Pass-A-Grille Beach

Pass-A-Grille is a small-scale beach community at the southern end of St. Pete Beach, Florida. If you are used to a place like Clearwater Beach, Pass-A-Grille may seem "quaint."  If you are used to a place like Anna Maria Island, Pass-A-Grille will seem somewhat familiar, but not exactly the same.

Wading in the Gulf on Pass-A-Grille Beach, Florida.

Pass-A-Grille locals are easily overwhelmed by the population of visitors on almost any day. It's such a small community--only 22 short blocks long and one block wide from bay to Gulf. The entire length of Pass-A-Grille offers metered beach parking and boardwalks across the dunes to the beach.

A snack bar and local restaurants keep the visitors from getting hungry or thirsty and wandering back north to St. Pete Beach and all its commercial glory. There's a rock fishing jetty on the Gulf, a fishing pier on the bay, and stand-up paddleboard and bike rentals for anyone interested.

There are no big resorts or chain hotels in Pass-A-Grille; only mom & pop style one or two-level hotels. There are no buildings directly on the beach; all are across the narrow street and have a great view of the dunes and Gulf.

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Pass-A-Grille Beach with Shell Key visible in the distance.

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Boardwalk access to Pass-A-Grille Beach.

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The rock jetty at the south end of Pass-A-Grille offers average fishing and great sunsets.

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The Paradise Grill, centrally located, offers food and drink with live entertainment on the weekends.

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The calm waters of Pass-a-Grille beach are great for kids and older adults.

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The Hurricane Restaurant is a local landmark and is right across the street from the beach.

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Pass-A-Grille's 8th Avenue Historic District ia a great place to go for a stroll, grab a bite to eat, or buy a souvenir or piece of local artwork to take home.

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Looking north on Pass-A-Grille beach from the rock jetty.

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The Merry Pier on the bay side offers day trips to Shell Key, bike rentals, a bait shop, and is a pretty good fishing spot, day or night.

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The Shell Key Shuttle makes several trips back and forth to Shell Key each day carrying visitors.

Copyright: David McRee,