Manasota Beach

Manasota Beach is at the north end of the barrier island. This side of Manasota key is less undeveloped and is known as a sea turtle nesting site for some of the rarest turtles in the world. Visitors can swim, snorkel, body board or walk the sand to collect shark teeth. Sand trails wind around the 14 acres of dunes

and parkland.  The park is currently being updated with barbecue grilling areas and shaded picnic tables. The beach offers a boardwalk, a bathhouse and year-round lifeguards, who can assist disabled visitors in locating wheelchairs suitable for beach and water exploration. The facility provides free parking. No pets are allowed on the beach. Manasota Beach is adjacent to a dock and boat ramp that serve the Intracoastal Waterway.

Blind Pass Beach

Blind Pass Beach, also known as Middle Beach, offers a quieter option for swimming. There are bathroom facilities and shower off locations.   The beach offers free parking and wheelchair access are available, but the beach does not have lifeguards. Pets are prohibited.

Englewood Beach

Englewood Beach is a busy beach on Manasota Key.  Near local restaurants and shopping, it attracts a more younger and famly crowd.  The beach is separated by a expansive boardwalk that offers beautiful a vantage to watch the surf and the sunsets.  The center of the boardwalk house bathroom facilities and shower off locations.  On the maniland side are shelters for events, volleyball nets, playgrounds and BBQ grills.  Parking is metered, and visitors must pay at a paystation in the center plaza, then display the ticket to avoid a fine.  This beach is the widest beach on Manasota Key and attracts visitors year round.

Stump Pass Beach

Stump Pass Beach is located at the most southern part of Manasota Key.  It has a mile of beach and a protected bay, and runs alongside a barrier island creating a lane known to locals as “Ski Alley” for small watercraft for skiing and sailing that leads to the pass into the Gulf of Mexico. This is a nature lovers paradise and remains unspoiled by development. The waterways are filled with many species of fish and boaters will often see dolphin and manatee in the waters.  Visitors can sunbathe or swim, snorkel and scuba on the gulf side. Many types of water birds make the park home and you may also see a bald eagle if you keep your eye to the sky…  Especially in the spring.   Stump Pass Beach State Park has a Gulf Beach, kayak launch, bathroom and parking for $2.00.  Follow the park’s boardwalks through several types of habitat. Rangers lead nature hikes and turtle walks at the park, or sift through the sand to find sharks teeth on one of the richest deposits in the world.  Bring a picnic to one of the shaded tables overlooking the shore.  The park is about 2 miles from local eateries and stores. report

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