One of Southwest Florida’s main attractions has to be the beautiful beaches. Charlotte County and the surrounding areas have a wonderful array of beach locations for you to choose from, the quiet and remote island retreats, the activity beaches where water sports are on offer, or the popular swimming beaches along Manasota Key, Port Charlotte has a beach just for you!
Here are a few of our favourites, there are many more within a ½ hour drive from your Villa.
Englewood Beach (above) is the closest beach to Rotonda and is situated on Manasota Key, a 7-mile long Barrier Island stretching all the way up to Venice. The Gulf side of the Island is blessed with one of the best beaches in the area. Shops, restaurants and barbecue facilities are close by. For those who want seclusion a walk along the nature trail from Stump Pass Beach car park takes you to the end of the Island overlooking the pass.
Port Charlotte Beach
Port Charlotte Beach Complex is a public beach at the end of Harbour View Boulevard in Port Charlotte. The complex offers a Beach Club with a pool, great basketball and tennis courts and a snack bar. The beach itself is wonderfully kept and is a safe swimming beach.
Don Pedro Island State Park
Don Pedro Island is an un-bridged Island to the north of Gasparilla Island. Access is by boat only, making this a fantastic location if you really want a peaceful day! Rest room, shower and barbeque facilities are laid on for your convenience. The beach is pure white sand and is an excellent place for beachcombing. Fossil Sharks Teeth and unusual shells are a common find.
South of Boca Grande on Gulf Boulevard you will come to the wonderful beach areas, Sand Spur Beach, Sea Grape Beach, South Beach and Lighthouse Beach (named after the historic wooden lighthouse, now a museum and well worth a visit).
There is a restaurant at South Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. This is a great spot for lunch or an evening meal.