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OUR BEACH LOCATIONS SERIES- Part 2 of 4: Honeymoon Island State Park, Pinellas County Florida

The mesmerizing waters of the Gulf of Mexico are a bountiful ocean basin and marginal sea of the Atlantic Ocean. Its waters are legendary and make for highly sought-after beach wedding ceremony destinations.

Our 4 -pre-set Gulf of Mexico beach locations are located in gorgeous Pinellas County, Florida, and offer the perfect setting for your elopement.

Honeymoon Island State Park – one of Florida’s best-loved state parks is located west of Dunedin and has more than four miles of white powdery beach to explore, including a dog beach. It is just a short drive from Tampa and offers a serene getaway from the hustle and bustle of the big city.

It is located north of Clearwater just over the Dunedin Causeway.

Admission to the park is $8 per vehicle (with a limit of eight people).

There are over 150 restaurants within a short distance of the park. The area is diverse with drug stores, grocery stores, a post office, fresh fish markets, and much more.

It features stunning, clear aquamarine water and picturesque bench swings. This area offers a variety of foliage, including one of the last virgin splash pine forests, wispy sea oats, sea rockets, and beach elders that grow and spread their roots in the dunes. It is home to a variety of wildlife including but not limited to our feathered friends the great horned owls, osprey, and eagles. On land, there are raccoons, armadillos, and gopher tortoises.

Fishing (fishing license may be required), Kayaking ( kayak rentals available) swimming, shelling, hiking (featuring Osprey Trail, 2.5 miles), and biking (bike rentals available) are some of the popular activities that make Honeymoon Island such a beautiful get-away. There are picnic tables and 2 reservable covered pavilions, barbeques, and restrooms available. The park also features a café and gift shop.

This park has a very special feature: a ferry terminal that accesses beautiful Caladesi Island State Park. (which was once connected to Honeymoon Island at the beginning of the 19th century. The cost is $18 per adult, and $9 per child and they do not allow pets.


History of Honeymoon Island

It was purchased by a businessman named Cliff Washburn in the 1930s. While he and his friend, the editor of Life magazine were picnicking there, he mentioned to Cliff it would be a great secluded place for Honeymooners to enjoy. Soon thereafter, the editor of Life magazine ran the story about the newly acquired Honeymoon Island and it gained popularity quickly and 50 honeymoon cottages were built. These cottages no longer exist today.

Tides of Love Beach Weddings believes that you are sure to fall in love with tranquil Honeymoon Island. The vibe will capture your heart and quiet your soul. Book your elopement beach wedding ceremony for this destination today.


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