About Honeymoon Island
"Turquoise Waters and White Sand Beach"
The men and women of the Tocobaga tribe were its first recorded visitors. By 1530, Spanish explorers had scanned the island's coast. For the next two centuries, pirates, traders and fishermen came and went. The Tocobagans, wiped out by foreign diseases, stayed. Their bones reside in the low-lying mounds on the adjacent islands. With the advent of exploration and settlement, the island's metamorphosis quickened. By the 1830's, it was finally on the map as Sand Island. The Hurricane of '48 drove five feet of water over it, and a faltering hog farm was at least successful enough for a name change to Hog Island by 1880. In 1921, another hurricane split the island, forming Hurricane Pass and Caladesi Island to the south.
Americans got their first glimpse of Honeymoon Island in the early 1940's through newsreels and magazine ads which promised undiscovered pleasures for newlyweds. The palm-thatched bungalows, or cottages, subtropic climate and balmy breezes seemed perfect. It was until Pearl Harbor. America went to war, factories operated around the clock. A New Yorker who had purchased the island in 1939 for $30,000 saw his vacation paradise re commissioned as an R&R site for exhausted workers.
By the 1950's, man was a major competitor in the reshaping of what was now Honeymoon Island. A causeway bridged the gap between Honeymoon and the mainland by 1964, and the island passed through the hands of several development corporations.
Visitors can observe one of the few remaining south Florida virgin slash pine stands along the island's northern loop trail. These large trees serve as important nesting sites for the osprey.
Other important coastal plant communities found on and around the island include mangrove swamps, seagrass beds, salt marshes, tidal flats, and sand dunes. Honeymoon Island has more than 208 species of plants and a variety of shore birds, including several threatened and endangered species. Resource management efforts include the removal of exotic species of plants such as Brazilian pepper. Ecological burning keeps accumulated fuels to a minimum and helps reduce exotic plant life while preserving fire-tolerant native species.
Café Honeymoon and our new South Beach Pavilion are located inside Honeymoon Island State Park features casual style beach fare.
Our menu includes: Fish and Chips, Best Island Burger, and Fruit Smoothies. Relax and enjoy the view of the Gulf of Mexico and pristine beach from our patio deck with a cold beer.
Café Honeymoon and our South Beach Pavilion also offers an array of gifts, souvenirs, and beach accessories! Looking to relax Café Honeymoon and the South Beach Pavilion offers Beach Chairs and Umbrellas and for the adventurous, Ocean Kayaks are available for rental.
Planning a special Party let our new South Beach Pavilion cater your event. Specializing in Island Parties, Sunset Beach Weddings and Casual get-togethers.