.
Restroom facilities are available in the park. Several are ADA accessible.
Various interpretive kiosks are located throughout the park. The Rotary Centennial Nature Center is a great place to learn more about the history of Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands as well as information on the plants and animals that can be found on the islands. The elevated observation deck offers spectacular views, and at low tide, provides many opportunities to see wading birds around the seagrass beds in the St. Joseph Sound.
Dogs are allowed in designated areas such as the pet beach on the southern tip of the island and on the nature trail. Pets must be on a 6 foot hand held leash at all times while in these areas.
There are two covered picnic pavilions and grills are located next to the nature trail. These pavilions may be reserved for a fee.
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