This ride is considered a shorter ride because it is about 2 hours in duration not including stops along the way and is approximately 50 miles in length.
From your assumed starting point at the junction of US 92(Dale Mabry) and State Road 60(Kennedy Blvd)
· Head west on State Road 60 across the scenic water views of Courtney Campbell Causeway as it traverses Old Tampa Bay
· Once off the Causeway continue west on SR60, you will pass the very first Hooter’s Restaurant on the right
· Continuing west on SR60 (also known as Gulf to Bay Blvd) follow the sign: TO BEACHES
· You will cross the Clearwater Memorial Causeway
· Gulf to Bay Blvd will end at a roundabout in Clearwater Beach
· If you want to enjoy the beach for a while take the second right to exit the roundabout
· Go north on Mandalay Ave until you see Rockaway Street on the left
· Turn left into the generous metered parking lot. You can park here and be right at the beach where you will see Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill, a great place for lunch and a beverage. It has a full bar and good food and is open 7 days a week from 11:00 am to midnight.
· Back on the roundabout you pass Pier 60, a popular spot for watching the sunset with buskers performing
· Take the next right onto the ramp to South Gulfview Blvd
· Follow South Gulfview to Gulf Blvd and take the ramp to the right onto Gulf Blvd and cross the Sand Key Bridge
· Continue south on Gulf Blvd through several communities, passing restaurants, bars, shops and resorts
· When you get to Madeira Beach, John’s Pass Village will be on your left. It’s an old fishing village now home to a variety of quaint shops and restaurants and bars. In the pass you may even sight dolphins.
· South again on Gulf Blvd through Treasure Island, Gulf Blvd(SR699) curves left then right onto Blind Pass Rd
· Take the first right then next left and you’re back on Gulf Blvd heading south which will join up with SR699 again
· Continuing south through St. Pete Beach another cool stop is the Drunken Clam at 46 46th Ave. It’s a beach bar well known for its wings and beverages
· Back on Gulf Blvd going south, when you see Don Cesar Resort, a large Spanish style building finished in bright pink, take the right lane and proceed straight ahead onto Pass-A-Grille Way, still heading south.
· At land’s end it curves around onto Gulf Way heading north
· On your left is the Gulf of Mexico and pristine beach
· On your right, now at your destination is the Hurricane Seafood Restaurant, an old Victorian structure with rooftop and beach bars, happy hour drinks and it’s open 7 am to 10 pm
We hope you enjoyed your cruise along the Gulf of Mexico beaches. It’s also a great motorcycle ride after dark under the lights. And bugs are not a problem. Please remember, if you drink, know your limit and stick to it. Thanks for visiting Motorcycling Florida. For things to do in Clearwater Beach click here. For things to do in St Pete Beach click here. For road construction and traffic info check www.pinellascounty.org/PublicWorks. For map click here.