Pass-a-Grille Beach is a wide stretch of white sand on the scenic Gulf Coast where you can enjoy a relaxing, old-school beach atmosphere. The area rarely gets overcrowded. It’s a great family spot, well-maintained and with all necessary amenities.
Dogs are not allowed but there is a dog beach at the south end – if you have a furry friend, go there. If you want to stay away from the hustle and bustle of city life and recharge your batteries, Pass-a-Grille is the place of choice.
You can find plenty of parking in front of the beach. Sometimes it’s free but usually, you have to pay for it at special kiosks ($2.75 per hour). In high season, it is better to get to the beach early to get a parking space easily. There are public restrooms, showers, and changing rooms available.
Eating and Shopping
Nearby, there are plenty of seafood restaurants, bars, and beach boutiques so you can add shopping and dining out to the list of your holiday activities (the best spot for that is 8th Avenue). You can also order some fairly priced food and drinks on-site, at the Paradise Grill. On weekends, they have live music and craft vendors on the patio.
Sand and Water
There are a few spots offering beach chairs and umbrellas for rent. The sand is clean and soft, good for children’s games. Moreover, there are plenty of shells to collect – kids will definitely have a blast! Both sand and water will provide you with some fabulous collectibles.
However, there are no lifeguards on the beach, so please exercise caution whenever you and your children are in the water. There may be rip currents, especially near the pier. Otherwise, swimming in these clear waters is a very enjoyable activity.
There is the Gulf Beaches Historical Museum where you can learn about the history of the region through exhibited photographs and old postcards.
It’s a popular fishing place where you can exercise your fishing skills and get a catch of tarpon, snook, snapper, amberjack, etc. If you’re not a fisher, you can just stroll over the water, look for Bottlenose dolphins and pelicans, or watch the charter boats coming and going. Merry Pier is a departure point for boat tours to Shell Key Preserve.
Great news for dog owners! There is a little dog beach at the south end where visitors are allowed to bring their four-legged friends.
The south end of the beach has traditionally been an LGBTQ-friendly area. It embraces the beach strip from 8th to 1st Ave. There are also some gay bars nearby.
- 40 minutes from Tampa, FL
- 1 hour 55 minutes from Fort Myers, FL
- 2 hours from Orlando, FL
Additionally, there's a number of beaches near Pass-a-Grille Beach which you can visit: