Even beaches need a beauty makeover now and then, and Honeymoon Island State Park is nearly finished with a beach renourishment project that has been 13-years-in-the-making. Get some new sand between your toes next time you visit Beso Del Sol Resort.
One of the things that makes Honeymoon Island a favorite destination is that even though the beach attracts crowds, you can still find beauty, solitude and nature. The island is an unusual combination of an accessible beach with lots of parking, first-rate concessions and facilities, and a natural beach with extensive areas full of wildlife.
Now, that spectacular beach will be even better. A re-engineered beach space and new sand will help keep sand on the island and reduce storm damage to the beach.
The 385-acre park has three distinct beaches plus 2.5 miles of hiking trails through pine flatwoods. Another area favorite, Caladesi Island State Park, is just across Hurricane Pass from Honeymoon Island.
If the beach gets too hot, a peninsula jutting into St. Joseph Sound is filled with pinelands and wildlife. Two trails totaling 2.5 miles loop through the area, which is home to more than 50 pair of osprey and their nests. Occasionally, an American bald eagle nests here and great horned owls are frequent spring nesters.
You can even enjoy a bite to eat at Café Honeymoon, which serves meals 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as beer and wine. Try the pancake breakfast Saturday and Sunday mornings.
Next time you’re visiting Beso Del Sol Resort, make a trip to Honeymoon Island and enjoy the peace, the nature, and most of all, the beach.
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