The town of Dunedin Florida is flavored by it’s Scottish heritage and colored by it’s beautiful beaches, festivals and a love for bicycling. Tucked away between Clearwater and Palm Harbor, this little hidden gem is one of Florida’s best kept secrets.
The whole town got together and made this great video called Funedin. It shows the character of Dunedin perfectly, corky and colorful. People are very friendly in this sweet little town, I always feel safe. Don’t let the sweetness fool you though, you might be safe but your bicycle is not! I have had 6 bikes stolen over the past 7 years; Dunedin really loves bicycles so lock it up.
The main bike trail in Dunedin is the Pinellas Trail which stretches from Tarpon to St. Petersburg. Cutting through the heart of down town Dunedin, this trail is a major hub of activity, especially during the Saturday down town Farmers Market and the many festivals during which, Main street is closed.
Another great place to ride is the Dunedin Causeway. The boardwalk is alive with sun loving people walking, running and riding while enjoying a view of the St. Joseph Sound to the left and the Gulf of Mexico to the right. The causeway ends at state park, Honeymoon Island. Honeymoon offers bike trails, beaches (including a beautiful dog beach), and nature trails.
There are quite a few bike shops and rentals in town but I recommend Dunedin Cyclery . They are on the Pinellas Trail in down town Dunedin, if you are renting it’s the perfect place to get started.
THE PERFECT FIRST TIME DUNEDIN RIDE (My advise for someone who hasn’t ridden a bicycle since they were a kid)
- Drive to Dunedin Cyclery and rent a bicycle
- Ride north on the trail
- Turn left onto Dunedin Causeway. Don’t over do it, take your time and enjoy the scenery
- Turn around at Honeymoon and head back. Honeymoon will be there for your next adventure, right now you are ready for a beer and some food.
- Pass the rental shop and head to Main St., lock your bike up and walk down to Casa Tina’s or Chic-a-Boom Room , grab a beer and some food.
- Go to Strachan’s across the street on the corner at the light for homemade ice cream. Take your ice cream down to the marina and enjoy the view.
- Walk back and get your bike. If you are not too tired yet, you may want to take some time exploring the shops on Main St.
- Head back to the bike shop. Great job! If you’re not ready to go home, Marker 8 Tiki Bar is off Alt 19 a couple minutes drive north. It’s right on the water and sunsets there are always spectacular.
Whether you are an experienced cyclist or just getting back in the saddle, Dunedin is the place for bike riding adventures.