Barefoot Beach Club at Madeira Beach is one of the most popular hotels on the beach. Enjoy fabulous views of the Gulf from your Beach Front Studio or keep an eye on the family from your Tropical Poolside Studio. This area of beach features some of the most pristine sand from St. Pete to Clearwater! Located only 2 blocks to historic John’s Pass Village (5 min walk), you will find many local shops, restaurants and bars throughout John’s Pass!
This barrier island community is what you get when you cross an Old Florida fishing village with a lively (but not rowdy) beach town. In fact, Madeira Beach was named the No. 9 Beach in the U.S. by Tripadvisor for 2021. Save a day or more to explore John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk, a rustic waterfront complex with over 100 shops, restaurants and water recreation businesses. From John’s Pass, catch a dolphin cruise or pirate-themed cruise, rent a boat or jet-ski, or even hop on a floating tiki bar.
Waterfront Dining in St. Pete/Clearwater
Keep the beach vibe going on your vacation by dining out at a popular cafe, tiki bar or upscale restaurant right on the water. From laid-back beach bars along the Gulf beaches to downtown St. Pete restaurants with a view of Tampa Bay, you’ll have plenty of waterfront dining options. All of the restaurants on our list offer patio dining or outdoor deck seating (and most have an indoor option, too). Try the renowned garlic crab fries at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, right on the beach, or for a less casual cafe vibe and more tropical paradise, visit Caddy’s in Madeira Beach, and indulge in ice-cold drinks, tasty food, and frequent live music. If fine dining is more your speed, but you want to stay close to the sea, try Gulf Bistro with a laid-back feel with fine French dining.
The Gulp Coast
In a sea of destinations offering good craft beer, St. Pete/Clearwater is truly a stand-out. Here, more than 35 locally owned breweries make up what is called the “Gulp Coast” – an incomparable vacation spot where you can sample the unique creations of talented brewmasters. Click here to access your digital Gulp Coast Passport, choose your designated driver and start exploring the Gulp Coast.
Beyond the beaches, St. Pete/Clearwater has a plethora of activities to enjoy – be it a walking tour of the colourful urban murals in the Downtown area, a visit to the world-renowned Dalí Museum, a visit to the Tropicana Field Stadium to watch the Tampa Bay Rays play Major League baseball, a visit to the recently expanded Clearwater Marine Aquarium (Florida’s Marine Life Rescue Centre), food tours in the Edge District, a glass-blowing class at the Morean Arts Centre, or visit a craft beer brewery – you’ll have the choice of over 40! Click here to read more about St. Pete/Clearwater!
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