Want to know more? Links to additional information:
· Shell Key Preserve. https://www.pinellascounty.org/park/managedlands/skp.htm
· Freebee Shuttle information: https://www.stpetebeach.org/273/Freebee-Shuttle-Service
· Gulf Beach Museum: Although only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, this link provides interesting information on the history of the area. https://gulfbeachesmuseum.org/
Visit historic 8th Avenue, just across the street from the beach, which offers something for everyone. Complete your trip with shopping for souvenirs, local artists’ works, beach boutiques, and treasures in coastal, nautical and beach themes.
If you'd like to take some fresh seafood home, without having to fish for it, stop at The Merry Pier and visit their Fish Market.
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If this trip interests you and you are fully vaccinated prior to June 6th, print the reservation form** (click on green button below) and mail it along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $28 per person to the address below. On June 7th, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status. ** The reservation form (or a sheet of paper with all information from the form), is required.
Barefoot Beachcombers Club (‘BBC’ will also suffice)
333 Colony Blvd. #110
The Villages, FL 32162
The Merry Pier: For those not so interested in the beach or shopping, The Merry Pier, a fishing and boating site, offers fishing opportunities. Common catches are snapper, snook, flounder, redfish, etc.
Fishing rod rentals. $15 (+tax) for 4 hours. Includes ½ # of bait and 1 rig replacement. Number of rods is limited--1st come-1st served. Pier passes ($3.21/day) cover the fishing license requirement–for fishing on the pier only. For fishing on other locations, please call 888-347-4356 for an immediate license or go online at https://myfwc.com/.
Paradise Grille: 900 Gulf Way. This is the only restaurant located on the beach. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in an oceanside location. Opens at 8am. https://paradisegrille.com/
Paradise Sweets: 709 Gulf Way: Serves coffee & sweets. Opens at 10:00am.
2022 Beach Trips
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Liability Waiver: The BBC has a Liability Waiver specific to our club. This needs to be done only once, 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 or mail it with your reservation form and payment if you have not already previously completed the waiver.
**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.
Rentals and beach equipment
This quaint, beach town, located at the southern tip of St. Pete’s Beach is @ 2 hours from The Villages. Upon arrival you will find unique restaurants, bars, 8th Avenue shopping, fishing, and boating excursion options. There is no alcohol allowed on the beach and no lifeguard on duty.
The depth of the beach is short, allowing for ease of access from the beach to amenities and activities. The historic Merry Pier is a short walk (~3 blocks) from the beach. It is a great place to enjoy the ambience of this small town, catch the shuttle to Shell Key Island or go fishing.
For more information on this delightful town, please visit: https://www.visitpassagrille.com/
Since you will have the entire day at Pass-a-Grille, you'll be able to do any of these things, or all of these things! You can walk over to Merry Pier and board the Shell Key Shuttle to spend up to 4 fours in the pristine Shell Key Preserve; you can fish off the Merry Pier with their gear, or gear you brought from home; you can shop in the historic 8th Avenue area with its abundance of stores and restaurants; or you can hop on the FreeBee Shuttle service that serves the area at no cost and head up to the restaurants on 21st Avenue.
We will not be stopping for dinner on the way back to the Villages, allowing you to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants on Pass-a-Grille. You don't even have to leave the beach to eat, because Paradise Grill is situated on the sands of Pass-a-Grille Beach. But in case you do want to leave the beach, our buses will stop back at 3pm and 4:30pm so you can load up your beach gear and have both hands free for shopping or eating.
The only deadline you have all day is to be ready to board your bus to head home at 6:00pm.
There is no lifeguard on duty at Pass-a-Grille Beach. If you do not feel comfortable swimming without a lifeguard, then either skip this trip or don't swim!
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Excursion to Shell Key Preserve aboard the Shell Key Shuttle
Freebee, the free shuttle on the island makes getting around on Pass-A-Grille easy. The shuttle provides a free, door-to-door on-demand transportation service. Shuttle may pick-up/drop-off anywhere within the boundaries. Download the app called “Freebee Travel.”
Freebee runs along Gulf Blvd (north and south), beginning north at 75th Ave. to Pass-a-Grille Way at 21st Ave. then circles back on the southern end of the island on Gulf Way. See link to map below.
Getting Around on your own if you want to go further than your feet will take you:
Sand Dunes Beach Services,located on the North side of Paradise Grill on the beach; Rent an umbrella with 2 chairs for $30 or a single chair for $10.
The Merry Pier: https://merrypier.com/
Fishing rod rentals. $15 (+tax) for 4 hours. Includes ½ # of bait and 1 rig replacement. Number of rods is limited--1st come,1st served. Pier passes serve as the fishing license required for fishing on Merry Pier premises only. Otherwise, please call 888-347-4356 for an immediate license or go online at myfwc.com to obtain a license.
Bicycle rentals. $8.00 (+ tax) by the hour. Includes a helmet and a bike lock.
I/we would like to go to Pass-a-Grille with the BBC on Monday, June 20th. Enclosed is my $28 check (pp).
Print your name(s): __________________________________________________
PLEASE NOTE: The first lottery draw is limited to BBC Members only - not guests.
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. _______
Please provide a phone number that the Club could use in the event we needed to
reach you during the beach outing: ______________________________
I am or will be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 by June 6th ___________
Please provide the name of the Village where you live _____________________
I plan to rent _______# of chairs and ______# of umbrellas
I/we plan to go to Shell Key Preserve: _________#
Take a ride to the wild side! Shell Key Preserve, an undeveloped barrier island, just off the coast south of Pass-A-Grille protects marine habitat, houses shorebird nesting and is a quiet spot and a wildlife preserve.
The island offers shallow water for wading, shelling, and swimming, or you may want to just take a blanket and a book to enjoy a day of relaxation. For those beachcombers who want to explore–shelling, snorkeling, bird watching, and viewing manatee--are all options. Please note, there are no facilities on the island.
Catch the shuttle for Shell Key from Merry Pier at 12 or 2 pm. Shuttle returns at 2:15 & 4:15 pm, your choice.The cost is $25, and includes a beach umbrella, mask, and snorkel. You can bring your beach buggy with other needed gear.
Pass-a-Grille Beach --
with a side of Shell Key Preserve
Monday, June 20, 2022
8:30am - 8:00pm
21st Avenue Area: