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Walk to Caladesi Island State Park

Walk to Caladesi Island State Park

One of the reasons I love staying on the North Beach side of Clearwater Beach, Florida is that it makes it easier to walk to Caladesi Island State Park. Caladesi Island State Park is one of the completely natural islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast. The pristine Gulf Coast island is filled with mangroves, peaceful hiking trails and quiet, soft, white beaches with palm trees even touching the calm waves of the ocean.

There are only two ways to get to Caladesi Island. You can take a 20-minute ferry ride from Honeymoon Island or you can walk to Caladesi Island from Clearwater Beach, Florida!

Yes, you can walk from Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island. The two islands weren’t always connected, but they are now. The islands used to be separated by Dunedin Pass. In the 1980’s sand began to accumulate, narrowing the pass. Then in 1985, Hurricane Elena rolled up the Gulf Coast of Florida, sealing the pass completely. With Dunedin Pass sealed, Clearwater Beach and Caladesi Island became connected, making it possible to walk from Clearwater Beach to Caladesi Island.

The walk to Caladesi Island State Park from Clearwater Beach is beautiful, but it isn’t a short walk. Before setting out to walk from Clearwater to Caladesi Island, you should pack a small bag with water and a snack. If you’re staying on the North Side of Clearwater Beach (at or near Surfside Condominiums or the Villas of Clearwater Beach) the walk to Caladesi Island State Park is ~2.2 miles. That’s just the “entrance” of Caladesi Island State Park. I say “entrance” because it is only marked with a sign on the beach.

Caladesi Island State Park has public bathrooms and a small snack bar available towards the middle of the island. That area of Caladesi Island is just over a 3-mile walk. While the public bathrooms are always open, the snack bar may not be, so be sure to pack some water.

One one of my favorite things about Caladesi Island is to walk to the end of the beach on the north side of the island. It is an incredibly beautiful and peaceful area. With all of Caladesi and Clearwater Beach behind you, you can sit in the soft sand and watch boats travel in and out of Hurricane Pass, the pass separating Caladesi Island and Honeymoon Island. With Caladesi Island being so narrow, you can easily tell you’re sitting on the furthest north part of the island. The beautiful view will leave you with a strong sense of accomplishment since it’s a far walk, and you can’t walk any further. From the North Beach area of Clearwater Beach, it’s a ~4.5-mile walk to get there.

Tips for the Walk to Caladesi Island State Park

  • Pack some water and a snack.
  • Bring some sunscreen so you can reapply while you’re on the beach hike.
  • Check the weather before you go and avoid any pop-up rain showers.
  • Start the walk as it is transitioning from high tide to low tide. That way you’ll be able to make it there and back before it’s high tide. (I made this mistake once. Part of the walk on Caladesi Island involves walking past some plants that are touched by some of the ocean waves even during low tide. Hit this area during high tide and instead of a cool wave washing across your toes, you may be knee deep. This short part can be avoided by following a trail that leaves the beach, but the trail can hold water after rains as well.)

Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities

Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities

We all dream of relaxing on the beach, feeling the soft sand between our toes and the warm sun on our skin… but that’s not every day at the beach. Sometimes it rains. I love sitting on the balcony, drink in hand, watching the rain. During a light rain, it’s relaxing. During a thunderstorm, it can be beautiful. But for kids, it’s often a boring day, stuck inside wishing to be on the beach. Instead of playing in the sand, you’re just stuck staring at it. If your kids are needing a place to go (or if you’re still a kid at heart and need a place to go yourself) here are some fun Clearwater Beach rainy day activities.

My Favorite Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities

Clearwater Marine Aquarium

The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a must-do for the whole family! It’s not your typical aquarium. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is a marine life rescue center focused on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick or injured marine animals. While visiting the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, you’ll get a chance to meet Winter the dolphin, star and inspiration of the hit movies Dolphin Tale and Dolphin Tale 2, both filmed on location.

Tampa Bay Escape Room

The Tampa Bay Escape Room, located in downtown Clearwater, is a real-life escape room game! Perfect for video game enthusiasts, families and friends, you’ll race the clock to find clues, solve puzzles and crack codes that will allow you to the exit the room! Will you be able to beat the clock? The Tampa Bay Escape Room comes with three different escape rooms: Tragic Magic, Kidnapped and Cabin in the Woods.

Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI)

The Museum of Science & Industry, located in Tampa, is a great place for all day fun! The museum has exhibits on weather, dinosaurs, space, flight, natural disasters, human development life stages, an IMAX Dome Theater and the Saunders Planetarium. If the weather clears up while you’re at the museum, there’s also an outdoor ropes course and zip line!

AirHeads Trampoline Arena

If the rain has you trapped inside and your kids are full of energy, take them to AirHeads Trampoline Arena! AirHeads Trampoline Arena is a full, indoor, trampoline park making it a great place to escape the rain. Just jump around and have fun, play some AirSports like dodgeball or basketball, or have fun playing some arcade games!

Vertical Ventures – St. Pete

Vertical Ventures, located in St. Pete, is a State-of-the-art indoor climbing area! The 20,000 square foot facility features 40-foot tall routes with 80+ climbing lines. Whether you’re climbing for the first time, or if you’re a seasoned pro, you’ll find a safe but challenging, climbing area that fits your level.


These Clearwater Beach Rainy Day Activities will keep you moving and entertained during those cloudy and rainy days. I hope the sun comes out soon so you’ll back on the beach and won’t miss another beautiful Clearwater Beach sunset! If you’re looking for more fun things to do in Clearwater, check out: Clearwater Beach Family Activities.

Clearwater Beach Happy Hour

Mojito - Clearwater Beach Happy Hour

Clearwater Beach is a wonderful place for a fun and relaxing vacation. Whether you’re visiting Clearwater Beach for spring break or for a fun family vacation, you may be looking for the perfect place to grab a quick and delicious bite to eat and a cold drink. My favorite place to have a drink is on the balcony of one of the Clearwater Beach Vacation Rentals. While you can’t beat the gorgeous views from those beach front balconies, you will have to make your own snacks and cold drinks. So if you’re looking for someone else to make a drink for you, head to a nearby Clearwater Beach Happy Hour!

Clearwater Beach Happy Hour Restaurants

Beach Fire Beach Bar & Grille
608 Mandalay Bay, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 408-5200

  • Monday: Happy Hour 12pm-7pm – discounted domestic drafts & bottles, well drinks & house wine! $6.99 Cheeseburger & fries!
  • Tuesday: Happy Hour 12pm-7pm – discounted domestic drafts & bottles, well drinks & house wine! All day on Tuesdays – $1.50 Tacos: Shredded Beef, Grilled Chicken or Pulled Pork; $2.50 Grilled Mahi Mahi!
  • Wednesday: Happy Hour 12pm-7pm – discounted domestic drafts & bottles, well drinks & house wine! $6.99 Mahi sandwich! WING WEDNESDAY: Whatever the temperature is on Clearwater Beach…that’s the price of our house Jerk Wing!
  • Thursday: Happy Hour 12pm-7pm – discounted domestic drafts & bottles, well drinks & house wine! $6.99 Roasted Pit Turkey sandwich!
  • Friday: Happy Hour 12pm-7pm – discounted domestic drafts & bottles, well drinks & house wine! Open Pit Beef sandwich & fries… just $8.99 all day!
  • Saturday: FREE draft w/ any Burger all day! One Pound Jerk Wings & pitcher $17.50 all day! $5 Deep Eddy Tin Cups: Iced Tea, Lemonade, Ruby Grapefruit all day!
  • Sunday: Get the party started with Bottomless Mimosas 11am-2pm! $8 Pitchers from 2pm-7pm! $5 Jumbie Punch All day! Jumbie Rum is an exotic rum from the Beautiful island of St Maarten.

Palm Pavilion Beachside Grill & Bar
10 Bay Esplanade, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 446-2642

Happy Hour: Monday – Friday 4pm-7pm!

“There’s no place like this place, anywhere near this place, so this must be the place!” Proud winner of: #1 Best Beach Bar, #2 Best Sunset Spot and #3 Best Grouper in the St. Pete/Clearwater area!

Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
7 Rockaway Street, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 446-4844

Happy Hour: Monday through Friday, 4pm-7pm! $1.50 domestic draft beers, $1.75 imported draft beers, $5/$6 pitchers of beer and $2.75 well drinks.

Clear Sky Beachside Cafe
490 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 442-4684

Happy Hour: 3pm-6:30pm with specials on pizzas, bruschettas and flatbreads!

Famous Bloody Mary Bar Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays until 1:00pm!

Cooters Restaurant & Bar
423 Poinsettia Ave, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 462-2668

Happy Hour: 3pm – 6pm.
Monday – Friday: $0.50 wings, shrimp and oyster. $0.99 Bud Light and Miller Lite.
Saturday & Sunday: $50 wings, shrimp, oysters. $1.50 draft beers.

Island Way Grill
20 Island Way, Clearater, Florida – (727) 461-6617

Happy Hour: 3pm-5:30pm every day! $2 domestic beers. $3 imported beers, well cocktails and glasses of wine. $4 martinis, manhattans and glasses of sangria!

Voted Clearwater’s #1 Sunday Brunch! Every Sunday from 10am-1:30pm!

Crabby’s Dockside
37 Causeway Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 210-1313

Happy Hour: 3pm-6pm every day! 1/2 off wine, well drinks and draft beers!

Salty’s Island Bar & Grille
437 S. Gulfview Blvd, Clearwater Beach, Florida – (727) 216-8085

Happy Hour: 8:30am – 8pm and 10pm – close every day!


Where’s your favorite Clearwater Beach Happy Hour?