Caladesi Island was named America's #1 Beach in 2008
Caladesi Island was named America's #1 Beach in 2008

A beach with blue umbrellas next to the water.

Lay of the Land: One of the few pristine barrier islands along Florida's Gulf Coast, this---the #1 Beach in the U.S.---is accessible only by boat. While on the ferry from Honeymoon Island you can spot dolphins and osprey while learning about the history of the area. The island features abundant wildlife, a ranger station, boat docks, beach and kayak rentals, mangrove kayak trails and even a concession stand offering beer and wine. Little Known Facts: Caladesi was once part of one large island called Hog Island after the hogs that a pioneer family raised there. A book about the key, "Yesteryear, I lived in Paradise," by Myrtle Scharrer Betz, daughter of the first homesteader, is available on Why You Should Go: Caladesi Island was named America's #1 Beach in 2008, #2 Beach in 2006 and 2007 and #9 in 2016 by Dr. Beach. Do you need any other reason?


  • Beaches
  • Water Sports & Outdoor Recreation
  • Nature Tours
  • Tours & Sightseeing
  • Parks & Trails

accessible features

  • Accessible parking
  • Wheelchair lift or ramp

beach within 1mi of beachfront

  • Caladesi Island


  • Senior Citizen Discount

general information

  • Accessible by boat
  • Family-friendly
  • Hours Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset daily


  • Beach Access
  • Beachfront

marina details

  • Number of Slips 108
  • Overnight Docking

on site facilities services

  • Boat Ramp
  • Picnic Area
  • Restaurant
  • Showers

park activities

  • Boat Access
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking & Canoeing

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