Take a private boat to Caladesi
If you boat up to Caladesi, you will go to the east side of the island, which is sheltered by vegetation and protected from the wind. Overnight docking is permitted but boaters must register to do that at the marina before sundown. You can stay docked on Caladesi for up to 2 weeks, but you must make reservations and payment to the state park for that experience. Docking is inside the island, through the mangrove trees. There is a marina and ranger station there. Note that if you plan to dock your boat for the maximum time, you will also be sleeping on the boat, not on the beach. They are 108 slips at the marina.
Food is good on both islands
Regardless of which island you select, the food at each of the three cafes (two on Honeymoon Island and one on Caladesi Island), is freshly prepared and good! The cheeseburgers are made with high-quality beef and served on a buttered, toasted bun. Sandwiches are also buttered and grilled, even the hotdog bun! All food is made fresh to order. There’s a crispy shrimp basket, chicken nuggets, grilled chicken sandwich, and more. The selection of beverages is impressive, too, and includes a variety of juices, soft drinks, local beers as well as popular favorites. Top your meal off with a chilly ice cream treat from the selection on hand. The menu options are impressive for beach cafes.
Cafe locations are convenient. On Honeymoon Island, you can eat at the Honeymoon Cafe on the north end of the island, or the South Beach Pavilion cafe, which also doubles as a wedding reception spot for the many weddings held at Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon Cafe has covered outdoor dining facing the beach. South Beach Pavilion has views of the beach on one side and is close to parking.
Cafe Caladesi’s cafe has the same menu selection and outstanding views, and is close to the marina.