Saturday, May 10, 2008

Caladesi Island Beaches

Caladesi Island State Park has one of the best beaches in the state. The Island has no roads, no cars, no buildings other than a few service buildings for the park rangers, and no one lives on the island. There is no bridge to Caladesi, so the only way to get to it is by boat. This keeps the crowds down to a minimum.

Fortunately for those of us without boats, a ferry to Caladesi leaves regularly from Honeymoon Island State Park, just a 20 minute boat ride from Caladesi.

Chosen by Dr. Beach as the number 2 beach in the nation in 2007, Caladesi has a lot to offer those of us who like to get away from the crowds and commerce and just enjoy a nice quiet beach and see some nature.

The beach on Caladesi is not raked and manicured like most other beaches in the area, so whatever washes up remains for curious beachcombers to sift through in search of shells and other gifts from the sea.

After you've walked the 3 miles of completely undeveloped beaches on the island, and snorkeled in the shallow Gulf waters, you might like to have a look around the island via the loop trail that leads through a beautiful maritime forest of native pines, cabbage palms, oaks, and cedars. There are plenty of birds and wildlife to keep your attention.

I've just added several pages of photos to Why not check them out? I even have a cute video of one of my favorite animals, the armadillo, sniffing around for a grub.

Caladesi beaches
Caladesi Island Nature and Shells
How to get to Caladesi Island

What NOT To Do On the Beach During a Lightning Storm

I was really sad last summer when a lightning strike killed and injured several people on Clearwater Beach. People just don't understand that you just can't hang out on the beach when there is lightning in the area. To illustrate what must be the ultimate foolhardiness, I ask you to watch the following very short video clip of several people weathering a thunderstorm on Caladesi Island under their beach umbrella, a near perfect lightning rod. The video says it all.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

21st Annual Sandsculpting Championship Festival - Ft. Myers Beach

Early last year I attended the 21st Annual Sandsculpting Championship Festival in Fort Myers Beach. I met the video crew from VISITFLORIDA there and we made this little video clip of the event. Check out our interviews with the master sculptors and you'll pick up some tips on building a better sandcastle. Actually the sculptures go WAY beyond sandcastles. You have to see it to believe it.

Here is a higher quality version of the same sandsculpting video.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Blog The Beach - BeachHunter Launches New Blog

Greetings beach lovers! BeachHunter is launching a new blog called Blog The Beach.

New Blog about Florida Beaches
Why a new blog, you ask? Well, I've been having technical problems with Blogger, which is the platform I use for this blog. Sometimes I am unable to post for several weeks at a time. I hope that this will eventually be resolved, but I'm not confident it will be soon.

I have some major blogging projects coming up that will require a blog platform that actually works. So I've switched to WordPress.

Additionally, WordPress has many features that will make it easier to find information via the use of categories and tags, and offers features too numerous to mention here.

Upcoming Beach Trips
What do I have planned? Just to give you a hint, I'll be making some extended beach hunting trips this summer and will be blogging about where I go and what I see and do, as well as posting my photos, and probably some video each day. I'll be covering A LOT of beaches, some of which I haven't been to in a while. I'll make more announcements later in the summer. You won't want to miss it.

I do not intend to completely discontinue this blog, but will gradually, probably over several years, post less to this blog and more to

So if you don't want to miss any beach info, be sure to visit my new blog about Florida Beaches,

Photo of Terns on the Beach

Terns on the beach at Port Canaveral's Jetty Park.