New Gulf Coast Villa

Beaches

Approximately 10 to 15 minutes drive west from your villa are the beautiful pristine Gulf coast beaches. If you follow McCall Road (776) to Englewood and turn left to Manasota Key you will have some 30 miles of fabulous unspoilt white sand and sparkling clear warm water to enjoy.

Englewood Beach is located along County Road 776 (Beach Road) the beach has light-coloured sand and tufts of sea oats growing along the dune line. Only 10 minutes from the villa this is the most popular beach on Manasota Key. Picnic tables, BBQs, playground, volleyball, rest rooms and showers. The Beach is open from 6 a.m. until 11 p.m. Facilities include freshwater showers, picnic tables and sheltered barbecue areas. Shops, restaurants and bars are within short distance of the beach. Excellent for walking, swimming and shell collecting.

Stump Pass Beach is on the southern end of Manasota key with limited free parking.. It is a state recreation area, for those who want the privacy of a more secluded beach, and is located just south of Englewood Beach at the end of the road. This is over one mile of beautiful beach - excellent for walking, swimming and shell collecting. It is a great place to visit to get a feel of what Florida was like many years ago. It is not crowded and you can walk the beach from the Gulf of Mexico to the Bay and witness some of the most spectacular sunsets. Amenities for Swimming, Sunbathing, Shelling, Fishing (you may even have the company of a heron or two) Picnic benches, Restrooms and showers.

Boca Grande is a public beach and can be reached along State Road 771 a toll for a car is required. You will drive along a road surrounded on both sides by light-green water and white sand. The public beach, which is comparable to Caribbean beaches, features three lighthouses and large shade trees near shore. The beach offers full facilities, including freshwater showers, picnic tables and grills. There are no lifeguards on duty. The beach closes at dusk. The town of Boca Grande has several quaint shops, an ice cream parlour and restaurants.

Don Pedro Island State Recreational Area Is a barrier island park with approximately 1 mile of white sandy beaches on the Gulf of Mexico that is accessible only by boat. Boat docks are located on the bay side via a channel from the Intracoastal Waterway at green marker #35. Amenities include: Picnic Pavilion, Tables, Grills, Outdoor Showers, Restrooms, Sunbathing, and Fishing. Enjoy Sunbathing, Shelling and Fishing.

Middle Beach (Blind Pass)This is the most isolated beach on the Key - an expanse of scenic coastline ideal for fishing, swimming and beachcombing and ideal for total relaxation. There is free parking, picnic tables, showers and restrooms. There is also a nature trail that you can walk with dunes and wildflowers.

Manasota Beach At the north end of Mansota Key (approximately 3 miles north of Middle Beach). A 14 acre stretch of beach, dunes and sea oats. There are special areas for sheltered picnic tables, BBQ pits and boardwalks. There are restrooms and showers. Chadwick Park at Englewood Beach.Here you will have acres of amenities including Boardwalks, sheltered Picnic tables, BBQ Grills, Playground, Volleyball Courts, Fishing and Restrooms.

Lemon Bay Beach If you continue driving north from Chadwick Park past the beautiful residential properties, you will come to a bend with a large car park on one side of the road and the beach opposite. This is well worth visiting. There are wide sandy beaches stretching for miles. You will also find restrooms and outdoor showers.

If you drive east from Rotonda on the 776 and cross the bridge over the Myakka River you will be able to enjoy the community beaches at Port Charlotte.

Port Charlotte Beach Park The many amenities include: BBQ, Basketball, Boat Ramps, Fishing Pier, Tennis Courts, Playground, Volleyball Courts, Canoe/Kayak, Picnic shelters, Restrooms.Alternatively take a boat ride or hire a boat for the day from any of the local marinas and enjoy a day on an island beach.

If you exit Rotonda on Rotonda Boulevard East to the 771, turn right and head south for 8 to 10 minutes, you will come to the Toll bridge onto Gasparilla Island, Boca Grande. Beaches are open to the public along the Gulf stretches and at the southern tip are the beaches opening onto Boca Pass where the Myakka and Peace rivers go out into the Gulf of Mexico. This is a good place to enjoy the views and sand but swimming is very dangerous for both adults and children.

Gasparilla Island - Long Beach A long beach along the west coastline of Gasparilla Island. Amenities for Sunbathing, a Picnic area, Shelling and Restrooms.

Gasparilla Island - Lighthouse Beach A small beach featuring two restored lighthouses, one of which is now a museum. This is a good place to watch Tarpon Fishing from the land. The water is not safe for swimming for either children or adults.