Madeira Beach, Florida was first settled by the Timucan Indians around 300 A.D. The Timucan established small communities and traded with other Indian Nations until the arrival of Spaniard Panfilio de Narvaez in 1528.
The area slowly became populated by Europeans and their descendants who primarily lived in beach shacks and eeked out a living by fishing and harvesting turtles.
The "Great Gale" of 1848 created John's Pass on the Island's south end which is now home to the world famous John's Pass Village.
Hubbards Marina was established in 1935 and John's Pass Village was established in the 1980's. In 1971 a new bridge was built over John's Pass connecting Treasure Island to Madeira Beach. Today that bridge is in the process of being replaced.
Madeira Beach, Florida is located near the center of a chain of barrier islands and beaches that run along the Gulf Coast of the Tampa Bay area. To the north is Redington Beach and to the south, connected by the John's Pass Draw Bridge, is Treasure Island.
Madeira Beach's downtown area is located near the north end of the beach while the world famous John's Pass Village is located on the south end of Madeira Beach. The Gulf of Mexico borders on the west with the Florida West Coast Intercoastal Waterway to the East. The Tom Stewart Causeway Bridge connects Madeira Beach to the Pinellas County peninsula.
World Famous Gulf Boulevard runs north and south along the length of Madeira Beach. Click Here for the best deals on Madeira Beach Hotels!
Madeira Beach is located at: 27°47′45″N, 82°47′26″W and has a population of 4,511.
Madeira Beach has a total area of 3.3 square miles. 1.0 square mile of it is land and 2.2 square miles of it (68.50%) is water.
The City's slogan is "Two Miles Long and a Smile Wide".
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Suncoast Beach Trolley
Hop on the Suncoast Beach TrolleySM and you can explore all of the unique beach communities from its beginning at Park Street Terminal in downtown Clearwater to 75th Avenue and Gulf Boulevard. Check out the shops on Corey Avenue, enjoy the sights at John's Pass Village, or just take in a beautiful sunset. It's the fun, easy, and affordable way to do and see everything you want to on the beach. The Suncoast Beach TrolleySM runs every 20 - 30 minutes from 5:05 a.m. to 10:10 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Sunday, including holidays, with service until midnight on Friday and Saturday. Look for special trolley bus stop signs located frequently along the route. In addition to the services along Gulf Boulevard, connector routes run between the coast and downtown St. Petersburg. PSTA Bus Operators do not carry cash or make change, exact fare is required. The bus and trolley fare is just $2.00 per ride, or ride all day with an Unlimited Daily GO Card. GO Cards are $4.50 and are available onboard the trolleys, buses, or at various locations countywide. The fare boxes are equipped to handle $1, $5 and $10 bills but do not give change. Click here for the trolley schedule.
Swim within the "Safe Bathing Areas", if marked, at all times.
Florida sunshine is intense. Please be careful when sunbathing and use sunscreen with a high SPF
Learn to Swim - Learning to swim is the best defense against drowning.
Never Swim Alone - Always swim with a companion. At the very least, have someone onshore who can call for help.
Don't Fight the Current - Rip currents are powerful currents of water moving away from shore. They can sweep even the strongest swimmer out to sea. If caught in a rip current, don't fight it by trying to swim directly to shore. Instead, swim parallel to shore until you feel the current relax, then swim to shore. Most rip currents are narrow, and a short swim parallel to shore will bring you to safety. The same forces that cause rip currents also cause longshore currents. These currents are most evident when waves hit the shore at an angle. This tends to cause the water to be pushed along the beach away from the direction of the oncoming waves. Usually, longshore currents are less hazardous than rip currents because they move along the shore, not away from the shore, but they can knock children and weaker adults off their feet. More importantly, longshore currents can feed and increase the power of rip currents. In other words, the longshore current may move along the shore, then turn offshore to become a rip current.
Swim Sober - Alcohol is a major factor in drowning. Alcohol impairs swimming ability and good judgement.
Don't Float Where You Can't Swim - Often, non-swimmers dangerously use floatation devices to go offshore, If they fall off, they can quickly drown. The only exception is a person wearing a Coast Guard approved life jacket.
Don't Dive Headfirst, Protect Your Neck - Diving headfirst into unknown water and striking the bottom can lead to serious, lifelong injuries, including paraplegia. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and then go in feet first the first time. Use caution while bodysurfing, always extending a hand ahead of you.
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