Are you ready for a beach vacation? but are a little wary of those crowded beaches that you have seen on Television? Are you afraid that a less popular beach may not have all the beach experiences that you and your family want in a beach vacation? What if I told you that you can still social distance on a great Florida beach and still be able to enjoy great restaurants and a whole lot of fun beach activities? On Florida’s west-central coast and on the beautiful clear warm waters of The Gulf of Mexico, there is such a beach.
The beaches of Pinellas county Florida are some of the most popular beach destinations in the entire state, but all the way down on the south end of this popular stretch of coastline there is somewhat of a hidden gem, named Pass-A-Grille Beach.
You can call the majestic and historic, Don Cesar Hotel, the Gateway to Pass-A-Grille, as the road to Pass-A-Grille takes you right under it’s grand walkway.
John and I spent the day at Pass-A-Grille basking in the sun and playing in the absolutely clearest water you can imagine.
A big plus in my book for this beach is the short walk from the car to the beach. The beach itself is not very wide at all, giving you the opportunity to set up for the day right at waters edge.
Notice the Beautiful backdrop of the Don Cesar Hotel in this picture?
We rented two beach chairs and an umbrella for the day at a cost of $30. I hate lugging a lot of stuff from the car to the beach, even with the short walk, to me the rental is well worth it. I like to go light with one beach bag and a small cooler, which gives us a great excuse to seek out a great beach restaurant. I mean, we are going to get hungry, right? I love finding great places to eat at the beach and Pass-A-Grille, certainly has a selection of them.
Because of Covid19, John and I are still a little cautious when it comes to inside dining, so we chose to eat at The Paradise Grill, which was just steps away from our cozy spot on the beach. With beach deck seating, entertainment, and good food, it turned out to be an excellent choice. Usually, food right on the beach is just ok but we were pleasantly surprised by how good our meal turned out to be. Oh, and by the way, the musical entertainment was great and could be heard from the water. The selections of Jimmy Buffet and other tropical tunes being played, added a generous dose of the good life feeling to the day.
I have an elderly mother, that has trouble getting around without assistance so the one thing I am always on the lookout for is, access for the disabled. Pass-A-Grille Beach’s Parking area is steps away from the sand and the beach is narrow, making it a good choice for the person who can not walk long distances. Beach Wheel Chair rentals are also available.
The Pass-A-Grille Beach stretch has a quaint little downtown area, with shops and dining. Another nice thing about this little piece of paradise is that there are no big hotel chains, but numerous small mom and pop type hotels, beach cottages, vacation condos or full-size vacation homes.
Sunsets over the Gulf of Mexico are always memorable, but at Pass-A-Grille they add a little tradition to it, by the nightly ringing of the bell.
Item of note: There is a fee to park. We spent 16.25 for 5 hours
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