While taking in the scenery and spectacular views of the Gulf, a leisurely ride along Manasota Key Road is an unbelievable experience. And, if you work up a sweat, it’s easy to pull over and cool off at one of the beaches along the way. The narrow winding road eventually ends at Stump Pass Park where you can take a stroll under a canopy of trees to your own private sandy location.
You may want to pack snorkel gear as at low tide you can head to some great little islands south of Stump Pass (about a mile and a half, total) for some of the best shelling and marine life viewing.
Lemon Bay Park offers several miles of hiking trails, butterfly garden, kayak launch location and is also pet friendly.
Kayak & Bike Rentals
Allure Boat Rentals, 1937 Beach Road, Englewood – (941) 475-2628
Bikes & Boards, 966 McCall Road, Englewood – (941) 474-2019
Ongoing Group Rides & Jogging Meets:
Cycling: Enjoy all levels of group training with morning, evening and weekend rides from Bradenton to Port Charlotte. More Info
Jogging: The Manasota Track Club has regular training runs from Englewood to Venice and Sarasota with morning evening and weekend runs for all levels. More Info
Other interesting rides:
Boca Grande Bike Path –
Length: 6.50 miles Surface: Asphalt
Visitors come to Gasparilla Island for its soothing beaches, upscale eateries, shopping and the history in and around Boca Grande. You, too, can sample these amenities up and down this paved 6.5-mile trail.
Parking and Trail Access – To access the northern trailhead from Port Charlotte, take State Route 776 south to SR 771, which accesses the island via the Boca Grande Causeway (toll). The trailhead is on the left, just past the causeway.
To reach the Range Light Beach access, follow the above directions onto the island, but continue on SR 771 south. The access point is on the right, within sight of the old lighthouse.
Cape Haze Pioneer Trail –
Length: 6.80 miles Surface: Asphalt
When you walk, run, skate or bike the nearly 7-mile Cape Haze Pioneer Trail, you’re tracing the line that once serviced Florida’s early phosphate industry and also moved people, livestock and locally grown crops to waiting steamships in Boca Grande.
There are plans to extend the trail south to the Gulf and connect it with the Boca Grande Bike Path.
Parking and Trail Access – To reach the Robert and Anne Mercer Trailhead from Port Charlotte, take State Route 776 west to SR 771 south. The trailhead lies on the right about a block south of the intersection.
To reach the Rotonda Boulevard East trailhead, follow the above directions but continue south on SR 771 about 2 miles, then turn right on Rotonda. The trailhead is on the left.
To reach the R. David Johnson Trailhead, follow the directions to the Rotonda trailhead but continue south on SR 771 just more than 2 miles to Harness Road; turn right and continue to the trailhead.
Legacy Trail –
Length: 12.40 miles Surface: Asphalt
The Legacy Trail between Sarasota to Venice covers 12 miles and runs along a former CSX Railroad corridor. The trail passes by lovely waterways and includes rest areas with benches and restrooms. A bypass over US 41 allows for a direct connection to the Venetian Waterway Park.
Venetian Waterway Park –
Length: 9.50 miles Surface: Concrete, Grass
The Venetian Waterway Park Trail follows along both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway. You will also find playgrounds, fitness stops as well as beautiful Caspersen Beach. The north end of the trail links directly with the Legacy Trail.