If you go . . .
Caladesi Island State Park
1 Causeway Boulevard
Open 8 a.m. to sunset. There is a marina with kayak rentals, snack bar, rest rooms, showers, picnic areas with grills, and an interpretive nature trail. Entrance fee to Honeymoon Island State Park, where you catch the island ferry, is $8 per vehicle.
Caladesi Island Ferry
Departs from Honeymoon Island State Park
End of State Road 586
Adults $14, children 6-12 $7.
Where to stay
500 Mandalay Ave.
One of the poshest places to stay on the Gulf Coast and a short drive to the Caladesi Island ferry, this oceanfront resort boasts an art-filled lobby, full-service spa, and top-notch service, $199-$359.
Meranova Guest Inn
458 Virginia Lane, Dunedin
This former 1907 boardinghouse, surrounded by gardens and within walking distance of Dunedin Main Street shops and restaurants, has been refurbished into 11 spacious suites, $195-$215.
Where to eat
Olde Bay Cafe
51 Main St., Dunedin
Flapping fresh fish, decent prices ($5-$13), and a waterfront view make this fish shack and raw bar a local favorite.
The Living Room on Main
487 Main St., Dunedin
More uptown than flip-flop
Florida, this Euro-style tapas bar and restaurant has an extensive array of small plates, like the marbled potatoes au gratin with Gorgonzola and smoked gouda ($7), and sesame shrimp
937 Douglas Ave., Dunedin
Florida’s oldest microbrewery has a convivial atmosphere,
decent pub grub (tacos, wraps, and burgers, $7.50-$9), and
live entertainment most nights of the week.
What to do
Ranger Walks and Talks
Breakfast with a ranger is
offered one Sunday each month during the winter, including a free continental breakfast and
interpretive talk. Free guided trail walks and beach walks are offered on weekends during the winter. See park website (above) for schedule and times.