The beaches of Charlotte Harbor & the Gulf Islands appeal to athletes, families, nature lovers and those who seek seclusion.
| Charlotte County beaches appeal to athletes and casual swimmers.|
Blind Pass Beach
Blind Pass Beach is one of the quietest in the area, with 66 acres of sand dunes and nature trails on the Gulf of Mexico and Lemon Bay for you and your family to enjoy.
Don Pedro Island State Park
Don Pedro is a perfect island escape, and you can reach it on your own boat, a rental, kayak or via charter. Here, white sand beaches offer sunbathing, shelling and fishing. There is a picnic pavilion, tables, grills, outdoor showers and restrooms. The fee is $2 per person to access the park.
This wide, public beach boasts 12.5 acres of soft sands and offers ample amenities to visitors: a boardwalk, barbeque grills, picnic shelters, a playground, volleyball courts, restrooms and changing facilities. It's also a good spot to see dolphins, or to search for seashells at the waterline.
Little Gasparilla Island
Little Gasparilla Island boasts the most quiet and enigmatic of our beaches. The island was once connected to the mainland by a bridge long ago removed by a storm and never rebuilt. Today, you can access its unspoiled 7-mile beach only by private boat, kayak or charter. The island has few homes (with mostly part-time residents), no stores,
| Port Charlotte Beach Park is a perfect choice for families and athletes alike.|
Gasparilla Island (Boca Grande)
This island is usually called by the name of its resident community, Boca Grande, playground of the rich and sometimes famous (such as the presidential Bushes). There are numerous beach access roads with limited parking tucked away which help keep the beaches uncrowded and pristine on Gasparilla Island. A popular spot is Gasparilla Island State park ($3 fee), which offers a historic lighthouse, swimming, snorkeling, shelling, fishing and nature study. The island itself is accessible by toll bridge or boat.
Port Charlotte Beach Complex
This multi-faceted manmade beach is tucked away on the mangrove-laced coast where the Peace River flows into Charlotte Harbor. Many amenities, such as tennis courts, a boat ramp and a heated swimming pool, are found here. Beach wheelchairs are available.
Stump Pass Beach State Park
This pristine coastal habitat is found at the southern end of Manasota Key. A well-definied nature trail offers views of native flora and fauna and interpretive signs add to the experience. Fossilized shark teeth are often found on the beach here, and this is the most active beach in the county for sea turtle nesting. Some areas are protected for nesting shorebirds. The spot is also popular with boaters who drop anchor and wade ashore for sunning and socializing. Amenities include restrooms, outdoor showers and a weather shelter. The fee is $3 per vehicle.