Located off the coast of Dunedin, Florida, Honeymoon Island is home to Honeymoon Island State Park. It attracts more than 700,000 visitors each year and is a welcome respite from the congestion of Pinellas County. The island has slightly more than 3.5 miles of white sandy beaches facing the Gulf of Mexico.
This undeveloped barrier island also has a pine forest with nature trails and plenty of mangrove-lined shore on the bay side of the island with extensive shallow grass flats that are off-limits to motor boats. Honeymoon Island is separated from Caladesi Island by Hurricane Pass, which was created by the great hurricane of 1921, the last truly devastating hurricane to hit this area of the state.
Unlike most beaches on the southwest coast of Florida, Honeymoon Island does offer a section of beach where you can take your dog, which must remain on a leash. However, getting to the dog beach requires an 850 foot hike on a sandy trail, and there is no real shade. It is also a considerable distance from the restrooms. Nevertheless, it is still very popular with dog owners.
Honeymoon Island is a perfect place to enjoy a kayak trip, especially since it is so close to Caladesi Island. Birding, shelling, fishing, hiking, biking, beaching, strolling: it's all here on Honeymoon Island.
There is an excellent nature center with an observation deck overlooking the tidal flats where birdwatching is excellent. The Honeymoon Cafe and the South Beach Pavilion both offer food and drink overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. The wedding and reception facilities are excellent.
Shelling is excellent on Honeymoon Island, though not as good as on Sanibel Island. If you look on a map you'll see that Honeymoon Island is shaped somewhat like Sanibel in that it curves out into the Gulf and has quite a bit of beach facing the southwest. This seems to be a good combination for bringing in the shells.
Honeymoon Island State Park has excellent facilities for beach weddings and receptions. I see weddings there frequently.
Accommodations: There are no accommodations on Honeymoon Island, but you'll find a number of smaller hotels in nearby Dunedin, which has a small-scale quaint downtown. None of the Dunedin hotels are on a beach. You can also stay on Clearwater Beach which isn't far away and has plenty of hotels of all kinds.