Phillip and I are off on another adventure! This time we are in Dunedin, Florida. It’s a quaint little city outside of Tampa. Dunedin offers a very unique kind of Florida vacation. If you are looking for something different to do then this should be right up your alley.
The Captain’s Quarters
We are staying at the Captain’s Quarters. It’s a cute little 2 bedroom condo that is owned by Captain Alex and his wife Janet. They live here so they are always available if you need them. This is a set of 4 condos right on the Gulf with an absolutely gorgeous view right from your patio.
These cute little condos are completely furnished with all the comforts of home. They are tastefully decorated with a hint of the beach without being overbearing. The kitchen has everything you need to cook and there is a nice grill on the patio.
The best thing about staying at the Captain’s Quarters is that you get a boat with your condo! It’s a little 14 foot Carolina Skiff that is perfect for island hopping. We have taken it out every day since we’ve been here. Alex will get with you on the day you arrive and take you out in the boat to show you everything you need to know about it and also where the islands are.
Three Rooker Island
Our favorite island so far is Three Rooker Island. You can only get there by boat so it is never as crowded as the inland beaches. There are quite a few boats anchored around the island during the weekend but during the week you have it almost to yourself. It is sooooo relaxing! This is definitely the place to go if you want to relax and recharge. Of course, Phillip brought the drone so we had to fly it over the island and Wow what a view!
Beware of Thunder Storms
As you may or may not know thunderstorms pop up out of nowhere quite frequently over the ocean. We got a taste of one while we were out in the boat. While they were out on the boat Alex took Phillip on he warned him about them so we were prepared. The storm was between us and the condo so we couldn’t head back in. We just stayed in the boat and anchored beside one of the islands that had a bunch of Mangroves trees on it to protect us from the wind. The boat has a bimini canopy on it so we didn’t get too beat up by the rain. It lasted about 30 minutes and then the sun was shining again.
Honeymoon Island State Park
Honeymoon Island is just over the Causeway from Dunedin. We spent all morning and part of the afternoon there today. Quite a few people were there but it wasn’t crowded to the point where you were sitting right on top of the people next to you. There was just a single row of umbrellas and blankets along the shore.
This little island has a very cool history. It was originally part of a large barrier island that split in half during a major hurricane in 1921. Honeymoon Island used to be called Hog Island. Huts were built on the island in the 1940’s and the name was changed because they were promoting it as the perfect place for a honeymoon. After World War II, the island was turned into a state park.
What’s So Great About Dunedin?
Dunedin, Florida is quiet and laid back. It is perfect for families, young couples, and empty nesters. It is not commercialized like most vacation places. You won’t find the usual tourist traps. What you will find are cute little shops and wonderful restaurants. It is close to Clearwater Beach which is one of the busiest beaches in Florida. If you get the urge you can take a little ride you can be there in about 20 minutes and get your fill of tourism at it’s best then come back to the peace and quiet of Dunedin.
The one thing I just can’t get enough of are the sunsets in Dunedin. They are absolutely breathtaking! There is nothing more romantic than sitting on the patio drinking a cold beverage and watching the sunset with your love.
I have 3 full days left to enjoy paradise before I have to go home to reality. When I get there I will tell you about the rest of this fabulous vacation in Dunedin, Florida. I know there will be lots more to tell with more pictures and of course a video or two from the drone. Stay tuned!
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