Located at the south end of Manasota Key (take a left at the end of Beach Road), Stump Pass offers something for everyone (if you can find a parking spot). The beach runs all around the southern tip of the Key to the Lemon Bay. It is a great place for swimming, shell collecting, or fishing (at Lemon Bay side of the peninsula). A small parking lot, picnic tables, and restroom facilities were added recently. Unlike with other Englewood beaches, visitors here have to pay an entrance fee ($2 per car or $1 walking or biking in).
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April 16, 2005
From journal Englewood, Gem of the Florida Gulf Coast
Manasota Beach and Blind Pass Beach, both on the Sarasota side of Manasota Key, offer vacationers a variety of amenities.
If you follow Manasota Beach Road west to the Gulf, you'll find the Manasota Beach. Though the beach is nominally less than a half mile in length, the miles of beach in either direction are open for strolling. Along with shells and driftwood, prehistoric shark teeth are buried in the sand; you can purchase a "Florida snow shovel" at nearby stores to find them. Full restroom facilities, picnic shelters, barbecue pits, boardwalks, bathhouse facilities, and parking are provided at this beach on the north end of Manasota Key. On the Lemon Bay side is a boat ramp to access the Intercoastal Waterway. Manasota Beach is one of the beaches where you will find lifeguards.
Blind Pass Beach is a narrow one. The beach, also called Middle Beach, is located in the center of Manasota Key (north of Beach Road and south of Manasota Beach Road). Driving to the beach from the mainland is a great pleasure. A shady canopy extends over the Manasota Key Road for stretches (rent a convertible to enjoy the ride fully). The beach is expansive and rarely crowded. This is the most isolated beach on the key, with no lifeguards. The beach side offers picnic shelter, showers, and restroom facilities, with lots of parking. There's also a nature trail with dunes and wildflowers. The bay side has many coves for fishing or kayaking. Prime fishing is found in Lemon Bay, Stump Pass, and the Gulf of Mexico. Known for its abundance of redfish, grouper, and snook, this area is also known as the Tarpon Capital of the World.