Slow Down & Unwind in Dundedin
Step back to Old Florida, where sea-oat sheltered islands and an eclectic Main Street offer a taste of the simple life among the bustling Tampa Bay. Days in Dunedin start on the water and end with a dazzling sunset finale, with great food, shopping and strolls in-between. Silence your phone, and instead reach for a pint of local beer to dial back to pure paradise.
Kick back on Caladesi and Honeymoon Islands
Dunedin’s sister islands are a perfect paradise sans high-rises and swimsuit shops. Caladesi Island State Park–accessible only by boat–is one of the last remaining natural islands on the Florida Gulf. It has a way of removing even the most seasoned Floridian’s tourist-trapinduced bitterness by delivering a panorama of natural beauty. Make the journey on your own boat, kayak or a relaxing 15-minute ride on the Caladesi Island Ferry, departing from Honeymoon Island every half hour beginning at 10 a.m. mid-February to mid-September. Sunning, shelling, swimming and fishing are just a few of the activities you’ll find on its banks. Kayakers can even paddle through a dreamy mangrove canopy on a three-mile water trail. Honeymoon Island State Park matches its sister island with sea-oat-framed dunes and sand bars that extend far into the ocean. Fido can even join the idyllic scene in Honeymoon’s dogaccess areas. On both islands, you’ll certainly experience the refreshing back-to-basics attitude that Dunedin is admired for.
Wander… the marina, downtown and craft beer trail
Dunedin reigns as “America’s Most Walkable Town,” named by Walking Magazine, thanks to its charming downtown and glistening marina. Main Street delicately marries the easygoing atmosphere of Old Florida with its Scottish architectural roots. Boutiques, art galleries and antique shops are nestled along the tree-lined roads, with not a bad souvenir shop in sight. Finally, wander to the Dunedin Marina where sailboats and yachts wade in intercoastal waters.
The world-renowned Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail intersects downtown with 40 miles of paved pathways for strolling or sport. It’s not the only famed trail that touches down in Dunedin, however. Tampa Bay is craft-beer country, with 27 independent breweries making up the St. Pete/Clearwater Craft Beer Trail. Beer connoisseurs cannot miss the Dunedin Brewery, which holds a special place on the map as Florida’s oldest microbrewery. Visit the location for live music, food and a $5 tour, complete with a souvenir glass. Roam the trail to three other breweries and tap houses that call Dunedin home: 7venth Sun Brewery, Woodwright Brewing Company and Dunedin House of Beer.
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