Dunedin Fl Report
(Dunedin Kayak-Bike Multi-Day)


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Report By:  Unknown    Date: 5/15/2009 
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A multi-day trip with kayaking one day to Caladesi Island State Park and biking another day to Tarpon Springs for lunch at an authentic Greek restaurant

My Report:

DIRECTIONS TO DUNEDIN from STUART, FL
Driving time is approximately 4 hours.


LODGING
Holiday Inn Express
975 Broadway (Alt. 19)
Dunedin, FL 34698
Phone: 727-450-1200

CHECK-IN 4:00 PM
CHECK-OUT 11:00 PM

A continental breakfast buffet is provided in the hotel lobby each morning.
See above link to directions to hotel.

WHAT TO BRING

Bicycle
Bike helmet
Kayak
Paddle
PFD (Coast Guard required)
Whistle/signaling device for kayaking (Coast Guard required)
Dry Bag (the paddle can be a wet one)
Fannie pack for bike ride or bike bag (for essentials, lunch money, etc.)
Mosquito Repellant
Sun Screen

A snack to share at Happy Hour on Friday & Saturday night
Park Fee for Sunday Paddle—$1.00 per person
Packed lunch or snacks for Sunday paddle
Water for bike ride and paddle


FRIDAY

Leave Stuart to allow for a 3-1/2 to 4 hr. drive to Dunedin (you may also want to allow time for lunch along the way).

4:00 PM CHECK IN TO HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS

5:30 PM HAPPY HOUR—hotel lobby. Bring a snack to share and a beverage of your choice.

6:45 PM Leave hotel to walk/drive/bike to Eddie’s Bar and Grill(a short walk from hotel) Smile

7:00 PM Reservation at Eddie’s (individual checks will be available)

SATURDAY
BREAKFAST in hotel lobby

9:30 AM BIKE TO TARPON SPRINGS—map provided
Gather at hotel entrance for bike ride to Tarpon Springs. The Pinellas Trail is a 47-mile paved, dedicated trail and it is approximately 11 miles from Dunedin to Tarpon Springs.
Wall Springs Park is on the route and has restrooms and water. Also, within that park, there is an additional trail which leads to an elevated observatory which we’ll check out probably on the return trip. The Pinellas Trail crosses some major intersections but all have crosswalks and good signage. BE ALERT AND AWARE. The ride is relatively flat except for one bridge with a large steep ramp over a highway, but is very short in length. I will provide Pinellas Trail Guide Trail maps for everyone (which I will pick up at the Bike Shop). We'll be biking from Downtown Dunedin to Tarpon Springs.

NOTE: The bike trail runs right behind the Holiday Inn. For those of you who can't make the 20+ mile round trip, you can turn around and go back and meet us in Tarpon Springs for lunch.

BIKE SHOP IN DUNEDIN—If anyone needs biking supplies, there is a great bike shop on the route to the hotel. It’s the best shop I’ve ever seen. I will be stopping there for Pinellas Trail route maps. The Energy Conservatory Bike Shop, 745 Main St, Dunedin, FL 34698, Phone: 727-736-4432. Store Hours, Tues-Fri 10-6; Sat. 9-4:30; Closed Tues. Check out the website for directions—http://energybicycle.com/

11:30 AM Lunch at Mykonos Greek restaurant in Tarpon Springs—great Gyros and Greek salads. (A reservation will be made and Individual checks will be available)

RETURN TO DUNEDIN at your leisure (go back the same way you came). You may want to stop to see your relatives (the primates) at the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor Springs (along the bike trail), visit the water reclamation area, view the various osprey nests along the trail, explore Wall Springs Park, or whatever else piqued your interest along the way (maps provided).

5:30 PM ?? HAPPY HOUR—hotel lobby. Bring a snack to share and a beverage of your choice.

DINNER CHOICES – within walking distance

Kelly's the Chic-A-Boom Room & Restaurant - Award winning wine list, creative New American Cuisine, artsy atmosphere, open Tuesday- Sunday for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A FUN PLACE TO PARTY!

Café Alfresco - California bistro cafe featuring seafood, meats, pasta, salads, coffees and desserts.

Casa Tina - Authentic Mexican dishes prepared by Chef/Owner Javier Avila and a healthy vegetarian menu by wife Tina.

The Black Pearl - Intimate, art deco, Dirona award-winning restaurant with big city taste, perfect for any occasion.

Jolli Mons Grill- Serving up Fresh Seafood, friendly service and fun! - next door to Holiday Inn Express Smile

SUNDAY
BREAKFAST in hotel lobby

9:00 AM PADDLE TO CALADESI ISLAND
Be checked out of hotel (if you are departing that day). Meet at entrance of hotel and be
ready to kayak (lunch or snack, water, sunscreen, bug repellant). It is about a 5 mile drive to Dunedin Causeway where we will launch.

DIRECTIONS—Take Broadway (street in front of hotel. Go north to Curlew Rd. Turn left and follow until you get to the Kayak outfitter (on the left side of road). There is adequate parking just past the outfitter. This is called the Dunedin Causeway.

10:00 AM Ready to kayak. Waterproof maps will be provided of Caladesi Island. If the tide permits we will paddle the kayak trail which is approximately
3.5 miles long. The round trip paddle from the Causeway is 8-10 miles. If the wind picks up during the day the waters can turn choppy so be prepared to paddle. There is a beautiful sandbar. Some may wish to stop there on the way back for a swim. Since we will be in open waters crossing the channel, LIFEJACKETS MUST BE WORN (my rule for the day). This area is a popular and busy spot for boaters.

There are restrooms at the Caladesi concession area and limited food and beverages. You will have to get out/get into your kayak from a low dock. I will have collected the $1.00 fee per person for the park entry and will deposit at the Park Office.

We will paddle through mangroves and at times It is very narrow and slow going, but BEAUTIFUL!

You may eat your lunch at either of the beach stops. Once we start the Trail paddle, there are no stops along the way until we get back to the sandbar.

2:00 PM RETURN TO STUART AT END OF PADDLE
(APPROX)

DISCLAIMER

Your participation is purely voluntary and at your own risk. You will be responsible for loading/unloading your kayak and bicycles.

Since we will be crossing a busy channel from Dunedin Causeway to Caladesi Island (which leads to the Gulf of Mexico) you MUST wear your life jacket for the crossing. If you choose to remove it after we are past the channel, you may do so AT YOUR OWN RISK. No Exceptions!!!

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Location Data:

Distance (miles): 200
Fees/Costs $: n/a


Photos from Dunedin Kayak-Bike Multi-Day:    (Click image to view full size)

Happy Hour @ Hotel No Comm
Happy Hour @ Hotel
launch from causeway No Comm
launch from causeway

Dunedin Causeway has clean sandy beach with shallow water to launch. Lots of parking and restrooms

Downtown Dunedin No Comm
Downtown Dunedin

party time in downtown Dunedin with dancin' in the streets

Bike time No Comm
Bike time

Getting ready to head out onto the Pinellas Trail to Tarpon Springs

Relatives?? No Comm
Relatives??

Suncoast Primate Sanctuary in Palm Harbor along the Pinellas Bike Trail

Lunch at Mykonos No Comm
Lunch at Mykonos

Great food at Mykonos Greek Restaurant in Tarpon Springs

Heading to Caladesi No Comm
Heading to Caladesi

Our group heading from Dunedin Causeway to Caledesi Island - it was a very calm day

a cool swim No Comm
a cool swim

We had to stop for a cool swim at the beautiful sandbar on Caladesi Island

Caladesi trail No Comm
Caladesi trail

We begin the 3.5 mile Caladesi Paddle trail

Caladesi trail No Comm
Caladesi trail

Some of the best paddling thru mangroves in the clear waters

I think I can! No Comm
I think I can!

Taking a running start to get over the Rt. 19 bridge on the Pinellas Trail

Wall Springs Park No Comm
Wall Springs Park

The walkway to the observatory at the Wall Springs Park

View from the top No Comm
View from the top

You can see for miles over St. Joseph Sound from the Wall Springs Park observatory

Osprey No Comm
Osprey

He's watching us while we're watching him

Osprey nest No Comm
Osprey nest
Another nest No Comm
Another nest

All along the Pinellas Trail you will spot these nests

Caladesi Paddle Trl No Comm
Caladesi Paddle Trl

Map of the 3.5 mi. paddle trail on Caladesi Island State Park. Maps can be obtained at the concession stand prior to paddle if not provided by trip leader



Post Date: 2/5/2012

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