Boca Grande Parks & Gardens
Located on the southern tip of Manasota Key, Peterson Island and Whidden Island, Stump Pass Beach State Park provides a venue for year-round swimming in the Gulf of Mexico. Fishing and shell collecting are other well-liked activities here. Located in the town of Englewood, FL.
Gasparilla Island State Park is the home of the Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum, commemorating the beacons that kept sailors from running aground. Tarpon fishing is also a major draw for visitors to Gasparilla Island; these dinosaur-like fish migrate along Boca Grande to deep water every spring, giving anglers an exellent chance at catching one of the "silver kings" of the sea.
Accessible only by boat or ferry, Don Pedro Island is situated off the coast of Cape Haze. This island has approximately one mile of beach, in addition to a wide variety of flora and fauna.
Cayo Costa State Park is located on a barrier island that is only accessible by boat. Camping is available here, either in cabins or tents, and recreational activities include shelling, hiking, fishing and swimming. It is important to note that there are no lifeguards on duty, and cabins must be reserved 11 months in advance.