A little history: According to legend, it is thought that Pass-a-Grille derives its name from the French Passe aux Grilleurs, which means “the passageway of the grillers” in honor of the fisherman who used to grill their catch of the day on the shore when the island was still a post for pirates. Pass-a-Grille Beach, the Southernmost of Pinellas County’s barrier beaches, was the first beach community on the Gulf of Mexico to develop as a weekend residential spot for successful Tampa and St. Pete Beach, Pass-a-Grille Beach has long been considered the jewel in the crown of west coast beaches. Situated on the southern tip of Pinellas County, Pass-a-Grille is home to the famous “Hurricane” restaurant which overlooks the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
St Pete Beach, on the central gulf coast of Florida, has a small town atmosphere with plenty of vacation amenities within walking distance. St Pete Beach vacation rentals are just a few miles from St Petersburg, FL, and about 35 miles from Tampa, FL. St Pete Beach is just minutes away, and the area is renowned for spectacular rivers, nature preserves, state forests, world-class fishing and championship golf. St Pete Beach ranks as one of the best beaches in Florida, especially on the West Coast of Florida
The Gulf beaches are known for warm, white sands, pristine waters, palm trees, and dolphins.day and night activities. St Pete Beach Hotels and St Pete Beach Resorts offer accommodations on some of the best beaches directly on the Gulf of Mexico. St Pete Beach is not as populated with tourists as Clearwater Beach but still offers beautiful sunsets, popular nightlife, great restaurants & plenty of St Pete Beach Wave runners offer a riding experience unlike any in the Tampa Bay Area.
The Tadewinds Hotel/Resort is a tropical haven where guests can find peace and relaxation in style and comfort with superior service reflecting the spirit of American Samoa. Tradewinds Hotel offers a range of business and recreational facilities including a restaurant, bar, internet caf, conference facilities, gymnasium. St Pete Beach Florida has a great assortment of hotels and resorts. Don Cesar Is the hotel resort known as Florida’s Legendary Pink Palace since 1928, the luxury resort is revered internationally for its sprawling, sugar-white beach, unparalleled dining, rejuvenating Beach Club & Spa, fabulous fishing, children’s program, nearby tennis and golf. The Don Cesar has a long list of famous guests and has hosted every president since Gerald Ford (excluding Ronald Reagan) and also Franklin D. St Pete Beach is also know for hotels and resorts like the Tradewinds Hotel/Resort.
Another Place that is a great party hot spot restaurant on St Pete Beach is Jimmy B’s. Jimmy B’s Beach Bar caters to the upscale crowd so you better make sure you’re ready to roll. If you are looking for good food and good times on the water n St Pete beach you may consider the Sloppy Pelican. The Sloppy Pelican is one of St. Pete Beach’s newest waterfront bar & grill. A favorite for locals and visitors alike, our menu offers a wide variety that everyone is going to enjoy; from fresh seafood and pasta prepared from scratch, to the biggest burgers and tastiest nachos on the beach. Out of all the restaurants in St Pete Beach the Hurricane restaurant is one of the most popular. The Hurricane Restaurant: a landmark multi-storied restaurant/bar/entertainment complex is situated across the street from the beach right in the middle of Pass a Grille and keeps the hungry and thirsty beachgoers happy late into the evening.
Pass-A-Grille Beach is regarded by some as the ‘hidden gem’ of Tampa Bay’s beaches. It features prime location off the coast of St. Petersburg, and as a division of St. Pete Beach on its southern-most tip, it allows you to escape to the carefree, “Old Florida” island lifestyle, while still being close to the mainland.
Pass-A-Grille Beach is tucked off the beaten path, literally. If you’re heading down Gulf Boulevard, you go until you cannot go any further, and then veer to the right, merging onto Gulf Way. You’ll immediately know when you’re there. It looks pleasantly unfamiliar. Where St. Pete Beach is cluttered and chaotic with hotels and vacationers everywhere you look, this little town is peaceful and quiet. The pace of everyday life slows down.
You’ll notice people do a fair amount of walking in Pass-A-Grille. The historical downtown district lends itself to casual sunset strolls along the beach. You can pay to park at the metered parking and you’re your pick of where you want to go. There are eclectic shops, boutique hotels, locally-owned restaurants, homemade ice cream parlors, and art galleries up and down the streets of Pass-A-Grille.
Unlike St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island, Madeira Beach, and Clearwater Beach, where there are lots of Gulf front hotels and condominiums, Pass-A-Grille Beach has more unobstructed views of the water than any other beach in Pinellas. You can literally drive down Gulf Way at night and look out onto moonlit waters. You can stop, park, and get out at virtually any moment to take a stroll along the beach, or catch a bite to eat at the world-renowned Hurricane Seafood Restaurant.
A big reason the area has escaped vast commercial development and maintained its ‘Old Florida’ charm is because of its historical designation and because the community fought hard to keep Pass-A-Grille’s 31 blocks of real estate primarily residential. Because of this, you’ll see families everywhere. Fathers will take their sons and daughters to Merry Pier for fishing, which has been part of the Pass-A-Grille lifestyle for centuries.
Pass-A-Grille Beach was inhabited by the Tocobaga native Americans between 1,000 – 1,700 A.D., who enjoyed a fishing lifestyle. The Europeans who landed in 1528 also enjoyed the fishing lifestyle and found the area perfect for that very need. The name “Pass-a-Grille” actually comes from the French “Passe aux Grilleurs” which means ‘passageway of the grillers,’ with the grillers being fishermen who would cook their fish right on the shore.
In 1857’s visitors began vacationing in the area for short trips, with the first hotel and first ferry boat services being offered in 1886. Soon hotels began to sprout up along the Gulf Beaches. The wealthy began taking day and weekend trips to the area. The Gulf Beaches’ first church was built in 1917, and is now home to the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum.
Many homes that were built in the 1950s and 1960s are still their today and epitomize the old Florida ‘beach cottage.’ If you get the chance, take that turn off the beaten path and experience the charming beach town of Pass-A-Grille. You will most certainly fall in love, and possibly never want to leave.