Visit delightful Dunedin-Florida for great sunsets and more

Delightful Dunedin-Florida is a small town where the great sunsets aren’t the only things to enjoy. Dunedin-Florida is a fun weekend getaway for shopping, fishing, sail boating, and great restaurants.

Dunedin is conveniently located about ten miles south of Tarpon Springs and Palm Harbor. Lake Tarpon, for the fresh water enthusiast, is just eight miles north east of Dunedin.

Downtown Clearwater and Clearwater Beach are just six miles south on Edgewater Drive. Edgewater Drive is aptly named because for a distance south of Dunedin, the drive is at water’s edge with an open view of the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico.

But you don’t have to leave Dunedin for easy access to great beaches and salt water fishing. Dunedin offers great beaches at Dunedin Causeway, Honeymoon Island, and Caladesi Island State Park. Caladesi is a short ferry trip from the causeway and well worth the trip. Both are State Parks and perfect spots to swim, sunbathe and collect sea shells. Fishing from shore or by boat is readily available. Sail boat and other water craft rentals are also available.

The Pinellas trail cuts through the center of town and crosses Main Street past the old rail road station (now a museum). This “rails to trails” Florida trail runs for about 39 miles from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg. Walkers, Runners, and bike riders give it high marks for its smooth, well maintained surface. It has lots of stopping points of interest along the way and is never more than a couple of miles from the beach.

During our visits to Dunedin, we typically stay at the Holiday Inn Express located just a five-minute walk on Broadway to Main Street, which features some great shopping in a variety of shops and art galleries. The Holiday Inn Express is also a short walk to the Dunedin Marina and the Bon Appetit restaurant. Or for you baseball fans, the Dunedin Stadium featuring the Toronto Blue Jays, is an easy walk.

The Beso Del Sol Resort and the Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn are two other very good options for weekend stays in Dunedin-Florida. Both are conveniently located near Main Street Dunedin, the Dunedin Causeway, and Honeymoon Island.

The Beso Del Sol is a very nice Dunedin condominium resort. It offers two heated waterfront swimming pools, Marker 8 Tiki Bar, hot tub, bike rental, fitness room and a boat dock on the Gulf of Mexico.

The Best Western Yacht Harbor Inn is located on Main Street adjacent to Bon Appetit and across the street from the Dunedin Marina. It is a waterfront hotel with balconies and patios plus great views of the Gulf of Mexico and the Inter-coastal Waterway.

Kelly’s is our favorite restaurant for breakfast and lunch. It is conveniently located at 319 Main Street. We walk from the Holiday Inn to Kelly’s to have a great leisurely breakfast. After breakfast we browse some of the shops on Main Street and Trail Side Lane. Lunch is either at Kelly’s or another favorite, Sea Sea Riders located at 224 Main Street. At Sea Sea Riders the chili is very good and the Mahi bites are great. However, my favorite is the open face grouper sandwich.

After lunch, if my wife is finished shopping, we board the Jolley Trolley for a trip to the Dunedin Causeway or to the Sponge Docks in Tarpon Springs. The Jolley Trolley is an open trolley on wheels. It runs hourly from Tarpon Springs to Clearwater. Fees are reasonable and it beats driving. At this writing an all-day pass is $4.50 or $2.25 for seniors.

For dinner, we like the Bon Appetit Restaurant. Located at 150 Marina Plaza, this landmark Dunedin Restaurant offers casual waterfront dining in a sophisticated setting. It offers stunning waterfront views of St. Joseph Sound and Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands. Under the same management for 30 plus years, Bon Appetit has been recognized for their cuisine since the 1970’s. Their Terrace Café is less formal and has the same spectacular view and menu and also offers a special a la carte Sunday Brunch outdoors.

Dunedin-Florida has been one of our favorite week-end getaways for several years. It offers the retired person a chance to relax and relive memories of another time. Yet it has amenities for the young, which obviously include the many water activities, sports events, golf, and for those so inclined a night life. Dunedin-Florida is a great little town whose citizens go out of their way to make you feel welcome.

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