Here are three large barrier islands off the beaten path in Pinellas
County that are only accessible by boat or ferry.
Honeymoon Island - this state park near Dunedin features sunbathing, shelling,
swimming, fishing, picnic pavilions, bathhouses and a park concession building. The Caladesi Island
ferry departs from Honeymoon Island. Like Caladesi
Island, Honeymoon Island is one of the states few undisturbed barrier islands. The
Island also features two bird observation areas, a pet beach, two nature trails and one of
the few remaining south Florida virgin slash pine stands. These large trees serve as
important nesting sites for osprey. Honeymoon Island has more than 208 species of plants
and a variety of shore birds, including several threatened and endangered species. The
Island has a long history considering it is only 7,000 years old. Originally settled by
members of the Tocobaga tribe of Native Americans, a wave of explorers, pirates, traders
and fisherman came and went. Originally named Sand Island, a successful hog farm changed
the islands moniker to Hog Island in the 1880s. A hurricane in 1921 separated what
is now Caladesi Island.
Caladesi Island - one of the few remaining large undeveloped
barrier islands on Floridas Gulf Coast near Dunedin. Caladesi is only accessible by boat. The
island is ideal for swimming, shelling, fishing, picnics, skin and scuba diving and nature
study. The park also has a three-mile nature trail winding through the islands
interior. The park is open daily. A ferry departs
rom nearby Honeymoon Island. Docks are available on the island for private boats.
A snack bar and shelters are also available
Egmont Key - this 440-acre island at the southernmost tip of
the St. Petersburg/Clearwater area is the home of the last government-manned lighthouse
(built in 1858) in the United States. Now a wildlife refuge, Egmont Key was a camp for
captured Seminole Indians during the Third Seminole war and was a Union Navy base during
the Civil War. Several boats offer snorkeling excursions to this island which is
accessible only by boat. Visitors can snorkel over grass beds and ruins
of two gun batteries from the fort, or enjoy the unspoiled beach.
- There are hundreds
of other small to mid sized islands that are only accessible by boat.
Numerous boat rentals are available throughout the Tampa Bay Florida
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