Zenfolio | April L. Gustetter | EAST SIDE & NORTH POINT HOG ISLAND

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Honeymoon Island has a combustion motor exclusion zone located on the bay (east) side of the island. During low tide this area is extremely shallow and the no-motor zone helps save delicate sea grasses.

Also on the bay side, you can see the new nature center that opened in 2007. The center allows visitors to witness firsthand Honeymoon Island's diverse world of natural plant and animal life through a variety of ecotours and exhibits. 

Looking from the Causeway, you can see Grassy Key, and at the tip of Honeymoon Island is North Point Hog Island (Honeymoon Island was originally named Hog Island by the pioneers, but was renamed in 1939 when a New York developer built 50 palm-thatched bungalows for honeymooners). On the way to North Point, you can see dolphin frolicking, pelicans diving, and a whole lotta water to cover, making for quite the workout when the tide is against you and you're paddling into the wind (my return trip took me nearly two hours of steady paddling to get back to my put-in).

Once at the north tip, there are sections of shoreline not laden with oysters where you can get out of your yak and walk (do watch for oysters, though...they'll slice you up in no time). Spotted many moving shells, and would have snapped a shot of one of the inhabitants, but the current pulled my boat away from me and I flopped on my bum into the water. Fortunately, it was quite refreshing – and no one was around to witness my gracefulness ;-).
It was a great day to be in a yakThe new nature center, with colorful kites flying in the background.That's Grassy Key on the horizonMangroves lined the shore on the bay side of Honeymoon IslandGrassy KeyOysters abound...cut my finger on one as I dipped my hand in the clear water...here Sharky SharkyRounding the bendNorth Point Hog IslandA great spot for beachcombingOpen seas during the week (weekends are much more populated)As the tide waned, the sandbars opened for Happy HourSpotted my first Black-bellied Plovers hereOne of many feathered friends along the wayWas a real trick trying to snap the yak breaking waves, but had a good laugh tryingThat's my take-out in the distance...I'd do it again, too ;-)Finally at the shore, I sat in my yak to rest...and was rewarded with great companyI know the feeling ;-)Drove across the street to shower off the salt and spotted this Great Blue taking in the sights