"The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in
its net of wonder forever."—Jacques Cousteau

April 17, 2011

April 16 – Caladesi Island, FL

Day 41 – Away from the Crowds
Caladesi Island State Park Marina

We reluctantly left Tarpon Springs this morning. We really enjoyed our time here and made a few new friends, but it was time to move on to somewhere new. We didn't go far...it was only 16 miles to Caladesi Island State Park. It's a barrier island across from Dunedin. The only way to get here is by boat. Friends we met in Tarpon Springs came over yesterday, they reserved a spot for us...since it is first come first served and it can get a little crowded on the weekend. It’s a pretty marina and it is fun to be next to people we know.

The park has a beautiful beach, marina, picnic areas and a nice 2.5 mile nature trail. After lunch we enjoyed the beach and later in the afternoon I walked along the nature trail. The park provides a ferry that brings people over for the day. The best part about being here on our own boat...the crowds of people leave at five. Very quiet and peaceful out here after dark.  We had a small party on the dock this evening with four other couples. It was fun to hear ever one else’s stories.

Sponge boat loaded with their harvest
 The channel into Caladesi Island Marina
 The Pearl docked on Caladesi Island
 The beach
 Pictures from the natural trail on the island

1 comment:

  1. How was the Docking??? Brian and I will be speniding 2 nights there in a few weeks! I am sooo excited our first overnights on The White Pelican..please email any tips bout the island