Honeymoon Island State Park is a state park located on Honeymoon Island, one mile west of Cape Coral in northwestern Florida. It also features the historic Seagrape Inn, which was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Honeymoon Island Seagrape Inn-Cape Coral Historical District in 2017.
Honeymoon Island’s campground provides space for up to 100 people in 40 campsites. Each site comes equipped with water, electric and cable hookups and access to two bathhouses, restrooms and showers. Half of the sites are pet friendly. There is a separate area for youth groups between the ages of 13 and 17, where they can register as well as enjoy their sites. Campers may use the bathhouse and dump station during their stay. Two primitive (no electricity or running water) sites are available by reservation only.
To help fund a backlog of deferred maintenance and park improvements, the state implemented an entrance fee for this park. The fees, charged per vehicle, start at $10 per day for a single-day or $8 for residents with an active pass holder license plate or permit. Fees are waived for honorably discharged veterans and Florida residents age 62 & older and their spouses. Passes good for three days or a week are also available; annual passes good at all 22 state parks charging fees are offered at a cost of $75 for out-of-state visitors or $60 for Florida residents.
Honeymoon Island got its name from the honeymoon ship, the Isabella, which carried newlyweds across the Gulf of Mexico to South Florida in 1873. In 1925, the city of Fort Myers bought 3,400 acres of beachfront property with plans to create a new seacoast resort town. However, the Great Depression hit hard and the plan fell through. After World War II veterans began returning home, they needed places to stay, eat, and have fun. A group of businessmen took advantage of this opportunity and established the Village of Seagraves, named after the family that owned it. They built an inn, shops, restaurants, parks and other attractions. The village lasted until 1960 when Hurricane Dora destroyed most of it. The state acquired 1,000 acres of land, known at the time as Honeymoon Island Beach, in 1963. It became a state park in 1966.
The park has many amenities for various activities, including:
- boat tours
- wildlife viewing