Honeymoon Island State Park Pleases Sunbathers, Surfers and Nature Lovers:
Found at the west end of the Dunedin Causeway, pioneers referred to this barrier key as Hog Island. It wasn't until an insightful northern developer built dozens of palm-thatched bungalows especially for newlyweds that the name changed to the more welcoming Honeymoon Island.
With four miles of shoreline, beautiful nature trails and special events, the Honeymoon Island State Park sees more than 900,000 visitors each year. Favorite park activities include:
- Fishing - Catches of flounder, snook, redfish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead, mackerel and tarpon are common, particularly on the south end of the island along Hurricane Pass.
- Kayaking - Rented through a concessionaire, visitors can glide across the tranquil waters of Pelican Cove or St. Joseph Sound.
- Hiking - Strolling along the Osprey Trail through pine and mangrove forests, visitors may see gopher tortoises or catch a glimpse of an osprey's nest.
- Picnicking - The picnic area on the north end of Honeymoon Island features two covered pavilions, picnic tables and barbecue grills as well as a playground.
- Surfing - Surfers generally congregate on the north end of the island as they evaluate the breakers.
- Wildlife Viewing - Home to nesting birds including ospreys and terns, many species of wildlife frequent the island, including roseate spoonbills, snowy egrets and blue herons. Gopher tortoises and armadillos also can be found along the nature trail.
Take U.S. 19 to State Road 586 (Curlew Road) and continue west for five miles. State Road 586 ends at Honeymoon Island State Park.