John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk is located on the Gulf-to-Intercoastal John’s Pass between Madeira Beach and Treasure Island, Florida. It ‘s a quaint, little area full of seafood restaurants, trendy, beach shops, and an amazing amount of water recreation, from dolphin sighting tours, and wave runner rentals to pirate cruises, and deep sea fishing excursions. There’s something here that every family visiting the area is sure to enjoy. I will give my top 5 recommendations.
Woody’s Watersports is located at 205 Boardwalk Place in John’s Pass. They offer wave runner rentals, and parasailing at very reasonable prices. My family and I have been coming to Woody’s for years and are always treated with kindness and respect. Owners, Woody and Deb are very friendly, and will go out of their way to accomodate their guests. They always have early bird specials, group specials, and VIP specials. Reservations are highly recommended, and they can be made by calling: (727)391-0200
Hubbard’s Dolphin Watch is located at 150 John’s Pass. Tours are offered daily and depart at 1, 3 and 5pm. Adults are $16.82 and children 11 and under are $8.41. Children 2 and under are free. I have taken this tour several times, and have always been treated to pods of dolphins swimming around the boat. It is truly a sight to see for you dolphin lovers. To see dolphins swimming openly in their environment, free of a tank, will definitely take your breath away. Look out for the dolphin “Two Fin.” He is often seen swimming around the Intercoastal. I have seen him 3 times in the last 3 years. If you don’t see dolphins on your tour, the next one is FREE.
Fintastic Fishing Charters is located at 215 128th Street Ave. East in John’s Pass. They specialize in bottom fishing for Grouper, Amberjack, and Snapper. 8 hour trips are guaranteed to catch legal grouper, or your next excursion is free, according to Captain Steve. They offer 1/2 day, 3/4 day and full day trips. Reservations can be made by calling (727)642-3411
Sculley’s is a great place to eat after a day on the water at John’s Pass, located at 190 John’s Pass Boardwalk. This restaurant offers indoor and outdoor seating right on the waterfront. Fresh seafood is offered daily, and ranges from Grouper to crab legs. The Red Grouper is my favorite, and I have eaten it here several times. If you are in the mood for a cold drink, or appetizer, try The Hut downstairs.
Finally, try Sweet Licks, located at 210 John’s Pass Boardwalk. This delightful cafe offers several icecream flavors sure to please your sweet tooth.