With amenities such as the Marker 8 Tiki Bar & Grill, free parking and complimentary WiFi, Beso Del Sol Resort is an excellent choice for visitors to Dunedin. One of my favorite resort perks has got to be the complimentary bicycle rental.
When you stay with us, you are less than a minute away from an exceptional multi-use path known as the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail. It’s a comprehensive and beloved route that goes on for almost 45 miles! Let’s take a closer look at the trail’s points of interest.
Going North Toward Tarpon Springs
It’s about 10 miles on the trail to get to Tarpon Springs, but you can add another 9 miles (one-way) if you travel south along the east bank of Lake Tarpon. These are some of the sights you will come across along the way.
Hammock Park is a small, peaceful park with a butterfly garden and a disc golf course.
In order to get to Honeymoon Island State Park you will have to make a slight detour, but it’s well worth it. Honeymoon Island makes for a great place to take a dip in the ocean, do some bird watching or shelling or have a leisurely picnic.
Pop Stansell Park is a quaint little green space. The waterfront park is named after Henry “Pop” Stansell.
See if you can spot wildlife at Wall Springs Park. The Boggy Bayou area is home to rabbits, reptiles and various birds. The 35-foot observation tower is currently under construction, but when it reopens you will have a wonderful view over the Gulf of Mexico.
Tarpon Springs is known for its countless galleries, specialty stores and antique shops. The Pinellas Trail bends eastwards towards Lake Tarpon, but be sure not to miss the Historic Sponge Docks. This Tarpon Springs landmark is lined with Greek restaurants and bakeries. If you are in need of a sponge, or want to try some baklava to fuel your ride home, then this is the place.
There are plans to complete the loop on the Pinellas Trail, but at the moment it ends at the south end of Lake Tarpon, which is also where you will find John Chesnut Sr. Park.
Going South Toward Clearwater/St. Petersburg
A 4.5-mile bicycle ride will get you to Clearwater, and in another 22.5 miles you will reach downtown St. Petersburg. Along the way there are several worthwhile stops.
Josiah Cephus Weaver Park has a pier from which you can watch the sunset or catch a glimpse of dolphins and manatees. If you are still in need of a workout after all that cycling, then you can use the free exercise equipment in the park.
Now that you’ve made it to Clearwater, check out the Cleveland Street District or head over to the waterfront for the Market for Makers (formerly Pierce Street Market).
Once you have reached Largo, there is an opportunity to explore John S. Taylor Park. There are several picnic shelters, a disc golf course and even a small island for you to enjoy.
Walsingham Park is a good place to either add miles to your trip, turn around by looping around the lake or just enjoy the pleasant green space. The north side of the park is home to the Florida Botanical Gardens. You’ll definitely know you’re Florida when you see all the plants and flowers in bloom!
Right after Seminole City Park the trail heads east, and after three miles you will cross the Boca Ciega Bay. After another ten miles on the trail, you will reach Tropicana Field, the home of the Tampa Bay Rays. This means you have made it to downtown St. Petersburg.
The Pinellas Trail officially ends at Demens Landing Park. Have some lunch or explore St. Petersburg. The popular Dali Museum is just a few minutes from your end point.
When you get back to Beso Del Sol Resort, you’ll probably be hungry! The staff at Marker 8 Tiki Bar & Grill is ready to take your order and fix you a nice cold drink.
What is your favorite stop along the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail? Thanks for sharing your comments with us!