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Stump Pass Beach State Park, Englewood

Categories: Beaches, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Inspirock Rating:
4.6/5 based on 600+ reviews on the web
At Stump Pass Beach State Park, enjoy a stretch of untouched Florida coastline along the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The clear water is ideal for snorkeling, swimming, and kayaking, and the sandy beaches invite visitors to take in some rays or collect shells. Follow the 2 km (1.3 mi) hiking trail leading through five different natural habitats, where you'll see plants such as prickly pear cacti and bay cedars. Keep an eye out for dolphins, ospreys, gopher tortoises, snowy egrets, and even manatees. The park can be reached by boat or car; if you choose the latter arrive early, as the small parking lot can fill up fast. Make Stump Pass Beach State Park part of your personalized Englewood itinerary using our Englewood trip generator.
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  • Not crowded, limited parking to keep crowds down, great swimming, good for picnic. Only negative, three dollar per day parking, and get there early (before 9:00 am) 
  • This is an island that is accessable only by boat. There are about 10 boat docks. Has a good size pavilion for eating and restrooms. Used to be wide open but now they are cracking down on any alcohol ...  read more »
  • Quiet and clean and good area for lazy days and you can pay parking but pop along the coastline to the other beaches such as englewood which has great restaurants there. 
  • The best beach in Southwest Florida. There are only about 60 parking spaces so there's no overcrowding at this Florida State Park. Since parking is limited you must arrive early to enjoy this park without needing to wait for someone to leave. There's a 1.3 mile walking trail that offers amazing views of wildlife. This park is comprised of 3 barrier islands which can be visited by paddling or by boat. There are several companies offering paddle sports rentals and tours visit SUP Englewood for the best rates.
  • Love nature's gift for all of us to enjoy.
  • Awesome views. Nice beach. Really peaceful.
  • Amazing! Dogs aren't allowed on the beach per State Law like ALL state parks, but are welcomed in the park by the rangers. the trails are well kept,and kayaking is great, just bring your own. Limited parking, but that's what keeps its nice and limits the number of people. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. Plus the ranger Betty is great!!!
  • Well, don't believe anything that "Cass Kee" has to say about this Park. The Australian pines were removed to restore the beach to its original state, and the vegetation that is there is all natural, and no one other than nature has to "put something else with roots" there to maintain it. Of course, there will be erosion, that's natural, and maybe the whole point will disappear over time (what's more likely is that the sand bar that's developing to the west will turn into another island); the beach at the point is different every time we go there. The beach is just wonderful, once you get beyond the parking lot entrances, and there is a nature walk down the middle where you can observe natural plants and wildlife. The rangers are doing a beautiful job of conservation. "Homosexual activity"? What kind of redneck comment is that? I've never seen anyone do anything even remotely lewd or suggestive on this beach. Mostly middle-aged to senior foreign tourists shelling, looking at birds and occasionally wading in the Gulf. Oh, and fishermen. This is one of my favorite spots on earth!
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