DOG BEACH at 1st Ave & Pass-A-Grille Way
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The International LGBTQ Beach Guide
By boat: Just follow the chart to Pass-A-Grill Beach and drop anchor. Raise the Pride or Cocktail flags and you're all set for some fun.
By car: just use the map above or GPS for details. There are more than 20 blocks of beach side parking and side street (limited) parking is available also however, it is $2.25 an hr. The road improvements (new paving) on Pass-A-Grill Way is almost completed but the trip is worth it.
By Central Avenue Trolley (CAT): Remove the stress of driving and parking fees from your day of fun in the sun. The PSTA CAT Trolley is just $2.25 one way from Central Plaza (Grand Central Terminal) on Central Ave and takes about 45 minutes one way. You can bring your bike (space permitting) for free. Click HERE for PDF map and times. Pass-A-Grille is letter "D" and Central Plaza (Grand Central) is letter "B" on the map. The CAT leaves Central Plaza from GATE "F" and ALL PSTA route schedules can be found at the information booth. FREE with valid STUDENT ID.
BEYOND St. Pete? (Tampa, Ocala, Orlando, Naples) FREE PARKING from 8pm - 8am 7 days a week
By car: From the 275 Freeway take the 54 Ave. South exit WEST (drive to The Gulf of Mexico) to the end (The Don CeSar will be directly in front of you). Turn LEFT on Pass-A-Grille Way and take it to 8th Ave OR use map above. HOWEVER, you can drive to Central Plaza and park where ever you can then walk to Central Plaza for the CAT Trolley (Gate "F") to Pass-A-Grille Beach.
CLICK IMAGES BELOW TO ENLARGE and for information
HURRICANE IRMA UPDATE: The area is OK however, there was some beach erosion.
Pass-a-Grille is a neighborhood at the southern end of St. Pete Beach in Pinellas County, Florida. The beach community includes the Pass-a-Grille Historic District, Gulf Beaches Historical Museum, and Pass-A-Grille Beach. The small beach town includes restaurants, retailers, and waterfront areas on the Gulf of Mexico as well as the intercoastal waterway. It is located on a barrier island just south of the famous Don CeSar Hotel (The Pink Hotel)
The local road improvement project is almost complete with new drainage pipes and new paving along the main road of Pass-A-Grille Way, thereby making this the newest beach hot spot in Pinellas County. More than 20 blocks of beach side parking, Mass Transit via C.A.T. Trolley, Shops, Bars, Restaurants, rooftop dinning, cocktails at sunset with small inns and hotels across the street of the beach. Day or night - with the growing LGBTQ population moving to the Tampa Bay / St. Pete Metro Area, this is destined to become the largest LGBTQ Beach hot spot on the west coast of Florida. If you can get to Central Avenue (from The Pier to Central Plaza - PSTA Bus Terminal) then you CAN get to the beach. FREE with valid student ID.
PSTA CAT TROLLEY * : Basic info. For details use links above.
Mon. - Fri. Sat.,Sun. & Holidays
Departs Central 6:30 am 6:10 am
Arrives Pass-A-Grille 7:15 am 6:50 am
Departs Pass-A-Grille 10:50 pm 11:00 pm
Arrives Central 11:35 pm 11:45 pm
KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Before you head out for fun in the sun with your friend(s), boyfriend(s) or family Know BEFORE You Go...
* The PSTA CAT Trolley times are 1st to leave & last to arrive Central Plaza and bus passes are available at any CVS, Amscot or Central Plaza.
Copyright © December 2016 Robert Brandon Sandor. All rights reserved.
PRESS RELEASE (the short version): With all the negative news and hate coming at us from all sides, I just wanted to create something to help make our LGBTQ and LGBTQ Friendly lives a little better.
Pass-A-Grille LGBTQ History:
This area of Pass-a-Grille was the gay beach long before Bedrox and the popularity of Sunset Beach. The Hurricane was an open-to-the-beach gay bar called Jack's 809. On 8th, around the corner was the Lighted Tree (earlier Georgia's) and a gay guesthouse.....the area became more difficult to visit by the imposition of permit-required parking on all the streets except the metered spaces on Gulf Blvd.
Do YOU have a fond memory of Pass-A-Grille as THE gay beach of the '80's? Please share here!