During our vacation in St. Pete Beach a few years ago, I knew I had found paradise when we drove into the Pass-A-Grille neighborhood. It was evident that while this was a part of St. Pete Beach, the area had a different vibe than you would find on the beaches to the north. The pace seemed slower, the inhabitants a little more laid back and and the palm trees were more prevalent.
We were able to enjoy dinner at the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, scarfing down our dinner and a mojito or two before dashing across the street for the nightly sunset show. I remember looking around as the sun went down and thinking “Whatever, they’re doing here, I hope they keep it up.” The place seemed almost magical, especially at dusk, and I knew with certainty that I would be back one day.
That return visit has yet to occur but as for the vibe, that didn’t happen by accident. As you’ll hear in the above video featuring the owners of the Hurricane, it’s something the neighborhood works hard at maintaining and you have to commend them for their efforts. It’s not hard holding back the tide of big money and developments but they’ve managed to pull it off, along the way creating a magical destination for visitors and locals alike.
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