John’s Pass Village & Boardwalk in Madeira Beach is a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village that is now home to over one hundred shops, restaurants, and bars. With a variety of restaurants and a marina that is the launching point for pirate ship cruises, parasailing, casino crusies, boat and jet ski rentals, John’s Pass is the perfect day out when visiting Madeira Beach. The best thing about John’s Pass is the boardwalk. Take a stroll along the waterfront and watch boats going in and out of John’s Pass. If you are in the mood for parasailing, fishing, jet-skiing, boat rentals, or taking a sunset or casino cruise, this is the place to be.
The boardwalk is lined with unique retail shops. Stop by “Pirates of the Pass Old Time Photos” where you and your family can don historic costumes (Old West, Pirate, or Civil War) and have a professional portrait taken as a souvenir of your visit. Check out “The Shipwreck Store” and find coins and items from authentic ship wrecks, including hte SS Republic, as well as pirate toys and T-shirts.
There are sandwich shops and sit-down restaurants like The Friendly Fisherman and Sculley’s. Grab a seat outside at Sculley’s to watch dolphins swimming by while you eat. Another new restaurant that you can’t pass up is the new Bubba Gump Shrimp Restaurant that is a restaurant based on the movie “Forest Gump”. Bubba Gump Shrimp opened at Madeira Beach in July 2008 and offers great views of the gulf and the new drawbridge over John’s Pass, connecting Madeira Beach to Treasure Island.