This is the ultimate guide to Caladesi Island! It contains everything you need to know + answers to all of your questions about visiting the island + information on how to walk to Caladesi Island State Park from Clearwater Beach!
Caladesi Island is one of the Gulf Coast’s last uninhabited islands in the Tampa Bay area. This isolated island features 4 miles of pristine white sandy beaches, a 3-mile mangrove-shaded kayak trail, and a peaceful nature path. Caladesi Island truly is an island paradise!
I’ve lived in Florida for 30 years and I just recently got to visit Caladesi Island State Park for the first time. I wish I had found it sooner! My family always visited Clearwater Beach because it’s ranked as Florida’s #1 beach. However, Caladesi is just as beautiful as Clearwater Beach with the extra perks of having fewer people and the beauty of an untouched island.
My husband and I kicked off the summer by visiting Caladesi Island and we had a wonderful time! We explored the entire island, went shelling, swam and snorkeled in the crystal clear water, and we even got the surprise of a lifetime when two beautiful dolphins swam right by us! Although it takes a bit more effort to get to Caladesi Island, I think it’s 100% worth the trek.