Pinellas County Beaches - Honeymoon Island State Park
If you're a northerner looking for a sandy, sunny Florida beach, Honeymoon
Island probably isn't exactly what you have in mind. There is some
sand here: a stretch of "natural" beach (meaning, they don't clean the
seaweed) with a nice sandbar. But wander away from the main beach,
and much of the coastline is rocky.
Honeymoon Island's biggest asset is its unspoiled nature areas. Trees and brush still grow wild on the northern
of the island. Nature trails cut through the virgin slash pines (one of
the few remaining untouched slash pine forests in Florida).
As you walk the dirt and sand trails (or bike them),
you'll spot osprey nests high in the trees, and gopher tortoises on the
When you reach the northern end of the island, you'll
find your own private patch of Gulf coastline, where tall grasses run to
the water's edge.
After your walk, relax on one of the park's porch swings. You'll find
several near the parking areas. There's also a snack bar, where you can
buy lunch, and rent a kayak or a beach chair.
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