Sunday, March 1, 2009

Best Beach in America: Caladesi Island State Park

Shelling at Caladesi Island State Park
Florida is blessed with miles of coastlines. The Gulf coast is lined with many beautiful beaches. In any given year, you can find two in the Clearwater/St Petersburg/Sarasota area ranking in the top ten. Last year, Dr Beach named Caladesi Island State Park in Dunedin/Clearwater to be the number one beach in America. Dr Beach is Dr Stephen Leatherman, Director of Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research.

Caladesi Island State Park can only be reached by boat. You can take a ferry from Honeymoon Island or you can take your own boat. The state park has a marina with electric and water hookups, and you can stay overnight for a small fee.

We visited Caladesi Island one Sunday in May 2006. We were delighted to find a flurry of  activities here. It reminded us of boating in Boston. One enthusiastic boater told us that on July 4th, so many people hang out here that the aluminum docks practically go under the water!

It was entertaining watching the captains dock their boats. One fancy boat had a lady in high heels and she had no clue how to throw a line. A ferry that comes here every half hour, bringing throngs of sun seekers, so the beach was packed all afternoon. But by 6 pm, all was calm. The tourists were gone. Except for a few boaters, the beach and park were pretty much deserted. It was low tide when we took a walk on the beach. Lots of beautiful shells - mostly Florida fighting conchs and turret shells - were waiting for us. On the way back to the marina, we even saw a turtle.

If you love the beach and nature, come and explore the well-kept secret of Caladesi. You won't be disappointed.

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  1. I love the music in your videos! You sure do know how to make it fun!

    Diana Taylor
    Pug At The Beach
    Learning about life from walking the beach.

  2. Hi Eileen,
    The sound for your you tube video is not audible when you spead. I can hear the music but not when you talk.

  3. I'd never seen a live clam either. Thanks for sharing. I also did like the music in the video.

  4. Thank you all for visiting. The music in the video is Surfer's Stomp by The Marketts (1962)