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.
Resources for exploring the area
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Location: Manasota Key
Address: 900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood
Fees: $3 per vehicle
Restroom: At the start of the nature trail
Land manager: Florida State Parks
Open 8 AM until sunset daily.
Leashed pets welcome but not on beach. Please do not let dogs run off-leash along the nature trail as they may disturb nesting birds.
From the junction of US 41 and SR 776 in Port Charlotte, follow SR 776 west for 16 miles. After crossing Placida Rd, look for the next left onto Beach Rd. Turn left and cross to Manasota Key. In the traffic circle take the second exit to join Gulf Blvd. Follow it until it ends at the park.
About the Park
The mile-long beach collects sunbathers and swimmers, too, especially on weekends. Escape into the park’s slim interior on a hiking trail.
It provides access for anglers to sweet spots along the shoreline and to far-flung beaches away from the crowd nearest the parking area.
More worth exploring while you’re in this area.
On Manasota Key at Blind Pass, south of Venice, the Fred Duisberg Nature Trail is a gentle meander on boardwalks through a mangrove forest along Lemon Bay to a scenic overlook.
Where Oyster Creek meets Lemon Bay in Englewood, Cedar Point Environmental Park provides easy interpretive hikes through coastal habitats on a wildlife-rich peninsula
Along the northern shore of a mangrove-lined creek, Oyster Creek Environmental Park offers gentle hiking trails with interpretive stops beneath old-growth slash pines