Is it possible to fall in love with a beach one weekend and then another beach the next? Sure is. Not long after visiting Ft. DeSoto, we traveled to another breathtaking Florida State Park: Caladesi Island. Off the coast of Dunedin, FL, this park is accessed only by marine vessel. Packing up our nephew C. and a picnic cooler bursting with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, we waited excitedly for the ferry here:
It was only a few minutes ride, listening to our state park guide. We liked him because he was full of Florida facts, had a cheesy sense of humor, and pointed out the dolphins to our untrained eye.
Once on the island, we snorkeled, swam, and watched in awe as the seagulls swooped in on the schools of fish like this one:
Just before taking the return ferry, we made a new friend: the Gopher tortoise, a protected species that inhabits the island. This one was a bit camera shy.
Don't make us choose between Ft. DeSoto and Caladesi Island. If we had to pick a favorite beach...well...it's the one we have yet to explore.