Dunedin, Florida in the Greater Tampa Bay Area

Dunedin Offers Many Attractions to All Ages

Florida Botanical Gardens are located just south of Dunedin FL.
Florida Botanical Gardens are located just south of Dunedin FL. | Source

Best Places to Retire and Drive a Golf Cart

Money Magazine named Dunedin, Florida one of the best places to retire in the USA for 2010 - 2011. Some other financial and news publications chose their favorites as well and these include Tampa, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg.

One of the good things about Dunedin is that during Summer 2011, golf carts became street legal and make an excellent form of alternative transportation. This is true for everyone legally able to drive one as well, not just Seniors.

Kids can't drive golf carts legally on the streets , only designated paths, and the carts must be registered and kept on the permitted streets.

The Jolley Trolley - Fun and Reduced Rates for Seniors

The Jolley Trolley, Dunedin, Florida.
The Jolley Trolley, Dunedin, Florida. | Source

Great Jolley Trolley Times!

In addition, Dunedin sponsors the Jolley Trolley service that runs from Dunedin conveniently to Clearwater Beach, Palm Harbor, and Tarpon Springs every Friday through Sunday. This brings back memories of a simpler time in which residents road the trolley cars of towns and cities in America to the trolley parks for band performances and picnics.

The Jolley Trolley runs from Dunedin to Clearwater every 30 minutes from 10:00 AM to the 11:30 PM last stop on its scheduled days. From Friday through Sunday, it runs to Downtown Clearwater and the other cities mentioned. The two routes are both run on Sundays.

This trolley travels to Clearwater's well known Pier 60 Sunset Festivals nightly and for free movies every Friday and Saturday. Bring a chair and enjoy the tasty concessions!

Jolley Trolley Cities

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A markerDunedin FL -
Dunedin, FL, USA
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B markerClearwater Beach FL -
Clearwater Beach, Clearwater, FL, USA
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C markerClearwater FL -
Clearwater, FL, USA
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D markerPalm Harbor FL -
Palm Harbor, FL, USA
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E markerTarpon Springs FL -
Tarpon Springs, FL, USA
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Dunedin is one of the oldest communities on the Gulf Coast of Florida.

More Dunedin "Bests"

The US Census Bureau reports the population of Dunedin, Florida to be approximately 37,000 individuals in 2015.While not a huge metropolis, it offers good, services, transportation options, and housing choices for people of any age. Families, singles, and Seniors love this town.

The cost of living here is reported as below the national average by a full 5.9%, which makes the city more affordable overall. Sales Tax is 7% and there is no city income tax.

Sperlings Best Places rates Dunedin within the Top 50 Romantic Places for Boomers - also good for retirees - and State Farm Insurance rates the city as the Number Three Most Fiscally Fit City (along with the Greater Tampa Bay Area) on its Top 50 list.

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Dunedin, FL, USA
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Lovely Island State Parks in Dunedin

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Caladesi Island, Dunedin, FL 33767, USA
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B markerHoneymoon Island -
Honeymoon Island, Dunedin, FL 34698, USA
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  • Dunedin Highland Games and Festival - Named after Gaelic traditions, Dunedin hosts an annual Highlander games with traditional events and foods.
  • Hammock Park is a beautiful natural setting that houses a large Butterfly Garden.
  • Honeymoon Island Park. Once known as Hog Island, this place offers many events and recreation options that include Trick or Treat, Scary Trail, child oriented games, and special family activities observed on the last weekend of October each year. Located just north of Caladesi Island.

The Caladesi Island Ferry runs to and from Honeymoon Island every half-hour beginning at 10:00 AM daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

Honeymoon Island Park

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Honeymoon Island Eagles

  • Westfield Countryside Mall - Just east of Dunedin at 27001 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater FL 33761. Several major department stores act as anchors - from Dillard's to Whole Foods - and an ice rink is offered in the center of the mall. Unique additions are a play space for the kids and a family lounge with relaxation areas and even TV. Special events keep a trip to the mall interesting for people of all ages.

Countryside Mall on Highway 19

Pinellas County Florida Botanical Gardens are beautiful, fragrant, and relaxing; and the local County Trail System is called the Fred Marquis Pinellas Trail, with 39 miles of safe pathways though the county.

Botanical Gardens

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Florida Botanical Gardens, 12520 Ulmerton Rd, Largo, FL 33774, USA
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Especially for Seniors

Medical and Veterinary Services

Local Hospitals and Medical Centers

  • BayCare Alliant Hospital - Dunedin
  • Largo Medical Center - Largo, southwest of Dunedin
  • Mease Countryside Hospital - Morton Plant Mease in Safety Harbor, east of Dunedin
  • Town and Country Hospital - Tampa

Animal Hospitals

Sports and Education

Local Sports

  • Toronto Blue Jays - Spring Training at Dunedin Florida Auto Exchange Stadium
  • Dunedin Blue Jays - Minor League Baseball - Florida State League (FSL)
  • Dunedin Highland Games - Celebrated during Scottish Events Week each summer (see link above)

Higher Education and Training - Arts and Culture

The choices of post-secondary school in the Dunedin area is good and these facilities are part of the arts and cultural scenes with their own museums, galleries, and performance arts.

Business and Work Opportunities

Business and Job Market

The Greater Tampa Bay Area that includes Dunedin and other smaller towns is one in which a range of jobs are available, many of them well paying.

This type of job market makes Dunedin a good place for any age to settle and make a home. Retirees that want to continue working can find employment here.

Spotlight On New Jobs

Emerging jobs in Aviation and Aerospace operations advertised in the Dunedin area include.

Job Titles:

  • Manned Airship Pilots
  • Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) Pilots

Company:

  • MAV6, LLC; a Defense Contractor and Aerospace Company.

Product:

Blue Devil Airship: USAF Surveillance Blimp

The United States Air Force announced in October 2011 that it was testing its Blue Devil 2 airship (blimp) for deployment to Afghanistan in 2012. Developed by MAV6, LLC the airship is designed to use surveillance items that include wide-area cameras capable of scanning 36 miles2 of landscape at a time.

The prototype blimp was inflated with helium and stored in Elizabeth City, NC by MAV6, LLC and further developed. The Blue Devil 2 is an airship that is 370 feet long. Its volume is 1.4 million feet3. The need for pilots in the manned and unmanned program is growing.

Top Hiring Companies: Many Associated With NASA Projects

The top companies hiring in the Dunedin area involve Engineering and Aerospace Technologies as well as other technological pursuits:

  1. Lockheed Martin: A big partner in the NASA Commercial Crew.
  2. Deloitte
  3. Jabil
  4. General Dynamics: Member of Commercial Crew.
  5. Kelly Engineering Resources
  6. PDS Technical Services
  7. Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC): Member of Commercial Crew.
  8. SAIC; Member of Commercial Crew.
  9. BAE Systems: Member of Commercial Crew.
  10. Nielsen Company
  11. Honeywell: Member of Commercial Crew.
  12. General Electric: Member of Commercial Crew.

Top 10 Hot Jobs In and Around Denedin

  1. Registered Nurses(RNs)
  2. Occupational Therapists
  3. Physical Therapists and Assistants
  4. Customer Service Representatives
  5. CNAs - Certified Nurse Assistants
  6. Salespeople
  7. Assistant Managers
  8. Nursing Staff- LPNs, LVNs, CNAs, other
  9. Speech Therapists
  10. Project Managers - IT

Additional High Demand Jobs:

  1. Dental Assistants
  2. Account Executives
  3. Business Analysts
  4. Outside Sales Representatives
  5. Physicians

Additional Moderate-Demand Jobs:

  1. Software and Sr. Software Engineers and Developers
  2. Systems Engineers
  3. Tech Analyst-Systems Architects
  4. Project Engineers
  5. Ui Developers
  6. Network Engineers
  7. Engineering Technicians
  8. Assembler - 1St Shift
  9. Principal Engineer
  10. Automation Engineers
  11. Remedy Report Administrators
  12. Q& A Engineers

© 2011 Patty Inglish

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rebekahELLE 4 years ago from Tampa Bay

Patty, you've put together an excellent hub about this area.

One of the great benefits of living in the area is the easy access to the Tampa Bay metro cities and communities, beaches, parks, etc. Dunedin is one of my favorite places to eat and window shop on the quaint cobblestone streets in the downtown area.

It's within minutes of the Dunedin causeway and two of the best beaches in the US, Honeymoon Island and Caledesi State Park. They are beautiful, serene beaches.

Great work on the research required for this informative hub!


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FloraBreenRobison 4 years ago

I'm familiar with the name Dunedin because of the Blue Jays. I haven't watched a lot of baseball since the players who were playing before the 1994 strike retired from the game, but I used to watch it a lot.


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carol3san 4 years ago from Hollywood Florida

Nice hub Patty. No one should have any questions to ask after reading this today...or whenever. I love florida. I happen to live in South Florida (Hollywood) and I love it. I wrote a hub about my city of Hollywood Florida sometime ago inviting people to come for a visit.


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Earth Angel 4 years ago

Lovely Hub Patty; makes me want to move there! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful spot! Blessings Always, Earth Angel! P.S. Did you mean no "state" income tax under Dunedin's best?


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Seems there's no city or state income tax. That's a good draw to resettle.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania

No city or state income tax? Absolutely attractive!


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stephaniedas 4 years ago from Miami, US

I've been hearing that the west coast of Florida is such a great place for quite a while now. After reading this, I'm seriously considering taking up residence there. Maybe I'll move down for the winter to try it out.


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mauihawaii 4 years ago from Maui, Hawaii

great hab!


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samsons1 4 years ago from Tennessee

Very well written and enticing article. This makes me want to sell out here and move to Dunedin. Thanks so much for this pleasant read...


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Hello, hello, 4 years ago from London, UK

As you know I am only here to admire the beautiful country side and learn more about it. Thank you done an excellent job of both.


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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America Author

Hello, hello - I'm glad you enjoy reading them and looking at teh scenerey. If you every come over to USA, you will feel a little more at home then, hopefully.

Maren - Yes, I think that's a reason so many Ohions retire to Florida cities.

stepheniedas - I agree - the W. Coast of Florida is improving and developing in lots of ways. Let us know what you think!

maui-cat-hawaii - Thanks!

samsons1 - Maybe you should visit first, but Florida looks better to me every day!

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