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Insider’s guide to Honeymoon Island: Watersports and fitness, shopping and places to eat and drink

Watersports and fitness

SAIL HONEYMOON: Kayaks, sailboats and standup paddleboards are available for rent right off the Causeway before you get to the park. They’re open seven days a week.

ROMANTIC HONEYMOON ISLAND RENTALS: Once you’re on the island, you can rent kayaks, bikes, umbrellas and chairs to use on the beach. It’s in the same building as Cafe Honeymoon on North Beach.

FRED MARQUIS PINELLAS TRAIL: This jogging and biking path runs from Tarpon Springs to St. Petersburg through the entire county. A segment runs parallel to Bayshore back on the mainland.

DUNEDIN STIRLING LINKS: An 18-hole public course that includes a driving range and a putting green, right off the Causeway.

PIRATES COVE MARINA & BOAT CLUB: There’s no shortage of marinas and boat dealers, but Pirates Cove is one that offers rentals.

Places to eat and drink

CAFE HONEYMOON AND SOUTH BEACH PAVILION CAFE: These two restaurants, the only ones on Honeymoon Island, are on opposite ends of the big parking lot off the southern beach. The food is pretty simple but reasonably priced, and drinks and ice cream are available. Cafe Honeymoon offers kayak rentals. The South Beach Pavilion Cafe sells alcohol, to be consumed on site.

FRENCHY’S OUTPOST: The Clearwater Beach favorite has a popular satellite location on the road to Honeymoon Island. Get a pretzel shaped like a fish and grab a daiquiri, because the wait for a seat in this open-air joint can take awhile.

CASA TINA: Javier and Tina Avila have run this Tex-Mex institution for more than 25 years. The restaurant shuts down part of Dunedin’s Main Street for Dia de los Muertos and Cinco de Mayo, and showcases aerialists right in the dining room on select nights.

OLDE BAY CAFE: Right in the heart of Dunedin’s city marina, Olde Bay Cafe is a great place to grab seafood and suds right on the water. There’s a fish market right next door, and the kitchen will cook whatever you catch

STRACHAN’S: A family-run ice cream shop featuring cones, milkshakes and more, with locations in Palm Harbor and Dunedin. On hot summer days the line will stretch out the door, but it’s worth it.

MOLLY GOODHEADS: Tiny little Ozona, on the edge of Palm Harbor, features this bar and grill built out in a 170-year-old house — they keep the beer in a literal bathtub full of ice. Seafood is the draw, but there are plenty of options that don’t come from the water.

PEGGY O’S: A Palm Harbor institution, Peggy O’s is an Irish-style pub that puts street tacos and a mac and cheese bar on the menu. There’s a kid’s menu, so the tykes are welcome.

KELLY’S CHIC A BOOM ROOM: This block on Dunedin’s Main Street is usually hopping, but the best place on a nice day is in the tented back patio of the Chic A Boom Room. Generous cocktails and good people-watching make it worth the stop, and there’s food available if you’re hungry. Huey, the owner’s bulldog, may make an appearance, too.


KNOT ON MAIN: There’s about 7,000 square feet of vendor space in this antique mall on Bayshore, just south of the Causeway. The front desk will call a seller to negotiate a price if you ask.

CELTIC SHOP: Enjoy your day on Honeymoon Island, then peruse some gifts from the British Isles. Find ceramics, clothing, family crests and more straight from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Isle of Man and Brittany.

MY FAVORITE THINGS: An eclectic gift shop featuring sea glass jewelry, accessories for wine lovers and more, right on Main Street in Dunedin.

THISTLE: This home goods and gift store at the end of Broadway in downtown Dunedin features unique clothing, bedding, bath products and the like.

More information about Honeymoon Island

About the beach, planning your trip, where to park

The beach scene, beach access, the Caladesi Island ferry

Where to stay, places to go and events

Local microbreweries and tips from townies

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