The Weather, the Fishing, the Sunsets, the Atmosphere
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Treasure Island is a good throw back to what "old" Florida used to be.
11360 Gulf Boulevard, Treasure Island, FL, 33706,
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11360 Gulf Blvd, Treasure Island, FL, 33706
Good for: Couples
11040 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island, FL, 33706, USA
Good for: Couples
This is a chain restaurant so maybe not worthy of mention in the minds of many others but it is special to me because it used to exist in my home town of St Louis but all of the locations closed down here about 20 years ago. I think that they lost out in the market to Denny's and IHOP. I have always thought that they make the best breakfast out of...more
This is a buffet restaurant located near the University of South Florida. It is pretty typical of these types of places in the US in that they have a mixture of traditional Chinese American dishes like Sweet and Sour chicken, General Tsao's, beef and broccoli, fried rice etc but they also have fried chicken, fried shrimp and fish, pizza, and other...more
This is a small restaurant located across the street from a shopping mall and near the University of South Florida. The food here is good and there is a lot of it. I was really impressed with the lunch buffett. The waitstaff was not the greatest and the service was a little bit lacking but luckily this isn't so important in a serve yourself setting...more
Getting to Treasure Island from Tampa requires the crossing of the Howard Franklin Bridge. This bridge spans Tampa Bay and offers a GREAT view of the outlying city and the approaching "beach-like" setting. Once you are on Treasure Island there are many bridges and causways that allow you to cross the ICWs (Intercoastal Waterway) with ease. If you are looking for something to do, a drive down I-275 towards Bradenton might be rewarding for you. While traveling on I-275 you'll have to cross the famous Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans the mouth of Tampa Bay. The bridge is about 7 miles long and you'll probably have to pay some tolls on your way there, so keep your quarters handy--as at all times on Treasure Island; for toll bothes can be frequent depending on where you are headed.
John's Pass is a boardwalk that lines part of the ICW (Intercoastal Waterway) that separates Treasure Island and Madeira Beach. This place is full of shops and restaurants to keep one busy for an evening. Also located here is Hubbard's Marina. This is famous for its deep sea fishing trips, reasonably priced, and will not return you to the dock empty handed.
What to buy: Most of the shops here are the typical "vacationer's" shops. If you really want to find something different travel inland to the Wagon Wheel Flea Market. It is only open on Saturday and Sunday, but you never know what you might find.
What to pay: Be prepared. Some shops will "see you coming."
Treasure Island and the surrounding areas can be hard to navigate. It is pretty easy to get around in the northern areas because the streets are situated in a grid but as you head south the island thins out and the streets start to curve. They also have a tendency to change names without warning and the main streets usually have a name and a number and the street signs refer to these numbers. For example US alt 19 is also Seminole Blvd. Since it is an island and in the shape of an oval if you keep driving you will eventually get to your destination even if you are lost but who wants to spend their entire vacation couped up in their car. Invest in a good city map and you will have few worries. There is construction going on just about everywhere here so expect delays on the road and especially during rush hour.
Deep Sea fishing is a large draw for tourists. John's Pass offers a variety of fishing including party boats with 1/2, 3/4, 12 hour, and all day fishing trips. They also have a 48 hour fishing trip which goes 100 miles off shore to the famous Gulf Middle Grounds. These boats carry about 60 people on the average.
Unique Suggestions: The trick is to stay at the back of the boat. Tourists always run to the front, but when the boat begins to anchor, it drifts a little. And since the anchor is in the front of the boat, the front of the boat may drift too far off the reef. Results, little or no luck fishing. But, the back may drift more center on the reef. Result, a lot of luck fishing. Another tip, if you have a surf rod with at least 20 lbs. test line, take it for the 1/2 trip. (And bring some extra tackle, you will be hung up on coral sometimes). It is cheaper to use your equipment than theres, and I've found it is more efficient. I've caught so many more than those around me because my pole is not that "crane" like pole they give you that won't let you feel the nibbles as well.
John's Pass also offers private charters for inshore and offshore fishing. Plan to spend about $30-$35/person for the 1/2 day trip...and obviously it gets more expensive the longer the trip.
Fun Alternatives: If fishing doesn't strike your fancy, John's Pass offers parasailing and wave running. After trying wave running for the first time, I had to do it again during the same trip. There is plenty of shopping and resurants to keep you busy .
The beaches of Treasure Island offer a relaxing and senic atmosphere for that early morning or late evening stroll. The soft sand and the lights of the hotels at dusk bring a feeling undescribable. Watch out for the occasional fisherman's pole and line...because it might be me. Sometimes it is just fun to stop and watch a fisherman for a few...more
On one of the beaches of Ft. Desoto Park one can see the Sunshine Skyway Bridge in the distance. The picture on this page shows that. However, the sky makes it hard to see the bridge. Also, make your plans to visit Ft. Desoto in the morning. The park can become sweltering if the breeze is little or none.more
Every sunday night at sundown there are tons of locals and some seasonals playing instruments in a big circle on the beach. The music is good and the people are fun. A great getaway from all the tourist traps.just go down south on gulf blvd. until you hit the treasure island fun center. It is on the beach accross from the center. You will hear it.more
Treasure Island is far from the rushed society many of us wake up to every Monday morning. Treasure Island is very relaxing. Though watch out! Many people like to wander off around the beaches of Treasure Island. Watch out if you are bare footed. Off the regularly traveled pathes and beach areas, one can expect to find sand burs stuck to the bottom of one's foot....and they hurt!
Becareful about the sun. Many don't realize it until it is too late. A bad sun burn can ruin any trip. Just use common sense about staying out in it too long. You don't want your back to be a big blister and then pop under your t-shirt and it look like ice tea...
Fondest memory: My fondest memories of Treasure Island are the outstanding sunsets and scenery. There is a picture of a typical sunset on the left.