Dunedin’s village-like atmosphere and a relaxed lifestyle has brought people to this small Florida town for many years. Enjoying the natural wooded and subtropical setting and close to four miles of beautiful waterfront. It is also one of the few open waterfront communities from Sarasota to Cedar Key where buildings do not obscure the view.
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 “Snow Birds”l visitors elect to stay once they discover Dunedin is a little more relaxed and quiet than most resort towns..
Dunedin reflects the rich American and Scottish heritage of its founding fathers. This village-like town has the distinction of being the oldest town south of Cedar Key. Early in its history, thanks to a dock built to accommodate schooners and sloops and the ingenuity of pioneers from as near as Georgia and as far as Scotland, Dunedin became one of Florida’s chief seaport and trading centers. At one time Dunedin had the largest fleet of sailing vessels in Florida. Early settlers were primarily cotton and citrus growers, and it is hard to envision that most of what is now downtown was once a big cotton field!
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Dunedin is know for Honeymoon Beach.This barrier island state park offers numerous nature-based activities. 5 miles of beaches, 3.5 miles of wooded hiking trails, nature center with gift shop and scenic views, 2 cafes, a new playground and wildlife including gopher tortoises, dolphins, manatee, eagles, owls, osprey and 100 of species of birds.
It stretches from Tarpon Springs in the north to St. Petersburg in the south, passing through the towns of Palm Harbor, Dunedin, Clearwater, Largo, Seminole, South Pasadena, and Gulfport. It is utilized for walking, jogging, and cycling. Some trail users are able to commute to work using the Pinellas Trail instead of a motor vehicle.
The distance that the main trail currently covers is 38.2 miles
Pedestrian and bike friendly Dunedin is rich in cultural experiences of all types, from gallery hopping and antiques hunting to local dining, craft brew sipping and beaching it up at Honeymoon and Caladesi Islands. Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, it’s known for the beaches, pine forest and ospreys of Honeymoon Island State Park. The island is linked to the mainland by Dunedin Causeway, which offers views over St. Joseph Sound.