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Place Category: State Parks
Honeymoon Island State Park is located at #1 Causeway Boulevard in Dunedin. Dogs are allowed in designated areas of the Park, such as the picnic area, the pet beach on the southern tip of the island and on the nature trail. Pets must be on a 6-foot hand-held leash at all times.
Direction: Take the Dunedin Causeway/Curlew Road/Route 586 to the Honeymoon Island State Park entrance. One of our readers said Curlew Road dead ends at the park, then just follow the signs for the dog beach. They pointed out Palm Harbor is right next to Dunedin, but technically, this park is in Dunedin.
The entry fee for the park is $8 per car. You have to pay this fee to access any areas of the park, including the "dog beach." Dogs are not allowed on the ferry to Caladesi Island because dogs are not allowed on the island.
Web Mistress Note: The dog park area has trash cans, a couple of benches and poop bag dispenser and there are phones, picnic tables, water facilities and restrooms around the rest of the island. This is a popular spot, often crowded, but dogs and their guardians are usually well-behaved.
"When we were there it was not at all crowded. Dogs must be on leashes, but they can swim there. They're also allowed on the nature trails. The only thing we were disappointed to see was that a lot of people were not 'scooping' along the pathway leading to the dog beach, that was a shame, but the beach was lovely.
"The island is quite large, so there is a lot of room and there are numerous stations with restrooms, changing facilities. There is one that has a cafe and gift shop also. Shelling is good there, and just before sunset, we watched five dolphins playing offshore, right in front of where a guy was fishing! Although there are facilities, it is large enough that there is plenty of undeveloped area and nature trails, etc. We thought it was quite enjoyable; we didn't want a place that was just a little fenced in area, to us that is no fun for our [dog]. There is also a ferry to Caladesi Island there, which is really nice, but unfortunately, you cannot take pets on the ferry. One other note is that there is not really any cover there, except for the facilities, so most people [should] bring umbrellas or such if they're planning to stay long."