Details for Caladesi Island State Park Marina

Caladesi Island State Park Marina

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 43 reviews

Address 1 Causeway Boulevard
Dunedin, FL 34698


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel

The park does not monitor VHF radio. Call the office on land line at 727-469-5918.


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Boaters over 65 get 50% discount on dockage.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Florida state parks are open from 8 a.m. until sundown 365 days a year. The rangers usually leave with the last ferry around 4:00PM, if you come in after that just check in the next morning.


Follow a compass heading of 212 degrees from the Dunedin Causeway Channel, which runs between Hurricane Pass and the Intercoastal Waterway. There is a brown Park sign affixed to Dunedin Causeway Channel Marker 14 that notes where to head toward Caladesi Island. There is also a Marker 14 on the Intercoastal Waterway, so don't confuse that marker with the one on Dunedin Causeway Channel.

Follow the compass heading of 212 degrees for approximately 1 mile. If you are over 3 foot draft, you may want to follow the ferry boats into marina. At the very least, make sure you approach at high tide and in daylight. Shoal draft vessels will have a much easier time navigating this stretch of water.

As you get closer to Caladesi Island, you will start to see channel markers identifying the approach into Caladesi Island. There is also signage adjacent to the channel makers that indicate an area restricted to power boaters. Just stay to the (narrow) channel, and you will be OK. Once the channel starts to enter the Caladesi Island area, it will continue to snake through an area of mangroves before finally reaching the marina.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 3.5
Transient dockage: 4
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Tidal, if you are over 3 ft draft move only on incoming tide or follow ferry boats.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info: Just grab any open slip and then check in with the rangers if the office is open.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 44
Beam max: 15

Other info: Vessels with larger beams will be placed on a T-head at the end of the floating docks.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 108
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2013-10-10)

Other price info: Plus tax. T-docks are non-reservable and rent for $2.00 per foot, including tax. Seniors are $0.50 per foot. Finger piers are only about 12 feet long, so most boats will need to back in and use spring lines. 5 of the standard slips can be reserved on

Note: If you use reserveamerica to make a reservation, this is for the small docks only. MAXimum 12 foot beam and very short pier. Backing in would be necessary for most large boats. The park itself has large floating docks that fit a 13 foot beam and are about 30 feet long. These docks belong to the park and cannot be reserved on reserveamerica. So if you need a large dock, do not reserve anything at the reserveamerica web site.


Transient: 99
Total: 108
Transient price: $1.00 (2009-12-23)

Other price info: Park Admission Fee:
$6.00 per boat. Limit 8 people per vessel.
$2.00 per kayaker.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Yes

Pricing info: Included in the dockage fees.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - No phone or cable hookups.

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy's, kayak, canoes, and jet skis can dock near the sea wall at the inner docks which have no electrical outlets. Boaters arriving this way must pay the park entrance fees of $2 per person for the day.

Liveaboard info

Yes - You can liveaboard your boat, but there is a fourteen (14) day limit to your stay. There are no lodging or camping facilities on the island.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are permitted on boats staying overnight in the park's marina at Caladesi Island State Park. Pets must be confined, leashed (not to exceed six feet in length) or otherwise under the physical control of a person at all times. Quiet hours must be observed from 10:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m. Pet owners must pick up after their pets and properly dispose of all pet droppings in trash receptacles provided at the beginning of the designated Pet Walk. Florida law requires that pets be vaccinated against rabies. Any pet that is noisy, dangerous, intimidating or destructive will not be allowed to remain in the park. Non-furbearing pets, such as reptiles, birds, or fish must be confined or under the physical control of the owner and remain on the owners boat. Some animals may be prohibited on park property. Failure to abide by these rules may result in the boater being asked to board the pet outside the park or to leave the marina. Pets are not permitted on the park's beach at any time.

Disability access

Yes - ADA accessible restroom facilities and 3 slips are designated handicap accessible with a very low pitch ramp suitable for wheelchairs.

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Bagged ice is sold at Cafe Caladesi, which is directly adjacent to the marina.


No - Certified Clean Marina. Collection and disposal of outdated flares. Boaters are requested to take their trash to the mainland when they leave.


Yes - Cold water only, outside.










Yes - Snack Bar.


No - Beer available at the cafe and limited to that area. Boaters may have alcoholic drinks but are not permitted to take them off the docks.

Hotels or motels

No - Totally undeveloped island.

Repair capabilities

No - Not permitted other than emergencies.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Verizon - 3 bars. ATT - 2-3 bars/4G

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Ferry to Honeymoon Island Statepark is $14 per person round trip.

Other services


The beach and the nature trail. Racoons, armadillos, rattlesnakes, rabbits, turtles and hundreds of birds all protected.

Reviews for Caladesi Island State Park Marina
Upgrades to Dock, 2016-06-27
Captain: , Apollo Beach (161)

Calidise State Park has been upgraded. We had stopped visiting this park several years ago. We found it pricy at $2 per foot considering the amenities available. The money I could get over but they also never accepted reservations making it a chancy choice for Pegasus (44 Manta PwCat) considering we can only fit our 21 foot beam on the three T-heads. Many time we arrived to find runabouts filling up the heads, owners nowhere to be found. Regular sized boats will find dozens of available slips. Reservations are still not accepted but we phoned and the ranger who said 2 heads were currently available so we decided to give it another chance.
First improvement: There are now postings stating that T-heads are reserved for boats 40 feet or longer and they are enforcing this rule. We arrived and to find a ranger asking a sailboat to move to a slip. Second improvement: The power has been upgraded. Still 30 amp plugs only but now the phase is done properly so a 30 amp splitter could be used. Not exactly 60 amps we popped the breaker at 24 but a marked improvement. We can now run the entire boat with a little power management. The price is still $2 a foot but for those that qualify, 65, it runs a buck a foot.
The beach is just a short walk away and it is nice. Not the expanse of Clearwater but also not the crowds. The bugs can be horrendous so bring spray however we are seldom bothered by them on the dock. Often we are the only boat staying the night. Star gazing is great as the island is dark.
The entrance approach is across a tidal flat. You can follow the directions posted on the turning marker but best to run a GPS route from just west of this marker to the outer markers of the entrance channel of the basin and watch your cross track error. Stay straight or stray too far and find the bottom. Controlling depth is found within a 100 feet of the turning market. Makes me wonder sometimes with my 3 foot draft if I'll make it over but I have never hit bottom even at negative tide. I have searched for deeper water but couldn't find any. The bottom is mud so only a danger to the spinning wheel. Once in the marked channel find much deeper water. During most times you can wait at the turning marker and follow one of the ferry catamarans in. They don't draw much but they mostly follow the approach vector. They come and go every half hour. The captains are very helpful.

Fun weekend getaway, 2016-03-16
Captain: , Indian Rocks Beach (296)

Nice marina with plenty of slips in a very protected spot. Rangers are friendly and helpful, but you are on your own for docking. Slips are not reservable, but are available on a first come basis. We hav never had a problem getting one though. The small restaurant on site has great food. No 50amp service, limited t-docks for large boats and no indoor showers are the reasons it doesn't merit a 5 star rating. It can be tricky coming in. Do not deviate from the track or try a short cut because you will get stuck!

Great beach., 2016-03-16
Captain: , Illinois (2432)

This place is a nice change from the usual marina experience. You feel the remoteness without roughing beyond cold land showers.
Enjoy the obvious island hiking trails and the beach. Nice shelling.

Quiet and remote but close., 2016-03-06
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (31)

We followed nave directions and never saw less than 5.5 feet at +1' tide. Like being away from civilization but tied up to a floating dock. Only two other boats there during our three days. Really nice after the tour boats leave about 5:00; great sunsets. In early March, no bugs at all. Good water piped in from Clearwater. No wifi.

Nice park and Marina, 2016-01-11
Captain: , Apollo Beach - Tampa, FL (311)

Stayed at Caladesi for New Year%u2019s 2016. Very nice facility with floating docks, power, water, ice, and clean restrooms. No warm showers. Outdoor cold showers only. Nice beaches and nature trails. Busy park with boaters and the ferry bringing a lot of folks to the island. Was very busy on New Year%u2019s eve with party boaters. Big party on the floating docks. With a draft of 4%u2019-8%u201D bumped going into the marina. Skinny water from marker %u201C14%u201D. Follow the 212 degrees in and 32 degrees out and hit at high tide.

Beautiful Island, 2015-12-28
Captain: , Apollo Beach (470)

Staying a few nights. Its been so warm, still need to batten down at 5pm to keep the biting bugs at bay. Beautiful island, hiking, kayaking, beach combing, and this time of year.... swimming if your from the north! Approach is as stated.

Marina was great but the bugs were not, 2015-12-14
Captain: , High Springs, FL (686)

We stayed here for the Memorial day weekend and it was surprisingly quiet. Out boat has a 14' beam so it was either the T dock or one of the two slips off the concrete floating dock closest to the ferry dock area. The Ranger said most of the slips on the concrete dock are between 14-15' wide. He (Rick) was extremely helpful and lives on the island.

We shortened our stay for two reasons - the no see ums were horrible! (I'm a Florida native growing up on the water in this area and this was the worse that I have ever encountered) and the fact that we constantly had to reset the 30amp service when our A/C tripped it.

Updated 12/13/15 - We have made two more trips in 2015 back to Caladesi. One trip in March and the other trip this December. The bugs are all but gone during these months due to the cooler weather and the winds. I'm not sure if they upgraded the electicity but I did not trip the 30A breaker on either visit despit running 3 A/C units.

very cool place, 2015-08-30
Captain: , St Pete fl (90)

if you drew over 5 feet be very careful going in there. very cool place. it is un tuched florida at its finest

Nature at its best, 2015-01-20
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (220)

Very nice state park facility with a quality marina. Slips are tight for a 35 sailboat w/12' beam. Approach near high tide for draft of 4' or greater. Very low tide this am (-1) and water depth is 3.5' in slip 92. Good 30a power and water included with fee. Mangroves beautiful. Explored by dinghy but kayaks are available. Night was very peaceful and calm in this well protected facility.

Nice State park with floating piers, 2015-01-02
Captain: , Chicago, Racine, Fish Creek,Wi (1900)

Stayed here for New years eve. Nice facility & the beach is very nice with lots of shells. Clean washrooms but no lights at night except at the Ranger station washroom. Outdoor showers only. We had 30 amp only at slip 108. We draft 4' no problems getting in or out of marina leaving at near low tide. Just follow the 212 in or 32 degrees out just west of Marker 14.

Out of the way stop, 2014-12-19
Captain: , Belleville, Ontario (400)

Great place to stop and relax. Very very quiet, not a lot of boaters here this time of year.
Very clean washrooms.
The floating docks are excellent with enough water for our 3'8"draft - we saw ~5 feet at low tide at the docks. The approach instructions are very accurate and we saw ~ 4'5"coming across the bay. The beach is spectacular :)

Nice docks, Great Beach, and Nature Trail, 2014-11-29
Captain: , Hampton, VA (314)

This is a nice state park. While the ferries bring a lot of people during the day, the boaters have the place to themselves at night. You can go to the beach to watch the sun set. The bugs aren't too bad, but it's cooler and a little windy.

An indoor shower would make it ideal.

voted a top 10 beach in USA, 2014-05-01
Captain: , gainesville (80)

Enjoy the natural beach durring the day, clean showers and restrooms. nice ice cold beer and hamburgers availalbe at marina.
call ahead docking available, docks are nice, have availiblity for large boats ,

Great Stop Over, 2014-02-04
Captain: , Everett, Washington (824)

The marina was clean, well maintained and the staff is pleasant and helpful. The walk to the beach is easy and the views and shells are great. In early February and mid-week, the place was very quiet. Dense fog was an issue. Just pay attention to depth and tidal changes.

Not for sail boats!, 2014-01-25
Captain: , Toronto (31)

We were told this marina accomodates 5 foot draft (before Active Captain...) and found ourselves in the mud, listing and 1 foot+ above our waterline in the morning!

Very noisy. Not suitable for those that like quiet. After the rangers leave (5pm) on a week-end this is a noisy party spot (beach chairs all over the docks, music, and flashing lights!).

The beach is nice so it is a shame this is such noisy dockage.

Excellent docking, 2014-01-03
Captain: , New Port Richey (40)

Always seem to be plenty of docking. No see-ums you well feel em. Lots of them

Its Nice , but expected more ., 2013-07-27
Captain: , Montgomery Alabama (1102)

This place came highly , highly recommended . The marina is nice , reasonably priced , and the beach is nice , but it isn't that great . I was a bit let down when we saw it . From everything we heard about it , we expected more .
The mosquitos and raccoons were terrible . When you choose a slip stay as far from the dumpster as you can and bring a case of mosquito repellant . We had a raccoon actually came down on the dock towards our boat , but frightened him off . They can be destructive and you don't want them near your boat or pet
The island is full signs saying what you can't do and where you cannot go .
On our next cruise , we don't plan to stop here again .

no seeums, 2013-07-25
Captain: , tampa (20)

we were on the island three weeks ago, it is awesome, great pier, nice rangers, great beaches. When we were there there was no electricy for some reason and he no seeums started sucking us dry at 7pm wich made it unbarable to stay. Will come back once it gets cooler.

Great State Park, 2013-04-08
Captain: , Palmetto (412)

Caladesi Island is a very good state park with a great beach and good boating accommodations. The floating docks are starting to show some age (some no longer have power, and some patches on the deck are evident), but everything is clean. The park & beach are excellent %u2013 a lot of family fun. There is a dog walk area on the north side of the basin.

Great location, but marina is tight, 2013-02-27
Captain: , Algonac, MI (1659)

Finger diocks are short and fairways are narrow. The beach is incredible!

Vaughan Taylor, 2013-01-27
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (401)

This is the most beautiful island imaginable, with a wonderful set of rangers and volunteers. The nature trail is beautiful and so is the beach. The senior discount only applies to Florida residents over 65, but the marina rates are very reasonable.
This is a very special and must visit place!

reviews are spot on, 2013-01-13
Captain: , Charlestown (946)

Getting here can be a bit of a challenge if you have a deep draft boat. However if you turn to a heading of 212 at Marker 14, which is just west of the Dunedin Causeway bridge and go for about 1 mile you will see the entrance channel to the park. At marker 8 make a sharp right and you are almost there.
I gave this park a three because it has no hot showers. However the beach is great and the park is clean, so if you like basics the place is a close 5 for a state park

Caladesi Island State Park Marina, 2012-12-30
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (30)

Stayed here 25 & 26 December 2012. Great place to visit. If your beam is over 12' need to stay on "D" dock or on "T" heads. Slips 102 & 103 are 14' beam, slip #104 is 13' beam, slip 105 is 14.5' beam, and slips #107 & #108 are 17' beam, slips #97, #98, and #99 are ADA according to marina layout provided at office.

Beautiful spot, 2012-12-12
Captain: , Stuart Florida (280)

Came over by dingy as channel was to shallow for the big boat. Visited our friends who are volunteers at the Park. Beach is amazing and Park facilities are spotless. Excellent floating docks. If you stop by ask for Skip and Carol, just as amazing as the beaches.

My Favorite Marina, 2012-12-10
Captain: , Orlando. Fl (30)

This place is awesome. Fully protected from wind and wakes. Easy access to 1 of the most beauitful beaches in Florida. Once the last ferry leaves, only overnight boaters remain!! Easy to get to. Clean facilities. Floating docks. Hard to beat.

A MUST stop, 2012-12-04
Captain: , Kingman Yacht Center Cataumet, MA (223)

Great facility, pristine island. Once here you could stay forever. Birding, shelling, kayaking and more.

Volunteering is a blast, 2012-11-24
Captain: , Sanford, FL (657)

We have been here since November 6, 2012 and plan to be here into December or beyond, as volunteer marina hosts. We help with projects around the park and cleanup and have access to everything here. The weekends are busy but during the week there are very few boats, and even the ferry crowd is low during the week. The beach is fabulous and natural, it is not raked like at the resorts so there is seaweed and other debris that washes ashore and remains there but the sand is clean and the water is warm, the breeze is nearly always present. The marina is very nice although the sea wall is showing wear in places and the lower corner is quite shallow at low tide. Each berth has water and electric except for the first two docks on A, B, and C docks which are kayak, canoe, dinghy and jet-ski docks. The cafe is open every day the ferry runs and when it doesn't, the beach is ours. We get to meet some very nice people and see some interesting plants and animals, all of which are protected. Shelling and fishing are allowed but the collection of live shells is prohibited. The rangers and volunteer staff are very helpful and informative (and we hope to be also as we learn more).
We really love it here.

Caladesi State Park, 2012-11-19
Captain: , Grand Haven, Mi (2283)

All that was said in previous reviews about Caladesi are accurate; however, not much was said about shelling. We love to shell and found that the beach at Caladesi is one of the best in Western Florida. You can find a large verity of shells that is hard to equal anywhere else in Western Florida. Its best to get on the beach before the ferry with the tourist arrives at 1000. Of course low tide is better shelling than high but at Caladesi anytime is good.

We came in today, Nov. 19, 2012 at half tide and had plenty of water. We draw 4 feet. The park is as nice as always, a good place to spend some time.

caladesi island marina, 2012-04-24
Captain: , tampa florida (10)

wonderful place to stay a night or two and enjoy a quite beach after the feries have finishedfor the day

Old Florida, 2012-03-21
Captain: , Beaumont, TX (669)

Fantastic stop after crossing from carrabelle. We draw 4.5 ft so came in at high tide per rangers recommendations. We are 50 ft so stayed at t dock. Splitter used as only 30 amp power. Tricky entry so call rangers for advise. We followed ferry and another boat in

Caladesi state park marina, 2012-01-15
Captain: , Key Largo (5304)

Excellent new marina, very inexpensive rates, only access by boat. Miles of beaches, nice docks. Water and electric available. Very inexpensive
50 cents a foot for seniors, $1 a foot otherwise.

Great Place to stay, 2012-01-13
Captain: , st petersburg, fl (828)

Stayed here 1/11/12-1/14/12. Had no trouble getting in or out at midtide with a 4' draft. If going through Hurricane Pass, pay attentioon to the markers - many have been moved. Also, don't 'connect the dots' with the markers, you will hit a sand spit. Best to do this in daylight.

Favorite stopover, 2011-11-11
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (639)

We always make Caladesi a stopover for 2 or 3 nights. We love the beautiful beach (top 10 in the US). The rates for Geezers are unbelievably low - we paid $51.00 total for a 34' boat for three nights including electric and water ($.50 per foot). Remote. Nice floating coincrete docks with power and water. Nice hiking trails. Verizon cellphone service is available. Concession is very pricy so stock up on food, snacks, and beverages before you come. Bring your own beach chair and umbrella because the rentals are expensive too. Kayak rentals are available. At low low tide with a strong north wind we were aground in our slip 108. Advise coming in at mid tide rising or high tide.

Very nice State Park, 2011-09-17
Captain: , Dunedin, Florida (122)

The rangers are extremely courteous and helpful and the island is beautiful. Note the showers are outdoor beach type showers.

In the warmer months the bugs can be an issue, we typical go between November and April and there are no bugs.

It's a real nice place to get together with friends with lots of nature friendly activities available.

A very good place to go for a storm as the marina has 360 degree protection.

Our favorite spot on the Gulf Coast, 2011-05-31
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Our return visit in May 2011 was not a disappointment as everything (almost) was as it was two years ago. Channel in is tight except mid or higher tide. We draw 4 ft 2 in and never were close at mid tide.

Great Spot, 2011-05-01
Captain: , St. Petersburg (455)

What a gem of a location we just spent 4 nights and had a great time. The marina is in great shape and has 30amp power and water at each slip. 6 of the slips are available for $24 p/night (up to 40' LOA and a 12' beam) through The remaining 102 slips (some larger) are available for $1 p/ft ($0.50 for over 65) first come first serve. T-docks are $2 p/ft. When we were there last week we had at most 5 other boats in the marina. Once the last ferry leaves at 5:00pm it is like your own private island.

The only downside is that you have to deal with the noseeums after sunset.

The marina is also extremly well protected.

Very nice spot, 2011-02-17
Captain: , Georgia (21)

A little shallow getting in at low tide, but we enjoyed Caladesi Island very much. Nice floating cement docks and a short walk across the island to the beach. In the morning or late afternoon after the ferry service stops you have the beach to yourself.

Wonderful Beach, 2011-01-08
Captain: , Cleveland (2062)

This was a great stop for us. We were the ONLY boat here (other than the volunteer couple's livaboard). The beach is wonderful - lots of shells and great to walk. It is a natural beach so don't look for the beaches of the touristy Florida. Nature trails were also very nice.

No showers (just the outside beach showers) but the trade off was worth it for us. There is also a kayak 'trail' through the mangroves. Sort of getting grown over and a bit difficult to really kayak easily. Canoeing through would be easier.

Floating docks made it easy to tie up for a couple of days. Call the rangers - they were very helpful with depth coming in. Would suggest coming on rising tide to be safe. Dock depth is 4' min.

Great Spot - watch out for No-see-ums, 2010-11-13
Captain: , Jacksonville (74)

Absolutely beautiful, great beach, nice marina. The No-see-ums will drive you nuts around sunset & sunrise. Next time we will anchor off the intercoasta over night and just vist the island during the day to avoid the no-see-ums.

A Hidden Gem!, 2009-12-15
Captain: , Palm Harbor, FL (46)

Caladesi Island State Park Marina includes 110 slips, each of which includes 30amp electrical and water hookup. There is a park fee of $6.00 per vessel. Overnight is $24 for reserved slips, and$1.00 / ft for unreserved slips. Pay at the ranger office next to the restuarant.

This marina is very clean and modern. Some slips accept vessels up to 40' in length.

Nature Park, 2009-09-20
Captain: , Bradenton, Fl (111)

We were one of only four boats in the marina overnight so it was great for a quiet night.The docks are floating and easy to manuever and tie up to. The park is natural with a great Gulf front beach and a 2 mile nature trail, a convienence store and kayak rentals for the mangrove chanels.

Caladesi Island, 2009-02-19
Captain: , Whitehall, Mi (1754)

Well maintained inexpensive marina. The beach is great for shell collecting. Nice trails to walk. The only downside is there is no shopping available.

Review from foot, 2007-05-29
Captain: , Treasure Island, FL (375)

Great marina. 91 slips. Single 30 amp power only. $20 for overnight, $4 for day use. Situated in Caladesi State park. Very few facilities. 4' MLW depth getting in but marina has 4-7 feet once inside.

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