Madeira Beach, Florida

It's "Mad Beach" to the locals, and occupies the last two miles of the southern end of Sand Key in Pinellas County, Florida. At the southernmost end is John's Pass, famous for its grouper fishing fleet and John's Pass boardwalk, filled with shops and restaurants.

Madeira Beach rental properties on the beach.

Madeira Beach offers plenty of rental condominiums, small resorts, and older cottages and apartments on a very soft, white sand beach.

Madeira Beach provides two main public beach accesses and plenty of street-end accesses, many of which have limited, metered parking. It attracts "recreational beachgoers," not "peace and quiet nature-lovers."

The Tom Stuart Causeway (S.R. 666) will take you right to the northern reaches of Madeira Beach, just south of Redington Beach. Madeira has lots of small beachfront resorts and rental condominiums. There are also plenty of funky older beach houses within a block or two of the beach.

The water here is great for swimming and wading and the beach sand is generally white and soft. You will have to pay to park at any of the beach access points, but if you are staying on the beach or within a few blocks of the beach, that won't be an issue.

Calm Gulf of Mexico on Madeira Beach, Florida.

The water at Madeira Beach is great for swimming and is very child-friendly and older adult friendly.

If you stay nearer to John's Pass, you can walk to just about anything you might need or want. In fact, you can walk from the beach to the shops at John's Pass by using the walkway underneath the new John's Pass Bridge. You don't even have to cross the busy road.

The City of Madeira Beach website has lots of info on this busy Gulf Coast island town.

Madeira Beach, Florida at John's Pass.

The jetty at John's Pass on the Madeira Beach side has a public parking lot (metered), restrooms, and a great fishing jetty. You can walk right under the bridge to the shops and restaurants on John's Pass. You'll definitely see dolphins playing in the pass.

View of shops at John's Pass as seen from the bridge. Madeira Beach, FL.

This photo was taken from the new John's Pass Bridge looking toward Madeira Beach. The Gulf of Mexico is toward the left and the shops on John's Pass, and the parking garage, are on the right. If you look closely at the lower left of the photo you can see the water in the pass. This spot is quite high above the water.

Madeira Beach, Florida on a calm spring day.

Madeira Beach is not exactly a "secret." Plenty of people come here and enjoy the shallow calm waters and the convenient location.

Copyright: David McRee,