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Get you feet wet on the beaches or just have a nice stroll. There are some short walking tracks around the wetlands.
Honeymoon Island is off course not the original name of this place. In 1830 they put the island on the map as Sand Island. The 1848 Hurricane drove 5 feet of water over the island and in 1880, it seems that a faltering hog farm succeeded in a name change to Hog Island. In 1921, another hurricane split the island, forming Hurricane Pass and Caladesi Island to the south.
The 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 recommissioned 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.
The first known visitors are the men and women of the Tocobaga tribe. By 1530, Spanish explorers had scanned the island's coast. For the next two centuries, pirates, traders and fishermen came and went. And since 1940 it’s a holiday resort.
Updated Apr 4, 2011