Accessible only by boat (in particular the membership supported ferry), South Venice Beach is a very quiet, low-traffic park. Passes are quite affordable and membership is open to anyone. The ferry runs every 1/2 hour from 9:30am to sunset most days. No lifeguards or other facilities. What you bring with you must leave with you. Restrooms are available at the ferry landing on the mainland.
On 14 acres of beach and dunes with a pretty steep entry into the water, Manasota Beach is great for swimming and snorkeling under the watchful eyes of the lifeguards. Access to the beach from the ample parking across the street is via sandy walkovers and boardwalks. Amenities include picnic tables, firepits, and restrooms.
Often referred to as Middle Beach, Blind Pass Beach is quiet, with no lifeguards, but plentiful parking. A playground and pavilion are available on the bay side, along with a small dock and canoe/kayak launch. Restrooms and beach walkovers are located on the beach side of the road. Less than 200 yards south on Manasota Key Road is The Hermitage Artist Retreat.
Probably the most heavily used beach on Manasota Key, Englewood Beach features pavilions and picnic tables, grills, basketball and volleyball courts, a horseshoe pit, and restrooms. Though there are no lifeguards or concessions, there are a few restaurants across the street.
Though Stump Pass Beach is in Charlotte County, unless you are approaching by boat,your only access to it is via the bridges to Manasota Key from Sarasota County. Limited parking and no lifeguards ensure this will continue to be a serene and quiet beach. You'll find long hiking trails, ranger-led turtle walks, boardwalks, picnic tables, and restrooms. Stump Pass is an excellent spot for fishing for flounder, redfish, tarpon, snook, and more. Seemingly endless paddling is possible through myriad islands, preserves, and even Stump Pass State Park.