Gators, Grub and Good times are waiting at John’s Pass Village

In 1848, a pirate named John LeVeque retired from pirating and was headed to his hideout on what is now Madeira Beach when he ran into a hurricane. 

The next morning, he realized his island had been cut in two by the storm and his buried treasure was gone forever. However there was a new pass between The Gulf of Mexico and the intracoastal waterway. John LeVique was the first person to ever sail through what is now known as John’s Pass.

Today, hundreds of boats use John’s Pass to access the Gulf of Mexico everyday. 
And thousands of tourists visit John’s Pass Village and Boardwalk. John’s Pass Village is a piece of Old Florida updated for the 21st Century.

The 1,100-foot boardwalk along the intracoastal waterway attracts restaurant goers and ocean lovers from sunrise to sunset. Over 100 merchants populate the Village with unique retail shopping and a wide variety of restaurants. 

John’s Pass Village has more to eat, drink, see and do than anywhere on the Gulf Beaches. From Clearwater to Pass-a-Grille, our white sandy beaches attract millions of visitors each year. John’s Pass is right in the heart of it all. So when you’re ready to take a break from the beach you can dine dockside, shop for souvenirs, people watch, bird watch, even dolphin watch. With so much to do, be careful, your visit could turn into a full day of fun.

The Alligator Attraction is the perfect place to get up close and personal with some very exotic animals. You’ll see exotic fish, turtles, tortoises, snakes, and spiders. You can take a selfie with a sloth. You can even Kiss a Gator!

Grab a cocktail and watch the sunset from a 70-foot long bar. Our shops specialize 
in all things Florida. You’ll find island apparel, surf shops, coastal art, homemade ice cream, local wine, even mini donuts.

A favorite hang out for great food and unique craft beers is Mad Beach Brewing. Mad Beach is a full brewpub with a Caribbean and Southern inspired menu.

You’ll find every conceivable type of beach and water activity at John’s Pass Village. 
Spend the day on the water while playing pirate on your very own pirate ship!

You can rent a jet ski, go parasailing, take a cruise to see dolphins and the sunset, charter a sailboat or fishing boat, or ride a high-powered racing boat!
And it’s all right across the street from our famous white sand beach.

The annual John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival is a one-of-a-kind experience. 
It’s the largest festival in Florida featuring non-stop music, amazing seafood, and now a family friendly Kid Zone on the beach. And for 37 years in a row, it’s been FREE! For more information go to

Every year, John’s Pass offers a full schedule of fun events to enjoy. We host Paddy’s in the Pass, Pirate Days Pub Crawl, Jingle Bell Tournament and Tree Lighting, Lighted Boat Parade, and the Ugly Sweater Pub Crawl.

Best of all parking is a breeze. There is metered on-street parking featuring Park Mobile and a new state-of-the-art multi-level parking garage. Open seven days week, John’s Pass Village is the #1 tourist attraction in Pinellas County. Located at 12901 Gulf Blvd. in Madeira Beach, Florida. Visit us at