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If you go: Caladesi Island State Park Beach

January 26, 2009

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Ranked No. 1 by Dr. Beach in 2008, it features a tranquil 3 miles of sugary pure white sand.

Near: Dunedin and Clearwater.

Getting there: Take the causeway from Dunedin to Honeymoon Island State Park (entry $5), then follow signs to the ferry ($10 adults, $6 for children ages 4-12). Ferry runs 10 a.m. to about 4:30 p.m. in winter; there are longer hours in summer. Call for times of last ferry to the island (727-734-1501) because it changes depending on time of the year.

Nearby lodging: Holiday Inn Express, Dunedin. www.holidayinn.com.

More: www.floridastateparks.org, 727-469-5918.