Honeymoon Island

Dunedin, Florida 34697

Honeymoon Island

Honeymoon Island Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Here is a wonderful barrier island trip with a good chance to see dolphins. The route reveals the classic nature of a barrier island, with its constantly changing sand beach spits and bars on the exposed side, and gradually accumulated silt and growth of vegetation on the sheltered side. It offers the opportunity to land and explore both the shell/coral beach to the west and the stands of Florida slash pine with its associated bird life on the east side.

A 3-mile nature trail offers great opportunities to watch the numerous ospreys, and even bald eagles, in addition to woodpeckers, armadillos, and snakes. Here is one of the remaining few stands of virgin South Florida slash pine. Sheltered shallow water creates an ideal feeding ground for a variety of wading and shorebirds."

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Trail Information

Dunedin
Nearby City
7.5-13.5 miles
Distance
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
4-7 hours
Duration
This is best paddled on a rising tide timed for mid- to high water along the eastern side of the island; deeper water can make for a more pleasant experience. The tide will run through Hurricane Pass and around the north of the island, incoming on a rising tide and outgoing on a falling tide. These passes are safest on an incoming tide.
Tidal Information
Hurricane Pass is the entrance to the large body of water behind Caladesi Island that fills and drains through this gap with each tide. Expect a current in the vicinity of the pass, strongest in the pass itself. Any onshore wind against an outgoing tide can produce chaotic conditions with waves and currents. Hug the Honeymoon Island shore as far as the sand spit at the pass, then land if you still need to check the conditions ahead. Carry over the spit to avoid the pass.
Hazards/Cautions
Topo maps, USGS quads, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs
Local Maps