Dunedin is host to a number of fun events throughout the year. Farmers Markets, Art Shows, Christmas Parade, Mardi Gras Parade and Beer Festivals are just a few of the activities that attract locals and tourists to this small, quaint hometown. Downtown Dunedin, located right on the water, has numerous restaurants, shops and breweries. All of the downtown businesses are local, so you won't find a McDonalds, Walmart or Target. Easily walkable, you can enjoy small-town shopping, a nice dinner and then catch a beautiful sunset on the pier. Ferry service to Clearwater Beach is available from the pier, buy you will likely prefer to take a bike ride up the Pinellas Trail or a short drive up to beautiful Honeymoon Island at the end of Dunedin Causeway. Honeymoon Island is a true, natural Florida gem with great beaches and concessions. There is also a ferry from Honeymoon Island over to Caladesi Island, which is consistently an award winning beach. You won't find bustling restaurants at either Honeymoon or Caladesi, but if you just want some sun, sand, nature and dolphins, these are the beaches for you!
Locals often call Dunedin "Dogedin" because of the pet-friendly atmosphere. Dogs are welcomed in most businesses and there is a great dog park on Honeymoon Island, where your dog(s) can splash & play in the Gulf of Mexico! You can also take your furry friend for a walk on the Pinellas Trail or along the edge of the water on Bayshore Blvd. Be sure to check out the "Dog Wall" in downtown, where a talented artist has painted tributes to hundreds of dogs (plus a few cats and even a flying squirrel) along with their names.
If boating is your hobby, or lifestyle, then Dunedin is definitely the place for you! There is a marina in downtown Dunedin and another top notch, updated marina right on the Dunedin Causeway. Several other marinas speckle the coastline in this area and there are a couple of boat clubs you can join as well. Kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding are also popular in these waterways. Fishing is spectacular with numerous snook, redfish, trout and more all along the shoreline. Dolphins, manatees and a wide variety of birds also inhabit the area.
Biking and running are very popular in Dunedin, and there are 100s of 5ks, 10ks and half-marathons you can participate to benefit local charities. The Pinellas Trail is 45 miles long and will be extended to 54 miles this year and eventually 75 miles! There are many locally owned running and biking stores for all of your equipment needs.
Dunedin may be the world's healthiest climate and the year-round outdoor fun that brings visitors to Dunedin, but it is Dunedin's village quaintness coupled with its progressive vision and masterful planning that keeps them here. It is not surprising that many seasonal visitors elect to stay once they discover Dunedin is without the trappings and congestion of most Florida resort towns. (Sourced from Dunedingov.com). Though quaint and outdoorsy, Dunedin is located just a 25 - 30 drive from Tampa International Airport. Give me a call and we can schedule some showings when you are in the area!