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Trip report February 4-9

Missouri
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Trip report February 4-9

Spent a fun few days last week at St. Pete Beach so wanted to give a short trip report. It was our third visit.

Accommodations: Stayed at the Beachcomber for the third time. Our room was an efficiency beachfront, number 509, which had an excellent view of the Gulf. It's the second time we've had one of the efficiency beachfront rooms, and no complaints at all. It's nothing fancy, but a good value for the money and appears to have been updated since the last time we were there. Friendly staff, nice courtyard, clean rooms.

Food: Our favorites this trip were Sea Critters at Pass-a-Grille, the Boardwalk Grill at John's Pass (inexpensive, friendly service, excellent homemade fries), the Toasted Monkey next door to the Beachcomber, and Rick's Reef just up the street. Blackened mahi tacos were excellent at Rick's Reef and we would've definitely gone back there again if it hadn't been the night before we were to leave the next morning.

We were disappointed in the food at Jimmy B's this trip so unfortunately can't list it among favorites this time. The best breakfast we had was at the Frog Pond and we ended up having breakfast there three times.

Entertainment: Disappointed in the entertainment this trip at Jimmy B's also, just wasn't as good day or night as it was during our last two stays at the Beachcomber. It's a great bar, but just didn't enjoy it this time like we have in the past due to being disappointed with the food and the entertainment this time, so we didn't spend much time there like we usually do.

We heard others complaining about it while we were there too, and noticed the bar wasn't nearly as crowded this trip as it was on our previous February stays. We do love good live music and saw an excellent musician at the Toasted Monkey, Billy Agans.

One thing that was new to us this trip was since the Toasted Monkey and Jimmy B's both have live entertainment, from our room you could hear both at the same time even with the sliding door closed, and I can see where it could get a little annoying if you wanted more peace and quiet.

We didn't mind it at all, but just wanted to mention it in case it might bother others. We didn't spend much time in our room anyway, and we always take ear plugs on vacation wherever we go in case it's loud at night, so the music didn't bother us when we were going to sleep.

We took the Trade Winds Casino Cruise on Friday. It's a five-hour cruise which leaves from John's Pass and includes one hour to get to international waters in order to be able to gamble, then three hours out there, then an hour to get back.

The best part of it was being able to take a long boat trip sitting on the deck and enjoying the beautiful weather and watching the dolphins around us. We got a special at the ticket office for a total of $15 for the two of us for admission, two buffets, and parking. They have various specials throughout the week. I'd do it again just to be able to be out on the water for such a long time for such a low price.

A few people were a little queasy due to some chop in the water, and it's a good idea to take along some dramamine just in case. You can find some at a little gift shop across the street from the ticket office.

I think my new favorite spot in the area is Pass-a-Grille. We went to the beach there twice in the mornings and it was so peaceful, very few people around, and just beautiful.

This turned out to be longer than I'd planned, sorry, but that's our trip. Lots of relaxing, beach walking, beautiful weather for the most part.

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1. Re: Trip report February 4-9

Txs for sharing. I'm surprised to hear about the food and music at Jimmy b's though. I have also stayed at the Beachcomber 3 times now in the past couple of years, and always love the food and enjoy the music. Some bands are a bit heavy for my test, but overall, always fun, especially in the afternoons. Hopefully it was just an off week.

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I hope so too. We've always liked the music there, especially in the afternoons, and this is the first time we've been disappointed and, like I said, heard others saying the same thing about the music and the food both.

We heard all of the outdoor performers at least for a little while throughout the week whether it was having a drink at the bar or on our way to walk on the beach or just sitting on our balcony deciding where to have dinner, and they were fair for background music, but again, not as good as on past visits where we actually wanted to listen to them and not just as background.

The food we had was fair, but not as good as it was before the menu changes and not worth (to us) staying there to eat lunch most days like we had on past visits.

An example would be the panini sandwiches, one of which I started to order until the server warned me that they weren't really panini bread anymore and were now just hoagie buns. She said they get quite a few complaints from people who order them, thinking they're getting panini but getting a hoagie bun instead, so she wanted to warn me. I would think they'd either go back to panini bread or change the menu, but maybe I'm just being picky.

They used to have delicious grouper fingers and fries, not too greasy, but the fries I had on this trip were really greasy and there are no more grouper fingers on the menu.

Just minor stuff, I know, and it probably sounds pretty petty. I don't mean for it to. We were just expecting it to be more like it was on our previous two visits, I guess, and it was disappointing. But the Beachcomber itself was fine, as usual, and the bar staff was friendly and fun. Maybe it really was just an off week for them. Hope so, because it's always been one of our favorite places for lunch and/or drinks and music.

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3. Re: Trip report February 4-9

Great detailed Trip Report! Thanks for posting.

Agree completely about Billy Agans. Talented musician, and a very funny guy. Worth looking for, as he plays at several different venues around town.

We haven't eaten at Jimmy B's for awhile. I hope this was jusrt a bad week. We'll have to keep eyes and ears open.

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4. Re: Trip report February 4-9

Don't tell me they've messed with the paninis!!!! That chicken BBQ panini sandwich was the best!!!! Hopefully they will listen to their customers and bring back the favorites.

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"thanks for the great TR!

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