Island & Eco Adventures
Sand Key Park & Preserve
The beautiful Sand Key Park is conveniently located directly adjacent to Sheraton Sand Key. This 95 acre preserve is home to several unique plants and animals that are indigenous to Florida’s barrier islands. Make sure to see them all by taking a stroll on the nature trail! The park also has docks for fishing and a stretch of beautiful beach perfect for swimming, collecting shells, or renting a kayak.
Clearwater Community Sailing Center
Whether you’re a first time sailor or a nautical expert, you will enjoy a day on the water at Clearwater Sailing Center. Recently becoming the official training facility for the US Olympic Sailing Team Sperry Top-Sider, the facilities are located directly across from Sheraton Sand Key Resort. Clearwater Sailing Center features daily rental rates on stand up paddle boards and several of its boats. Never sailed before? Why not have a lesson, with affordable lesson options it’s sure to be fun for the whole family.
Join Capt. Rod, an experienced local diver and fisherman intimately familiar with all the hot dive spots, aboard his boat “Plunger VII”. He has all the latest electronics and GPS to find the sites and a 350hp turbo diesel to zip you to them. All equipment, tanks, wetsuits, oxygen and safety gear available for rental.
The pioneers called it Hog Island, but it became Honeymoon Isle in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm – thatched bungalows for honeymooners. The park boasts several nature trails and bird observation areas. Visitors can swim, fish, and snorkel in the warm waters of the Gulf or picnic while they enjoy the beautiful scenery. Shelling is particularly good here, as the Gulf currents deposit an incredible variety of seashells on the shore. Showers are available and the park’s concession has a gift shop and snack bar.
Caladesi Island, one of the few completely natural islands along Florida’s Gulf Coast, has been rated as the nation’s best beach. It’s no wonder, as Caladesi’s beautiful white sand shores are perfect for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. Accessible only by boat or ferry, this pristine beach has something for everyone. Caladesi features two three mile trails, one a trek through the island’s interior and the other a kayak path through the mangroves and bay. Saltwater anglers can throw a line out into the surf or fish from their boats. A marina with electric water hookups is accessible to boaters. Picnic tables and shelters are located near the beach, and pavilions can be reserved for a fee. Visitors can purchase food and souvenirs from the snack bar and gift shop.