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Caladesi is a relatively undeveloped barrier island and Florida State Park located 3/4 mile off the mainland by the city of Dunedin. Its shallow warm waters make a great place to paddle and is only accessible by boat, which helps keep crowds low.

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 Date: 7/10/2009
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 Miles: 11Photos: 15 
(Circumnavigate Caladesi) Dark skies, rain clouds and big waves in the Gulf caused Anne, Pat and I to rethink our Friday morning trip around Honeymoon Island and Three Rooker Bar. Instead we opted for the nearby and safer Caladesi Island. You should see the tree we found!

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 Date: 5/3/2009
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 Miles: 8Photos: 10 
(Dunedin Causeway) I can hardly believe that it has been 1.5 years since my last trip to Caladesi. That's a total shame since this is such a nice island. Arriving on the north beach at 10am I found a saltwater paddler's paradise as evidenced by the many kayaks on shore.

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 Date: 12/9/2007
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 Miles: 6Photos: 10 
Starting mid-morning this past Sunday, a small group of paddlers from Green Wave Forum launched from the Dunedin Causeway and quickly made way across the channel to Caladesi Island. Here is the proverbial Florida - Sun, Sand, Warm Water and Fun!

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 Date: 9/26/2006
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 Miles: 7.5Photos: 1 
Loop around Caladesi Island

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 Date: 7/31/2006
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 Miles: 2Photos: 3 
I took an early morning trip from the Dunedin Causeway to the north end of Caladesi Island. It's always one of my favorite places to go when I'm looking for an easy open water paddle.

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danito on 2/13/2011 2:17pm
Paddled The Caladesi island area today. Just a short trip cause the wife works this afternoon. Low Low tide but had fun and will return with the kids next time.
Unknown on 7/14/2009 9:11pm
Nice report, but did you report the horseshoe crab activity ?

I received this email June 30,2009
Thank you for your email of March 2008 and the photo. My name is Tiffany
Black and I have recently taken over the Horseshoe Crab project. I am
sorry nobody got back to you regarding your sighting. We appreciate
your report and will add it to our growing database which tracks the
presence of Horseshoe Crabs throughout the state. If you have any
additional sightings of crabs, please send information including the
date, location (please include county), number of crabs, whether the
crabs were alive or dead, and whether the crabs were spawning. Your
contribution helps greatly to our project and protection of the species.
Additionally, if you see a live horseshoe crab on its back, we encourage
you to gently flip it over and release it back into the water. A crab on
its back is helpless, much like a turtle and is vulnerable to predators,
such as gulls. Small efforts such as this can result in many crab lives
saved! Thank you for your help.

Better late than never.
paddlesolo on 7/12/2009 4:37pm
Mating Horseshoe Crabs: The smaller crab in the back is the male, he attaches to the female with claspers, (looked like horseshoe crab legs with boxing gloves on the tip) and she pulls him around until the time is right. The female then partially buries herself in the sand and lays thousands of eggs and he, and often other males, provide the sperm. When the eggs hatch, the small crabs go out into the ocean or gulf for about 10 years before coming back into shallow water. Horseshoe crab blood is used for medical purposes and because of this there has been a marked decline in the horseshoe crab population.
Unknown on 5/10/2009 8:58pm
I happy to report I do not have to renounce my "expert" status. Which I would have had I gone for a swim launching from the dock.

"I recalled reading about a way to enter. Put the paddle behind you, lying on the kayak and the dock. Hold on to the paddle, hands behind you. With your weight on your arms, put your legs in the yak. Lower yourself in. Worked like a charm"

Full Tale Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands
ed on 5/8/2009 7:28am
Paddlesolo - Thanks for the kudos.
YakDave - You'll do fine on the dock. Just put your camera on the dock before trying to climb out of the boat, just in case you decide to go swimming.
paddlesolo on 5/7/2009 8:30pm
Wow, I had forgotten what a great photographer Ed is. The first "Caladesi Beach" picture looks like a shot for a tourist brochure inviting everyone to come to Florida Beaches.
Unknown on 5/7/2009 6:13pm
Ed, you're a regular at Caladesi compared to me. My last visit was December 07. I need to go back. I wonder how I'll handle the dock. I'm expanding faster than the national debt and have a less stable, and tighter fitting, kayak than I had 17 months ago.
paddlesolo on 12/10/2007 12:00pm
Love the butterfly picture! Paddlesolo
Unknown on 10/3/2006 8:57am
sorry, no GPS
admin on 10/3/2006 5:56am
DunedinDan,Thanks for the trip report and pic! Looks like you had a great time. Do you have the GPS coordinates for the cut between Caladesi and Clearwater Beach?

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