One Florida island paradise takes prime billing for lovely seashores. Caladesi Island State Park received the nod from Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, AKA Dr. Beach, as primary seashore within the nation in 2008. The shelling right here is incredible. You may discover a starfish or an ideal conch shell washed ashore.
Aside from the glowing surf and pristine sand seashore, this park is a superb place to go kayaking down a mangrove coated waterway or hike the two.5 mile nature path and search for wildlife. If you select the character path, it begins simply to the left of the ranger station close to the Old Tower Site and winds from the seashore by way of the hammock then again once more to the seashore. Only the final half of the path is a loop so that you do traverse some of the seashore part each methods.
Once you progress from true seashore to wash, the path is dwelling to jap diamondback rattlers so proceed with warning notably across the ruins of the outdated homestead. Another merchandise to deal with with warning is the prickly pear cactus that’s sprinkled liberally within the scrub space. It’s right here too you might be more than likely to see some of the opposite wildlife that calls the island dwelling, armadillo, marsh rabbit and possibly an endangered gopher tortoise.
Walk down the seashore and found a small pond, Cat’s Eye Pond, the place the path returns to the seashore. This is an effective spot to search out some of the island’s water birds — egrets, heron, roseate spoonbill and ibis. There are so many you will not know the place to level the digicam subsequent. The seashore scrub transforms to piney woods because the elevation will increase a couple of toes in peak. Raccoons will vary from right here to the pond and even on to the seashore however they’re extra prone to be seen close to twilight or at evening.
Boat tenting is allowed on the island by reservation only–there are 108 boat slips all with electrical hookups–so it’s potential to be there after darkish however taking the path then will not be a wise concept. Pets on leash are allowed on the boats and most different areas however not the seashore.
Another solution to see one thing in addition to the seashore is to paddle the three.25 mile kayak/canoe path. The final two thirds of the path is a loop from the marina by way of Saint Joseph Sound so that you do see so much of the island that’s inaccessible by foot.
The island has an fascinating historical past. It was as soon as a bigger island known as Hog Island. In 1921, an enormous hurricane blew by way of this space leaving the same old destruction in its wake. It was so fierce, individuals on the island tied their kids to timber to maintain them from being blown away. When the storm was over, the island had been minimize in two. The new move was known as – what else- Hurricane Pass.
Myrtle Scharrer Betz grew up on the island within the early 1900s. She rowed a small boat from the island to Dunedin to attend college. She later wrote her autobiography known as “Yesteryear I Lived In Paradise.”
Caladesi Island and the opposite islands that make up the state park are very near Paradise.
Perhaps one purpose for the fantastic seashores is that this park can solely be accessed by boat. The state gives a ferry from close by Honeymoon Island State Park or you should use your personal boat.