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FUN FOR ALL AGES
The “Pass”, as locals refer to it, was created by a hurricane on September 27, 1848. A pirate, John Levique, made the first passage through the newly created pass. Hence the name, Johns Pass. Located on the waterfront at Johns Pass, this quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village is Pinellas County’s #1 tourist attraction. Over one hundred merchants inhabit the Village with unique retail shopping, a variety of restaurants, the local fishing fleet, dolphin watching and shelling tours, boat rentals, parasailing and jet skiing. Plenty of parking: There is metered on-street parking located conveniently throughout the Village, as well as a new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage adjacent to Bubba Gumps. The beach is a short stroll away. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, and just a short drive to the Orlando area. Open daily!
As Pinellas County’s premier seafood festival, the John’s Pass Seafood Festival offers a number of unique attributes that benefit Madeira Beach and all of Pinellas County. The Festival promotes the positive social and economic impact of the seafood industry in Pinellas County. It helps educate the public about seafood and its importance to the area’s economy. The Festival provides substantial publicity to the wide variety of seafood indigenous to Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. The festival further boosts tourism and recreation within John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, Madeira Beach, and Pinellas County during the non-summer months. In sum, the Festival gives visitors and the residents of Pinellas County a reason to visit Madeira Beach to have fun and enjoy the bounty of seafood that inhabits our coastal waters.