Caladesi Island State Park Snorkeling

The 14th most popular snorkel dive spot in Florida Gulf Coast.

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Northwest of Tampa and west of Dunedin, the snorkeling at Caladesi Island State Park is known to be very family-friendly. This remote island has three miles of flat and wide beaches with relatively shallow waters off-shore.

The Caladesi Island State Park is only reached by ferry or by private boat. This island is located directly south of Honeymoon Island, which has a ferry dock.

To reach the snorkeling at Honeymoon Island State Park from Tampa, head south on US275 to Hillsborough Avenue. Head west on Hillsborough Avenue (SR580) to SR586. Veer left on SR586 across the the Dunedin Causeway into the park. The marina and ferry dock are located immediately to the left on the south side of Honeymoon Island. There is daily ferry service provided by Caladesi Island Ferry starting at 10am.

If you have a private boat, head to channel marker #14 located west of the Dunedin Causeway. Then, follow a 212 degree heading for about 1 mile. Next, follow the channel markers into the Caladesi Island State Park Marina.

Since the wind and surf conditions can significantly affect the water clarity, you may need to try snorkeling at several locations within Honeymoon Island State Park to find the optimal dive site. Snorkeling on the Florida Gulf Coast, such as at Caladesi Island State Park, is not known for good visibility. Matter of fact, the snorkeling is known for very low water clarity in the range from 1 foot to 7 feet most of the year.

Overall, Caladesi Island State Park is the 14th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 18 snorkeling dives in Florida Gulf Coast. Several of the better snorkeling spots are nearby Caladesi Island State Park including Egmont Key, Devils Den Spring, Honeymoon Island State Park and USS Narcissus.


Local Contact(s):  Caladesi Island State Park (727) 469-5918; Caladesi Island Ferry (727) 734-1501; Florida Tourism (850) 488-5607.

Recommended Book:  "Snorkeling Florida" from Brad Bertelli

Recommended Map:  "Gulf Coast Recreation Dive Map" from Top Spot

Best Season:  Apr. - May

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Breakfast Restaurant:  None

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Article Source:   Best Caladesi Island State Park Snorkeling Review

GPS:  28.050373, -82.82036

Date Published:  2/25/2014

Date Updated:  11/19/2016

ID:  24621

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