Stump Pass Beach State Park, located in Englewood Florida, ranks high as one of my all-time favorite spots in the Sunshine State. There’s no camping..but for a day visit and a wild beach..it’s awesome. The park is at the southern end of Manasota Key, with the Gulf on Mexico on one side and Lemon Bay on the other.
On a recent visit there, I came upon this gopher tortoise enjoying its lunch. The tortoise was a bit of a ham and didn’t mind being photographed while it ate.
Stump Pass is a great quiet beach, only 60 or so cars are allowed in the parking lot and if you don’t mind walking toward the tip, you can find yourself on a very private and quiet spot either on the Gulf or on Lemon Bay. The hitch is the Ranger closes the park gates immediately after sunset..so if your car is left behind, so are you. Best to check at the gate for park closing time and plan to be there.