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.
BEYOND St. Pete? (Tampa, Ocala, Orlando, Naples) FREE PARKING from 8pm - 8am 7 days a week
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.
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 Seafood Restaurant 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.
PASS-A-GRILLE BEACH (PAG) TODAY:
Pass-a-Grille is a pet friendly 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 inns, hotels, 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) EXCLUSIVE FB GROUP (music, pix, videos, updates, post your pix and MORE!)
The LGBTQ "Section" is from 8th Ave. & Gulf Way to 1st Ave & Gulf Way From the Paradise Grille (on the beach) to the jetty. Look for PRIDE flags, umbrellas (etc). With more than 20 blocks of beach side parking, and with the growing LGBTQ population moving to the Tampa Bay / St. Pete Metro Area, this is can be a fun filled LGBTQ beach location.
HISTORIC 8th Ave SHOPS, LOGGING & RESTAURANTS:
KeyStone Inn (same owners as Hurricane)
The Don Cesar (the pink hotel)
PETS: PAG is dog-friendly everywhere with the exception of the beach on the Gulf side. They are basically allowed everywhere except directly on the sand by the Gulf. Dogs are allowed on the patio table area behind Paradise Grille while you eat. Dogs and people gather at the pavilion area next to Paradise Grille for sunset as well -just not directly on the beach. Dogs love bird watching at all the fishing piers and docks along the Bay side on Pass-a-Grille Way There is is a dog-friendly beach area on the Bay side at the end of Pass-a-Grille Way between 1st and 3rd Avenues where dogs can run in the sand and surf. In addition to Paradise Grille many of the other restaurants have outdoor pet-friendly seating (Grace, Berkeley, Sea Critters and Hurricane) and a couple of the small inns are also dog-friendly (Coconut Inn, Havana Inn, and Islands End).