Dunedin, Florida: 2016 Year in Review

Whether you’re new to Beso Del Sol Resort and Dunedin, Florida, or you’ve been there dozens of times, we just wanted to remind you how awesome it is.

Dunedin has celebrated new additions and tried-and-true favorites in 2016. Here’s a look back at what you need to keep in mind for your next Dunedin vacation.

Events

Every year, the Tampa area is home to dozens of concerts, food events and more. Here are our favorites close to Dunedin.

Taste of Dunedin: Meet the cuisine of popular Dunedin restaurants while enjoying craft beer and wine at this early spring event.

Orange Festival: Going on its 8th year, this annual summer event not only offers all the fresh OJ you can drink but music, food, beer, vendors and more.

orange festival
Orange IS the new black at the Dunedin Orange Festival.

2nd Fridays: Get to know Downtown Dunedin on a 2nd Friday walk with specials at 20+ downtown bars, restaurants and stores.

Celtic Music & Craft Beer Festival: Fall brings out Dunedin’s Scottish roots at this kilted celebration. Bagpipes are in the air as some of the top Celtic bands from around the world perform while local craft breweries offer tastings.

Dunedin Wines the Blues Festival: November is Wines the Blues month! Beso Del Sol has been the official host hotel for this wildly popular wine and blues fest for two years running (the event itself now going on its 26th year). Four stages of music feature some of the best blues artists around.

Beer, Beer, Beer

With the addition of three new breweries in late 2016 and early 2017 to the already rich craft brew scene, Dunedin is in competition to be the beer king of Florida. Check out these seven breweries in the downtown area:

Dunedin Brewery

7venth Sun Brewing Company

Dunedin House of Beer

Woodright Brewing Company

Cueni (NEW!)

Soggy Bottom Brewery (NEW!)

Caledonia Brewing (NEW!)

Dunedin Breweries
Grab a growler at Dunedin House of Beer.

State Parks

Dunedin is home to some of nature’s best preserves. If you’re looking for pristine beaches and wildlife to observe, check these out.

Honeymoon Island State Park: Complete with a new beach, the beauty, solitude and natural surroundings at Honeymoon Island makes it a beloved favorite with visitors and locals.

Honeymoon Island
Look at that water around Honeymoon Island State Park!

Caladesi Island State Park: Just 20 minutes west of Dunedin and accessible by boat or ferry, Caladesi’s three-mile nature trail, kayaking among mangroves, fishing, white sand beaches and more make it one of Florida’s top beach destinations.

Anclote Key Preserve: Great for a night of camping or some birdwatching, Anclote Key is a quiet beach alternative just a half hour from Beso Del Sol Resort.

Art

From the Annual Dunedin Downtown Craft Festival to the many galleries like The Painted Fish and Dunedin Fine Arts Center, Dunedin is a hub for the creative and unusual.

Food and Shopping

There are some iconic places that are a must visit in Dunedin, like these:

The Celtic Shop of Dunedin: Take a piece of Dunedin’s Scottish heritage home with you! The pretty gifts at the Celtic Shop include pottery, jewelry, clothes, food, kilts and Scottish wear, fragrances, soaps and more.

Strachan’s Ice Cream:
 Ranked among the top places to eat in Dunedin by TripAdvisor, Strachan’s homemade ice cream and treats includes 50 unusual flavors along with sinful dessert cakes and pies.

Souvenirs and Gifts Galore: Since Dunedin thrives on so many of its own local businesses, you’ll have no problem finding something special for yourself or someone on your list.

Pisces Sushi: A new addition to the Dunedin family of merchants in 2016, Pisces opened to rave reviews for its varied menu that has more than just raw fish, including Caribbean-inspired fare and Florida’s famous grouper.

Olde Bay Café & Dunedin Fish Market: Pick up the “catch of the day” for grilling or baking back at the resort or eat in at the Café. They specialize in the freshest seafood on the coast with Florida favorites like stone crabs, peel n’ eat shrimp and their famous take on the Cuban sandwich.

Olde Bay Cafe
Casual waterfront dining at Olde Bay Cafe & Dunedin Fish Market

There’s so much to see and do, it’s amazing it all fits within the neat little city of Dunedin. We hope you’ll visit some of these favorites in 2017, take lots of pictures, and share your adventures with us on Facebook or Twitter @BesoDelSolFL!

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Victoria Hoffman

A native of New Jersey, Victoria isn't entirely sure how she ended up in Kansas City, but has enjoyed writing, editing, creating, communicating and marketing for high-profile accounts throughout the city ever since. In her spare time, Victoria is an actor (and active) with local community and city theatre.