Honeymoon Island: the name conjures up images of long, romantic strolls down white sand beaches, the sun setting on the water in a pool of melting orange. The island’s original name, Hog Island, doesn’t have the same ring to it! However, thanks for a developer in the late 1930s, the island received a name overhaul when he built 50 thatch-roofed bungalows for honeymooners. The bungalows fell into disuse after World War II, but the name remains, as does Honeymoon Island’s reputation for romance.
Now part of the Florida State Parks system, Honeymoon Island welcomes nature lovers, active adventurers and those simply looking to soak up the sun. Rent a bike or a kayak and traverse the nature trails across the island or paddle through the mangroves. Bird lovers will enjoy watching osprey, terns and plovers while animal enthusiasts can keep an eye out for the gopher tortoise, armadillo and raccoons. Or, simply put down a blanket or beach chair and enjoy the view.
Honeymoon Island State Park is located at the extreme west end of S.R.586, north of Dunedin. Honeymoon Island is open year-round, from 8 a.m. until sundown. Entrance fees are $8 per vehicle, with two to eight people per vehicle and $4 for a single-occupant vehicle. Pedestrians and cyclists are $2. You can also catch the ferry to Caladesi Island from Honeymoon Island.