The south end of Manasota Key tapers to a long, thin tip as it touches the waters of Stump Pass Beach State Park across from Don Pedro Island. It sits at just the right angle to collect seashells like a scoop, so early risers have their pick of conchs, murex, tulip shells, shark’s teeth, and more.
Location: Manasota Key
Fees: $3 per vehicle
Open: 8 AM until sunset daily
Leashed pets welcome
The mile-long beach collects sunbathers and swimmers, too, especially on weekends. Escape into the park’s slim interior on a hiking trail that provides access for anglers to sweet spots along the shoreline and to far-flung beaches away from the crowd nearest the parking area.