By the Gulf of Mexico waters on the west coast of Florida is a beautiful place known as Honeymoon Isle. The turquoise waters and white sand beach was once home for the Tocobaga tribe. Following the arrival of Spanish explorers in 1530, pirates, traders and fishermen came and went for the next two centuries. During this time, the Tocobaga tribe perished from disease. The island's metamorphosis quickened with the advent of exploration and settlement. By the 1830's it was listed on the map as Sand Island. The Hurricane of 1848 drove five feet of water over it, and the Island's failing hog farm spurred a name change to Hog Island by 1880. In 1921, another hurricane split the island, forming Hurricane Pass and Caladesi Island to the south. Honeymooners got their first glimpse of the Island in the early 1940's through newsreels and magazine ads, which showcased the subtropic paradise, palm-thatched bungalows, and balmy breezes. On the north end of the Island a trail meanders through virgin slash pine trees and palmettos. I love visiting the Island; it is only minutes from my home.
February 21st, 2014
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