Stump Pass Beach is one of the four great Englewood beaches located on the barrier island known as Manasota Key.
It is an excellent beach to pick up shells and sharks teeth. We have a nice collection of special shells we have found to build our souvenir shell collection before returning home. Shelling this beach is best in the winter, when you will find the most shells and best selection.
Getting to Stump Pass is easy. Take Beach Road across the bridge to the first main intersection and turn left. (Before I forget, if you have a chance, the area around the bridge is a great place to see manatees and dolphins.)
After turning left at the intersection, follow the road until you reach the packing lot. Some folks suggest that an early arrival on weekends is necessary to get a parking spot.
And that has been our experience even during busy seasons during the weekdays.
But you can park other places and walk-in so that all is not lost.
There is more to this beach than the sand on the gulf coast. It is a State Park and has a little inlet that offers a good place to moor a boat and watch the wildlife. Dolphins love to visit and show off.
It is also an excellent sheltered area on the inter-coastal waterway side of the park to canoe and kayak.
There are picnic tables where you can have your lunch and enjoy the wonderful surroundings.
A hiking trail takes you through five separate natural communities. Hikes led by Park Rangers are available during the winter months.
Some of the wildlife which live here and raise their young are west indian manatees, gopher tortoises, snowy egrets, least terns, and phenomenal frigate birds.
This beach is a great place for swimming, walking or just sitting on the shore. The scenery, especially in the early evening is amazing. After all, what can be more romantic than a Gulf Coast sunset!
A short walk will take you to a selection of restaurants and shops.
If you enjoy fishing, then try casting your line into the water here. Several people have told us that the fishing is great at this spot at the southern end of Manasota Key. You can expect to catch flounder, snook, trout, red fish, snapper, whiting, sheepshead and tarpon. For information on licencing and other fishing need-to-know contact the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commision.
There are lots of Florida Vacation Rentals on the beach or accommodations for purchase in the area, on both Manasota Key and in Englewood.
Don't you just love Englewood Florida!