There is also a narrated dolphin watching boat tour ($22.50) at noon and 2:00, www.boattoursjohnspass.com/dolphin-quest-tour. The boat travels the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay for 1 ½ hrs.
2020 Beach Trips
Get lost in your search for Tampa Bay’s most exquisite wildlife as the wake of the Dolphin Quest sightseeing tour invites our featured guests to join us in a playful ride. Revel in the wonder of nature as Florida’s coastal creatures curiously make appearances for stunning photo opportunities and serene scenic memories. Capture the images of Ibis families poking for food, brown pelicans or bald eagles taking flight over the boat, a female manatee and calf feeding on vegetation, a Great Blue Heron catching fish, and so much more.
If you’d like to assure yourself of a seat on this 35-passenger boat, call for a reservation at 727-392-7090 and arrange payment.
You might also enjoy a visit to the Florida Winery at 12945 Village Boulevard in John’s Pass where magic happens! All of their wines are made right there in house. Just steps from the beach you’ll find the most unique winery on earth. Beach real estate isn’t cheap so they squeeze a lot of wine out of a small space--about 900 sq ft.! They use three 2000-liter jacket fermentation tanks and nine 2000-liter racking and aging tanks. All of the bottling is done by hand right in the front window. With 20 varieties being produced and about 50 awards won in their first 4 years it’s obvious they make great use of the limited space they have. You can even buy alcoholic slushes and wine ice cream.
Just be sure to allot time for dinner at one of the following restaurants, several of which are new since our last visit, so you can sleep happily content on the way home.
Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill Addicted to the Bean
13025 Village Boulevard 152 129th Ave W
Bubba Gump Shrimp Company DeLosa’s Pizzeria
185 Boardwalk Place W 12800 Village Boulevard
Shrimp, dixie-style baby back ribs Hand-tossed New York style pizza, salads, pasta
Friendly Fisherman Lounge Hooters
150 John’s Pass Boardwalk 192 W Boardwalk Pl E
Bar, karaoke, live music
MAD Beach Craft Brewing Co MAD Pub
12945 Village Boulevard 12293 Village Blvd
Sculley’s Boardwalk Grille Pirate’s Pub & Grille
190 John’s Pass Boardwalk 114 Johns Pass Boardwalk
O'Shucks Seafood & Grill Cuban Paradise Cigars & Cafe
111 Boardwalk Place W 12933 Village Blvd
Lobster rolls, grouper sandwiches Bar and restaurant
Walt'z Fish Shack Wild Seafood Company
224 Boardwalk Place 215 Boardwalk Pl E
East end of the village . . . a unique “don’t miss”
As always, specific trip details will be e-mailed to you on the Thursday before this trip.
Liability Waiver: The BBC has a revised Liability Waiver specific to our club. Even if you have signed a liability release form in the past for our club, we are asking that you sign the revised one. This will only need to be done one time; not yearly as in the past. Please click on link below, print and sign, and give the form to your bus leader on this trip.
Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162
You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp.
As you can see, it’s a pretty wide beach so carrying your personal chairs, umbrellas, and coolers might be a foreboding task if you wish to be set up right at water's edge. There is a company on-site that is offering us two chairs, an umbrella and a table for $25. I would need to notify them ten days in advance of the number of chairs/umbrellas we need, so I will ask about your interest in such equipment on the below application form.
There are restrooms in the parking lot, but they can be a 4-minute walk from the water’s edge. Procrastinators take heed!
You might want to bring your lunch from home and then enjoy a Village restaurant for dinner.
We chose Madeira Beach, in large part, due to its short walk to John’s Pass Village, a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village. Visit www.Johnspass.com, where over 100 merchants offer unique retail shopping and a good variety of restaurants. So once you’ve had enough fun in the sun and sea, you can walk across the road (actually, under the bridge we came in on) to enjoy all this Village has to offer.
If you’ve used your own beach equipment, you can drop it off as you pass by your bus on the way to the Village.
So consider joining us on Monday, March 16, from 8:30-8:30 on a return to lovely Madeira Beach, located on a chain of barrier islands that run along the Gulf Coast of the Tampa Bay area.
Madeira Beach has a total area of 3.3 square miles, 1.0 square mile of land and 2.2 square miles of water. The City’s slogan is "Two Miles Long and a Smile Wide." Let’s add our smiles to that measure!
|Madeira Beach & John's Pass Village|
|May ||Multi-day trip to Bonita Springs|
We haven’t been to Madeira Beach since March 2017 and we hear they’re really missing us.
Sit back and relax on comfortable waterfront seats as you take in the legend of John’s Pass, view the beautiful homes of Treasure Island and meet our most playful residents—the bottlenose dolphins! Watch them swim, jump and entertain you throughout your experience on the Dolphin Quest!
If this trip interests you, print the reservation form (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $28per person to the address below. On March 6th, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.
**To open the printable versions, move your cursor to the left hand side of the blue or green button. Your cursor will then turn into a hand. Once it does, click on the button and the print version will open in a new window.
I/we would like to go to Madeira Beach with the BBC on March 16th. Enclosed is my $28 check (pp).
Print your name(s): ________________________________________________________
I/we wish to be on the bus with these friends (name up to four) ____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
I/we still have a credit with the BBC and I would like to use that credit. _________
We wish to reserve two lounge chairs, an umbrella and table for $25 ______________ (check here if interested and include the $25 fee now.)