John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

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With 100 shops, restaurants and attractions plus a full-service marina, you can expect to have a day full of fun at John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk.

Local lore has it that John’s Pass was created by a 1848 hurricane and discovered by entrepreneur (some say pirate) John Levique. A lot has changed since those Florida pioneer days, but the pass between the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico remains, and the boardwalk, shops and restaurants that make up John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk have become a treasured landmark in Madeira Beach for visitors and locals alike. This much-loved attraction is just a stone's through from Madeira Beach, named the #9 Beach in the U.S. by Tripadvisor in 2021.

a family dines outside at Waltz Fish Shak restaurant at John's Pass Village & Boardwalk in Madeira Beach

Fresh Seafood and Outdoor Dining

Casual, waterfront dining is the name of the game at John’s Pass, and most of the restaurants here focus on fresh, local seafood. If you happen to be in town January 22 - 24, 2021, you'll have an opportunity to sample lots of different kinds of delicious varieties at the John's Pass Seafood Festival. Any time of year, sit outside at the Friendly Fisherman’s Dockside Lounge and watch the fishing fleet come in (you may see dolphins, too!). Looking for a sports bar vibe with an option of outdoor deck seating? If so, choose Gator’s Cafe and Saloon. If you’re feeling “tiki,” check out The Hut Bar & Grill with its 70-foot dock, water views, extensive tropical drinks menu and live music seven days a week. Walt’z Fish Shak has a “catch of the day” chalkboard menu and is housed in one of the few buildings remaining from the original fishing village. Other options for dining include Bubba Gump Shrimp Company and Mad Beach Fish House. Save room for ice cream  and sweets - you’ll find several places to treat yourself after your meal. 

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Cruises, Watersports & Boat Rentals

John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk sits on a pass that runs between Boca Ciega Bay and the Gulf of Mexico - so it’s a natural launching point for water adventures. Book a parasail excursion, or head out on your own by renting a powerboat, paddleboard, Jet Ski or Waverunner. Hoping to relax, enjoy the scenery and sip a tropical drink? The Calypso Breeze triple-decker boat offers sightseeing, lunch and dinner cruises (tip: arrive early to score a spot on the open-air top deck). Want bragging rights to a unique adventure? Take a floating bar tour with Florida Tiki Tours - just grab five of your closest friends and get ready for an unforgettable time. Hubbard’s Marina offers fishing excursions, sunset cruises and ferry rides to Egmont Key.

man deep-sea fishing off Madeira Beach


The Hubbards family has been fishing local waters since 1928, meaning they’re the perfect folks to take you out on a fishing charter or party fishing boat. Day and night trips range from five to 44 hours in length, aiming for snapper, grouper, amberjack and shark. Excursions depart from Hubbard’s Marina, which also offers a variety of boat cruises as well as kayak and paddleboard rentals. Lady Godiva Fishing Charters and Early Riser Charters are two additional fishing charters that work right out of John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk.

John's Pass Pirate Ship

Family Adventures

Kids of all ages love seeing dolphins! Good thing the John’s Pass area offers several dolphin watching tours (there’s even one that includes shelling and snorkeling, too). If you’re traveling with young children, the Pirate Ship Tour is a can’t-miss swashbuckling adventure with an entertaining pirate crew and lots of onboard fun. Want some old-fashioned arcade fun? Stop in with the kids at Beach Fun and Games for 30 games including classics such as skee-ball and air hockey. Ever kissed an alligator? Here’s your chance at the Alligator Attraction, where you’ll also find more than 150 other rescued animals including pigs, skunks and lizards. If you're kids are crazy about sharks, plan to cruise on the Shark Boat (the front of the boat is shaped like a giant great white shark's head).


Explore John's Pass Village & Boardwalk

Check out how one visit can turn into a full day of fun!

John's Pass Pelicans

Fishing Boat Sentries

Brown pelicans wait for the fishing boats to dock each day at John's Pass.

John's Pass Deep Sea Fishing

Go Fish

Set out for an unforgettable deep-sea fishing adventure and the chance to reel in a big catch.

John's Pass Art Decor

Quirky Art

Peruse unique art and decor while strolling through the rustic fishing village.

John's Pass Tiki Hut

Happy Hour at The Hut

Soak in stunning sunsets and enjoy tiki hut vibes with a frozen cocktail or two.

a man orders crawfish at the John's Pass Seafood Festival

A Festival of Seafood!

The popular John's Pass Seafood Festival will be back this coming winter! Mark your calendars for January 22-24, 2021 to enjoy fresh seafood and lots of fun!

John's Pass Seafood Festival

Lobster Tales

Enjoy a delicious meal of fresh seafood caught in local waters.

John's Pass Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

Pick up cute keepsakes or shop for beach apparel at small boutiques along the boardwalk.

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Location & Contact

12901 Gulf Blvd
Madeira Beach, FL 33708
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Phone: 727-394-0756

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