The soft light of sunset is seen over the water and dock at the Dunedin Marina

Dunedin is full of scenic "Old Florida" places, such as the historic Dunedin Marina.

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Dunedin

The Scottish-influenced Dunedin is St. Pete/Clearwater’s fifth largest city. That said, this town feels like a throwback to a simpler, more serene Florida. Here, the pace is relaxed - perfect for exploring the city’s charming downtown - or for relaxing on two of the area’s most beautiful beaches.


Beach Day

If island style is your style, you’ll revel in the natural beauty found at Dunedin’s two sister beach/parks - Caladesi Island State Park and Honeymoon Island State Park. The star attraction here is the beach, with soft, white sands and clear emerald waters. In fact, your Florida beach experience begins even before you arrive - open your car windows as you cross the Dunedin Causeway to take in salt breezes and the sight of folks fishing, boating and swimming in the calm waters of St. Joseph Sound.

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Where to Eat

Dunedin’s restaurant choices run the gamut from down-home to refined. The Black Pearl of Dunedin is most definitely refined - it’s renowned for fine French food in a romantic setting -  perfect for a birthday or celebratory dinner. Voted “Tampa Bay’s Best Waterfront Restaurant,” Bon Appetit’s menu leans towards seafood, though meat lovers will find excellent options, too. Their waterfront bar offers views of St. Joseph Sound, making it a favorite place for locals to relax. The Restorative in Dunedin has garnered prestigious awards for its innovative, changing menus.

Dining with friends (perhaps friends who travel with Fido)? Check out the casual-yet-delightful Living Room on Main for small plates meant to be shared - and even a special dog menu. Looking for amazing, authentic Mexican food? Family-owned Casa Tina is the place to be. Hungry for finger-licking barbeque? Check out Eli’s Bar B Que (Fridays and Saturdays only, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.). In the mood for Cajun specialties? Eat outside under the towering oaks at Happy’s Bayou Bites. For delicious nachos, burritos, tacos and baja bowls with a side of fun - make a bee-line for Pearly’s Beach Eats

If by some possibility you still have room after dinner (isn't there always room for ice cream?), head straight over to the uber-popular Strachan’s Homemade Ice Cream for decadent flavors such as JaMocha Almond Chip and Cherry Wow-za.

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Outdoor Activities

You’ll find there’s access by bike to the Pinellas Trail from many places in the city, and it’s easy to make small side trips to visit local shops and cafes. One special spot accessed off the trail is Weaver Park, with waterfront views, a fishing pier and an ADA-accessible playground for children of all abilities.

If you’re up for a hike and a picnic, Hammock Park offers five miles of nature trails, a wildlife observation platform and picnic shelters on its 75-acre property.

Looking for a place to relax and explore by the water? Visit the Dunedin Municipal Marina and the adjacent Edgewater Park on the Intracoastal Waterway (Tip: Sunset is a particularly pretty time here).

Florida sunshine and the game of golf is a natural combination, and golfers will want to book a tee time at the Donald Ross-designed Dunedin Golf Club. This Donald Ross-designed course.