The beaches of Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach are less crowded, accessible yet quiet, and attract a plethora of birds, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife. Perfect for making memories that last a lifetime!
Our most popular spot is one of the beaches on Manasota Key, Englewood Beach. There are usually no big crowds, just plenty of white sand, gentle waves from the Gulf of Mexico, and lots of colorful shells and fossilized shark teeth. Englewood Beach restaurants within walking distance include Magnolias on the Bay, The Waverly Restaurant & Bar, Lock ‘N Key Restaurant & Pub, Sandbar Tiki & Grille, and White Elephant Pub. Having food and drink (and often, live entertainment) so close means you can spend your entire day soaking up the relaxation. See what’s going on before you go—or enjoy the beach remotely—with our Englewood Beach EarthCam.
Just a bit south of Englewood Beach is Stump Pass Beach State Park. Expect a nice, quiet walk, a picturesque and secluded beach, excellent beach fishing, and more sandy treasures than you’ve ever seen. It’s tradition to add a shell to the driftwood stumps on the beach and make a wish.
For a more remote location, try Don Pedro Island State Park, one of the Florida islands accessible by boat only. Don Pedro features a mile of sandy beach, a large picnic pavilion, hiking trails, and restroom facilities. Swimming and snorkeling are a joy in the clear waters, and the peace is plentiful, along with the shells and fossilized shark teeth.