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West Coast - Treasure Island & Johns Pass
If you fancy having time out from the theme parks or maybe you just fancy a couple of hours on the beach, why not take a trip to the west coast and enjoy the Gulf of Mexico.
It only takes around 1 ½ hour drive from Orlando straight down the I4 (west of- course) where you will join onto the 275 which takes you over one of those long wide bridges across a vast expanse of water, the sort you see on the way down to the Florida keys.
Once you are over the bridge its up to you where you head, although we tend to go straight for the wonderfully named Treasure Island, who got is name through property owners attempting to boost the sales of houses been developed on the island. They “discovered” some wooden chests on the beach and claimed they were filled with treasure. Once the news got out people started calling the place Treasure Island and the name just stuck!
Treasure Island is in fact that - an Island which measures in at around 3. 5 miles.
Although when you first arrive you will feel as though you have travelled back in time to the 1950’s, the buildings are decorated with vintage signs, there are certainly not many places like this left in United States.
Treasure Island has adopted a slow and gentle life style, no wonder Babe Ruth the legendary baseball slugger decided to buy a winter beech front home here for his retirement!
However, as quiet and relaxed as it is there are plenty of bars, restaurants and delis to choose from. There is even a 9 hole golf course and boasts itself as been among one of the widest and whitest beaches in all of Florida. For the more energetic of you why not stroll the 3 miles from Johns pass at the North down to Blind pass in the south. For the less lively there is a mile long walkway next to the beach which is the perfect way to spend a warm evening enjoying the sunset.
On a night the Gators Café and Saloon Bar on the waterfront comes to life and offers nightly bands
Four miles away is John’s pass a quaint turn-of-the-century fishing village which offers deep sea fishing and day cruises. If you don’t fancy taking to the high seas there are plenty of shops and restaurants. For the thrill seekers there is jet skiing and parasailing.
Both Treasure Island and Johns pass have parking within easy reach of all amenities and the beach.
Treasure Island certainly is a “Jewel of the Gulf Beaches”.
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