Pass-A-Grille, Florida

pass-a-grille beachDiscovered and named by Spanish explorers in the 1500's, Pass-a-Grille is nestled between the Gulf of Mexico and Boca Ciega Bay, at the southern end of St Pete Beach. Dolphin cruises, unique shops, basketball courts, fine dining and casual eateries are all within a short walk of the “Inn on the Beach”. This history of the neighborhood plays a vital part in the identity of its residents. If you have lived Pass-A-Grille for many years, the neighborhood history is a heartfelt reminder of days gone by. The Pass-a-Grille peninsula is only a block wide making restaurants, small art galleries, antique shops, the exclusive Evander Preston jewelry shop, boutiques and sundries, ice cream and coffee all within a short neighborhood walk.  Park the car, unpack the flip flops and stay a while.  Whether you seek a seascape adventure vacation or quiet rejuvenation time, you can find it in the unspoiled community of Pass-A-Grille. Only a few inns are available for cozy accommodation so many of those who have been lucky enough to find this treasure make sure to book their next vacation before they leave. With all the glory, affordability and loyal visitors, you may find booking options limited, but it’s worth the effort and worth the trip. There's plenty to do right on the island. Go on an exciting Dolphin Encounter Cruise, a relaxing Sunset Cruise or an Island Cruise to a deserted beach accessible only by boat. There are all kinds of water sports to keep you wet. Just over the bridge in St. Petersburg you can go on Dinner Cruises, visit The St. Petersburg Pier, Sunken Gardens and world class museums.

Pass-A-Grille is truly a special find that you will want to return to again and again.



History of Pass-a-Grille

For 10,000 years, Indians hunted the praires and fished the waters of what later became Pass-A-Grille. The last group of Native Americans to settle in the Pinellas County area were the Tocobagas around 1,000 - 1,700 AD. This area was first visited by Europeans in 1528 when the Spanish Explorer, Panfilo de Narvaez anchored off Pass-A-Grille pass. Afterwards, the island was used as a camp ground for fisherman to obtain fresh water and to grill their catch. According to legend, it is thought that Pass-A-Grille derives it's name from the French Passe aux Grilleurs. In 1857, John Gomez self styled 'last of the pirates', began bringing excursionists here from Tampa which gave this area the distinction of perhaps being the oldest resort on Central Florida's West Coast. Zephaniah Phillips, the first homesteader settled here in 1886 and by the turn of the Century Pass-A-Grille had it's first hotel and a ferry boat service from what is now Gulfport. The town of Pass-A-Grille Beach was incorporated into the city of St. Petersburg Beach in 1957 and in 1989 a section of Pass-A-Grille was declared a National Historic District.

The Beach

Think miles of beach, powdery sand and stunning views of the Gulf of Mexico. At the southernmost point of the beach, fisherman hang their poles over the pier. Along the shore, sea shell enthusiasts comb the sand for some of the most unique and exquisite shells in the area. At dusk, watch the pinkish orb of the sun sink into the water.

Geography

Located on the southern end of St. Pete Beach, south of the historic Don CeSar Hotel, Pass-a-Grille is but one block wide and 31 blocks long. The village is bordered by the bay on one side and the Gulf of Mexico on the other. A little history: According to legend, it is thought that Pass-a-Grille derives its name from the French Passe aux Grilleurs, which means "the passageway of the grillers" in honor of the fisherman who used to grill their catch of the day on the shore when the island was still a post for pirates. The town of Pass-a-Grille Beach was incorporated into the city of St. Petersburg Beach in 1957 and in 1989 a section of Pass-a-Grille was declared a National Historic District.

When to go

Summer and Fall are low season and most affordable.  Cooler breezes and lowest prices in October/November/December.

How to get there

see our directions... Fly into Tampa International airport.  Rental car is recommended.  Several options located at the airport or take a shared ride van via Super Shuttle (approximately $25 one way per person).  If you are driving, take Highway 275 to Pinellas Bayway. Take the bayway until it ends at the Don Cesar – a large historic pink hotel, and make a left onto Gulf Boulevard.  Gulf boulevard turns into Pass-a-Grille way and then you have arrived.

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