9. Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

9. Caladesi Island State Park , Dunedin/Clearwater, Florida

Caladesi is reached by pedestrian ferry boat, private boats or a long walk north from Clearwater Beach– the inlet is closed so Caladesi is no longer a true island, but still a great getaway. The white beach composed of crystalline quartz sand which is soft and cushy at the water’s edge, inviting one to take a dip in the sparkling clear waters. There are boardwalk trails, but my favorite is the kayak and canoe trails through the mangroves to see the large blue herons and other birds that frequent this wonderful natural area.