Legend holds that a pirate named John LeVique was the first European to "settle" the Madeira Beach area. Today, this Gulf of Mexico beach city, just west of St. Petersburg, is best known for the sea-themed John's Pass Village and Boardwalk, which serves up shops and eateries and an 1,100-foot boardwalk along the Intracoastal and just a few blocks away from the EcoVillage Madeira Beach.
Madeira's 2.5-mile beach attracts devotees of sun sea, and fishing as the primary sport activities. More grouper is brought into John's Pass than any other place in the state. In addition, each October, the community hosts the Seafood Festival at John's Pass, which attracts as many as 130,000 visitors to it's celebration of food, music arts and crafts.