Gulf Boulevard and 144th Avenue, Madeira Beach, FL 33708
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Often described as "two miles long and a smile wide," Madeira Beach is located virtually in the middle of Pinellas County's beaches. It is a complete destination city with hotels and motels, condominiums, single-family homes, apartment complexes, lots of stores, restaurants and, of course, the famed John's Pass Fishing Village.
Madeira Beach is blessed with easy access to its beaches from several public parks, as well as from public beach access points scattered throughout its length. Restrooms and showers can be found at Archibald Beach Park, as well as at John's Pass Park/South Beach, and a county park on Gulf Boulevard. Some have pavilions, as well, where you can get out of the sun.
Also of note, Madeira's beaches are among the few in the county where you can openly drink alcohol -- just be sure it is in a plastic container. The only exceptions are on any of the city's beach easements, the picnic shelter at Archibald Park, Kitty Stuart Park or any of the city's beach parking lots where open containers of alcohol are banned.
Madeira Beach is known most of all for John's Pass Village where visitors can shop for the ubiquitous T-shirt, visit art galleries, dine at a variety of restaurants, rent watercraft, sail out for a day of charter fishing in the Gulf of Mexico and even go on a "ghost tour." Each summer, the Village celebrates its discovery during the pirate-themed John Levique Days festival.
Parking is not an issue in Madeira Beach. Although not free, spaces can be found at John's Pass Village, Archibald Park, Kitty Stuart Park, the county park and at public beach access points up and down the beach city.