John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk
In 1848, a French peasant-turned-pirate named John Levique was the first to travel through the newly created (due to a hurricane) pass and so the area came to be known as John’s Pass or to today’s locals as simply, “The Pass.”
This charming turn-of-the-century fishing village is the area’s most popular tourist attraction and more than 100 merchants call the family-centric Village home with restaurants, unique retail shops, boat rentals, dolphin watching and shelling tours, parasailing and jet skiing. Conveniently located near St. Petersburg, Clearwater and Tampa, The Pass is just a short drive from the Orlando area and it is open every day. Here is all the information you need to know to make the most out of your time at John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk (JPV&B).
Shell and Beach Walks
The entire family will enjoy a guided walking eco-tour led by a Florida Coastal Master Naturalist. A Shell and Beach Walk lasts around 90 minutes and you’ll learn about shells and how to identify them as well as learning about the local coastal environment including seabirds and sea turtles. The Walk ends around sundown and is a beautiful way to spend an afternoon on the beach and take in a fabulous west coast sunset.
On The Water
Who doesn’t adore dolphins? The Dolphin Quest tour cruises through the picturesque waters of Boca Ciega Bay on a 40-foot sightseeing tour boat which is a great way to explore the intercostal. Relax and experience the legend of John’s Pass, see the beautiful homes of Treasure Island and encounter the area’s playful residents—bottlenose dolphins—as they swim, jump and entertain your family. You can also take fishing tours or spectacular sunset cruises.
Water Sports On and Above The Water
There’s no better way to enjoy the gorgeous waters of the Gulf of Mexico than by being on it. Except maybe if you’re above it! Get a bird’s-eye-view of the sparkling Gulf from above by parasailing 400 hundred feet in the air. One, two, and three people can fly at a time and, depending on the day, you may be able to see St. Pete Beach, Treasure Island and Madeira Beach all the way up to Clearwater Beach. A true aerial adventure the whole family will love. If you like to keep your feet “on the ground” or at least, in the water rent a jet ski and enjoy a 15-mile radius of crystal waters to explore. You may spot dolphins or turtles right under your feet! You can rent kayaks and paddleboards as well.
Since you will be spending an entire day at John’s Pass, you’ll need to refresh yourselves with meals, beverages, and snacks. There are plenty of venues to choose from whether you are looking for a quick bite or a sit-down-and-relax repast to recharge yourselves for your next adventure. There are a couple of restaurants you’ve heard of and several seafood restaurants where you can indulge the freshest seafood around. And when you are done eating, head to the shopping area to get mementos and souvenirs from your glorious day at John’s Pass.