Caladesi Island State Park
Lay of the Land: Named the #7 Beach in the U.S. by Dr. Beach, this island is only accessible by private watercraft, ferry or kayak/stand-up paddleboard (which you can rent right on the Dunedin Causeway). Caladesi is even more secluded than its sister island to the north, particularly if you avoid the side of the island near the ferry dock and marina, which is where you’ll find amenities such as restrooms and a snack bar.
Why You Should Go: With more than a mile of white-sand beach lining the island’s western edge (and considering that cars can’t access it), you’re sure to find a stretch of shoreline to call your own for the day. The bird-watching is phenomenal, and you’ll feel like you’re miles away from civilization, even if Dunedin is just a hop, skip and a paddle away.