We left Sarasota and drove north over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge crossing Lower Tampa Bay to the Fort Lauderdale/Madeira Beach KOA on February 19, 2020. It was a crowded large campground, but the facilities are clean and pretty nice.
We spent the next day riding the bus and trolley along the beaches as far north as Clearwater Beach and south to John’s Pass in Madeira Beach.
Clearwater Beach in February; it was less populated than the photos we have seen of spring break crowds.
On the trolley we traveled south to John’s Pass, where we walked around and ate dinner at Bubba Gump Shrimp Company. Yes, it was all about Forest Gump.
Another sign we saw in Indian Rocks Beach on the trolley tour: It’s Your Day Cafe. Before returning to the campground we walked on Madeira Beach in the late afternoon. The views were pretty and the birds were busy getting dinner.