2017 Beach Trips

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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 $25 per person to the address below.  On February 24th, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status.

As you can see, it’s a pretty wide beach so carrying your personal chairs, umbrellas, and coolers might be a foreboding task.  There is a company on-site that is offering us two chairs and an umbrella for $20.  I would need to notify them two weeks 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 nearby, but they can be a 4-minute walk from the water’s edge.  Procrastinators take heed!

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. 

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. 

We haven’t been to Madeira Beach since July 2014,  and we hear they’re really missing us.

February 20

March 20
Madeira Beach & John's Pass Village
March 26 - April 9
Cruises to Cuba & Dominican Republic
April 3
Quarterly meeting at Seabreeze, 7 PM
April 17
Anna Maria Island
May 8-10
3 day/2 night trip to Venice, Enlgewood & Gasparilla Island

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I/we would like to go to Madeira Beach with the BBC on March 20th.  Enclosed is my $25 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 and an umbrella for $20  ______________ (check here if interested and include the $20 fee now.)

Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162

So consider joining us on Monday, March 20, 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!

There is also a local fishing fleet (to whet your appetite) and a dolphin watching boat tour ($17.50) at noon and 2:00. (www.boattoursjohnspass.com/dolphin-quest-tour).  The boat travels the picturesque Boca Ciega Bay for 1 ½ hrs.  Watch its playful residents—bottlenose dolphins—swim, jump, and entertain you.  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.!  It’s not a lot of room but it is enough for them to create the most amazing libations known to man.  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.

Just be sure to allot time for dinner at one of the following restaurants so you can sleep happily content on the way home.

Bamboo Beach Bar & Grill                      Brown Boxer Pub & Grille
  13025 Village Boulevard                        15000 Madeira Way

  www.bamboobeachbar.com                    https://www.facebook.com/brownboxermadeira
  One of Florida’s oldest bars                   Tampa Bay’s premiere Sports Pub and Grille    


  Bubba Gump Shrimp Company               DeLosa’s Pizzeria
  185 Boardwalk Place W                          12800 Village Boulevard

  www.bubbagump.com                            www.delosaspizza.com
  Shrimp, dixie-style baby back ribs           Hand-tossed New York style pizza, salads, pasta

  Friendly Fisherman Lounge                      Hub’s Raw Bar & Tavern
  150 John’s Pass Boardwalk                     150 John’s Pass Boardwalk
  www.gofriendlyfisherman.com                  johnspassvillage.net/portfolio/hubs-oyster-nar-tavern/

  Bar, karaoke, live music                           The best Raw Bar on the island      
  Sculley’s Boardwalk Grille                         Pirate’s Pub & Grille
  190 John’s Pass Boardwalk                      114 Johns Pass Boardwalk                                                                       

  www.sculleysrestaurant.com                    www.yelp.com/biz/pirates-pub-and-grub-madeira-beach

  The Hut Restaurant and Tiki Bar               VFW Hall Post #4256
  John’s Pass Boardwalk                             12901 Gulf Blvd.,                                                   

  www.thehutbarandgrille.com                     Bar and restaurant
  The Gulf Beaches’ Largest Waterfront Bar & Tiki Hut

                                       Waltz Fish Shack  

                                       224 Boardwalk Place 


                                       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.  Hopefully they will answer any questions you may have at this time.