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Florida's Caladesi Island State Park was named America's most beautiful beach in 2008, but, as this new video illustrates, the island is much more than sun, surf, and red beach umbrellas.
It's a gem among nature preserves, an entire barrier island with coastal dune, mangrove, maritime hammock, and pine flatwood habitats, all teeming with wildlife.
Hot off the University of Tampa Press! The new Caladesi Cookbook
An appetite for regional cooking and a ta560ste for local history will both find satisfaction in this appealing new cookbook. From main courses like “Smoked Fish Pioneer Style” and “Hog Island BBQ Ribs” to sweet treats such as “Sea Foam,” the Caladesi Cookbook offers tempting recipes for seafood, salads, vegetables, breads, and desserts. Read more or order it now.
Welcome to the amazing history of America's best beach!
One of the few remaining natural islands along Florida's Gulf Coast, Caladesi Island has been rated first among America's best beaches. (More...)
Now you can explore captivating Caladesi through the eyes of a born storyteller, the only child ever born on Caladesi Island, Myrtle Scharrer Betz.
Her account of growing up on Caladesi Island is one of the richest portraits available of life in Florida when it really was a natural tropical paradise. Myrtle's tale,Yesteryear I Lived in Paradise, vividly captures the natural wonders, discomforts, challenges, and joys of pioneer life on a barrier island in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. With wisdom, insight, and poetry, Myrtle Scharrer Betz crafts a story that is a national treasure.