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Manasota Key

Manasota Key

Gem of the Suncoast

manasota key - gem of the suncoastManasota Key beaches are truly an unexpected paradise. This 7-mile long barrier island offers little commercial development and combines the best activities of coastal life, with utter tranquility. Considerably less crowded, discover the ultimate location to enjoy salty breezes and calm Gulf waters. Located in both Sarasota and Charlotte County, experience unspoiled beaches, abundant wildlife and great recreation.

Virtually undiscovered until the 1950s and largely residential, Manasota Key is an exquisitely preserved barrier island with a distinctly Old World vibe. With the Gulf of Mexico to its West, Lemon Bay to its East and connected to the mainland by Beach Road, Manasota Key is home to the best water access points on Florida’s West Coast. You are always a short walk from the purest coastal adventure and wild exploration. Known as the turtle-nesting capital of Southwest Florida, here you’ll find some of the least crowded beaches in Sarasota County.  Find your private beach escape on Manasota Key.


Beaches of Manasota Key


Englewood Beach is Manasota Key’s most directly accessible and most popular beach, with endless recreational options. When you spot the Englewood Beach Shell, just round the traffic circle and grab one of the parking spots provided. The calm Gulf waters welcome swimming and snorkeling, where you may be joined by a resident manatee or dolphin. A 900-foot boardwalk leads you on an adventure with lookouts that provide with remarkable views. A favorite of families, Englewood Beach features multiple recreational options for all ages, volleyball courts, basketball courts, horseshoes and children’s play areas. You’ll also find modern restrooms with showers, picnic tables and pavilions, along with chair and umbrella rentals.  Nearby area restaurants add to Englewood Beach’s broad appeal.


Manasota Beach, at the northern end of the key, boasts prime coastline cradled by the sparkling Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal. Follow the sand trails around fourteen undeveloped acres of dunes and parkland, or take the scenic boardwalk that eases through the mangroves. Enjoy swimming, snorkeling or body boarding in the crystal-clear waters with lifeguards on duty year-round.  Featuring restrooms, picnic tables, grills and volleyball courts, parking is convenient and easily accessible.


Blind Pass, also known as Middle Beach, is located on the northern end of Manasota Key. Reflecting more locals than visitors, sun-drenched days lead to spectacular sunsets. Here, nature shows off its very best and the peaceful solitude appears as if it’s just for you. Located between Lemon Bay and the Gulf, game fishing is plentiful in one of its many quiet coves, while fossilized sand is great for discovering shells and shark teeth. Enjoy plenty of parking, restrooms and showers.