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8th Avenue Area Restaurants

The Brass Monkey: 709 Gulf Way, Pass-a-Grille (727)367-7620. Dine while overlooking the gulf.  Serving burgers, pizza, seafood, and wings. Open from 11:30am-10pm. thebrassmonkey.net

The Dewey: 109 8th Avenue (727) 228-1000; a Berkeley Beach Club’s Gulf Coast inspired restaurant featuring re-imagined beach cuisine, a destination driven wine list and craft cocktails that belong at the beach.berkeleybeachclub.com

Grace: 120 8th Avenue (727) 317-4770; serving a seasonal menu featuring specials weekly that have that beach feel. gracerestaurant.com

The Hurricane: 807 Gulf Way, (727) 360-9558; Offering the finest in fresh, wild-caught seafood in a tantalizing array of appetizers, entrees, drinks, and desserts. thehurricane.com

Maritana Grille: 3400 Gulf Blvd. (727)360-1882; includes coastal inspired cuisine prepared by Chef Jason Kohl, an extensive wine list, and delectable desserts. doncesar.com

Paradise Grille: 900 Gulf Way. (727) 954-8957; literally on the beach, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. paradisegrille.com

Paradise Sweets: 709 Gulf Way; (727) 360-5830, the source for fabulous coffee drinks, water, candy, snacks for the perfect touch to your beach trip. No website available.

Paradise to Go: 116 8th Ave; (727) 390-7020. Serving delicious bowls, creative crepes, sandwiches, bagel and so much more. No website available.

The Seahorse: 800 Pass-a-Grille Way; (727) 367-4292. Serving breakfast from 8:00am-2:30pm. Lunch begins at 11:30am. www.facebook.com/seahorse-restaurant-187756567911437/

21st Avenue Area Restaurants

Red, White, & Booze: 2007 Pass-a-Grille Way; (727) 360-3706. Fresh seafood and signature drinks. redwhiteboozepag.com

Shaner’s Land & Sea Market: 2000 Pass-a-Grille Way; (727) 367-4292. Groceries, meat and seafood for any occasion. shanerslandandsea.com Under renovation & closed, but due to reopen soon.

The Wharf Restaurant & Bar: 2001 Pass-a-Grille Way; located on the water. The perfect place for a drink and a bite to eat.wharfpag.com

Shopping


Visit historic 8th Avenue 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.

A Little Room For Art:  111 8th Avenue; An artists cooperative in its 13th year.

Bamboozle and ETC. 105 8th Ave; offering a wonderfully curated collection of natural fabric separates, coastal home accessories, clothing and an array of jewelry. No website available,

Dody Beach Boutique: 107 8th Ave, offering one-of-a kind home furnishings, swimwear for men and women, & jewelry. dodyboutique.com

Pass-A-Grille General Store: 808 Pass-A-Grille Way; old time general store and gift shop featuring gourmet candies, baskets, etc. No website available.

Evander Preston: 106 8th Avenue; a local crafter of fine jewelry. No website available.

Island  Way: 1000 Pass-A-Grille Way. coastal home decor and eyewear. No website available.

Paradiso: 104 8th Avenue; cigars, clothes, photos. No website available.

The Merry Pier Fish Market: If you would like to take some fresh seafood home without having to fish for it, stop at The Merry Pier and visit their Fish Market.

Gulf Beaches Historical Museum: 115 10th Avenue; The museum is in a former church that was constructed in 1917. The museum has been collecting, preserving, and sharing the history of the beach community since 1993.  It is not however, open on Mondays.  gulfbeachesmuseum.org

Links to additional information:

Shell Key Preserve.www.pinellascounty.org/park/managedlands/skp.htm

Shell Key Shuttle.www.shellkeyshuttle.com
Freebee Shuttle information: www.stpetebeach.org/273/freebee-shuttle-service
Freebee Map:www.stpetebeach.org/imagerepository/document?documentID=979
Gulf Beach Museum: Although only open on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, this link provides interesting information on the history of the area. www.gulfbeachesmuseum.org/.

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.

While we will leave the Pass-a-Grille area @ 6pm, you will have had enough leisure time to both shop and have dinner at a leisurely pace. 

This promises to be an unfettered, relaxing day combining a great beach, wonderful shopping and restaurants.

Getting around on your own if you want to go further than your feet will take you:

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. A shuttle may pick-up/drop-off anywhere within the boundaries. Download the app called “Freebee Travel.” https://www.stpetebeach.org/273/Freebee-Shuttle-Service

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.


Restrooms: located at 10th Avenue. Across from the Hurricane Restaurant.

Rentals (chairs, fishing, bicycles):

Sand Dunes Beach Services:  Rent a lounge chair for $10, an umbrella for $20, or an umbrella/cabana with two lounge chairs for $40.   This is the same rate offered in 2022….. inotherwords, NO increase.  :>)  While the beach depth doesn’t necessitate renting beach equipment, it will sure make it easier for you to hop off your chair, head into town for a bite, and come right back to your chair & umbrella.  Just a thought.  We will be providing an equipment count to Sand Dunes so that they will have everything setup for us when we arrive, but we WILL NOT be collecting in advance.


Fishing:


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 by the hour. Includes ½ lb. of bait and 1 rig replacement. The 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.

Excursion to Shell Key Preserve via the Shell Key Shuttle

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 spend a few hours of relaxation. For those beachcombers who love to explore-shelling, snorkeling, bird watching and viewing manatee--are all options. Please note, there are no facilities on the island. 

July 15Pass-a-Grille Beach
August 19Sand Key Park/Sunset on Pier 60

Catch the shuttle for Shell Key from Merry Pier at 12 or 2 pm. Shuttle returns at 2:15 & 4:15 pm, usually your choice. The cost is $30, and includes an umbrella, mask, and snorkel. You can bring your buggy with other needed gear.

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


* Be sure to include the mailbox number #110 because there are two BBC's at this Safe Ship Location.


You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp and ensure its timely arrival.

To print a copy of this invitation, click on the Blue Button. 

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.

I/we would like to go to Pass-a-Grille with the BBC on Monday, July 15th.  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.  _______

Please provide a phone number that the Club could use in the event we needed to

reach you during the beach outing:   ______________________________

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:  _________#

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

* Be sure to include the mailbox number #110 because there are two BBC's at this Safe Ship Location. You could instead hand your addressed envelope to a person at the counter at Safe Ship in Colony Plaza, saving you the stamp and ensure its timely arrival.

To get in on the fun, print the reservation form by clicking on the green button above.  On July 1st, we will conduct our lottery and you will be notified shortly thereafter of your seat confirmation or waitlist status. (This means your reservation & check must be at SafeShip by 2pm on June 29th)  Mail or drop the reservation form, along with your check (made out to the BBC) for $25.00 per person to:

2024 Beach Trips

If this is your FIRST EVER BBC tripThe BBC has a Liability Waiver specific to our club.  Please follow the link:  http://www.bbc32162.com/liability-waiver-1.html; click on the Blue Button to print the Liability Waiver and submit it with your reservation form.  If this is not your first trip,  please skip this step.


Return to The Villages​​


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 a couple of hours 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 more time to enjoy the wide variety of restaurants on Pass-a-Grille. You do not 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 2:00pm and 4:00pm 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 on board your bus to head home at 6:00pm.

Pass-A-Grille Beach

​Monday, July 15th

8:30 am to 8:00 pm