Florida Beaches - Venice: Blind Pass Beach

A quiet place to enjoy the native beauty of Manasota Key

Looking for a quiet place to enjoy a beautiful sunrise and a morning of fishing? Blind Pass Beach is the perfect place to be for a morning or afternoon of solitude at the beach. Also referred to by the locals as Middle Beach, because it sits in between Manasota Beach and Englewood Beach on the beautiful Manasota Key barrier island, it has an abundance of small coves on the Lemon Bay side that make for many opportunities to catch fish. If you aren’t having any luck fishing on the bay side, you can always switch to the Gulf of Mexico side and try your luck there.

The best part about the Blind Pass Beach is that it is never too crowded because visitors have three other options of public beaches on Manasota Key. Since there is a bridge connection in the north near Manasota Beach and another bridge connecting in the south near Englewood Beach and Stump Pass Beach, most visitors choose those beach locations closest to either bridge. The variety of options for beaches on Manasota Key keeps visitors from crowding into one small space. So you will have plenty of room to spread out, and enjoy a peaceful afternoon fishing or sunbathing here at Blind Pass Beach.

Although most beach goers pick the closer Manasota Key destinations, a great reason to visit Blind Pass Beach is the drive along Manasota Key Road. You will encounter a few homes along the way but most have kept the beautiful natural vegetation of the area. There is not much traffic heading towards Blind Pass Beach, so take your time and enjoy the beautiful view of the beach and the water.

There are amenities like restrooms, picnic tables, a canoe launch and even a small hiking trail available but this may not be the best place to bring small children for a day in the sun. No lifeguards are on duty and although there is a playground, it is on the other side of the parking lot, far removed from the beach area. For couples or those with older children occupied easily by the sand and the beach, this is a great place to relax without worrying about lots of noise and disturbance from other beach goers.

From Venice, take US-41 (Tamiami Trail) south to SR 776/Englewood Road then right onto Manasota Beach Road and once you head over the Manasota Bridge head south about 2 miles and you will end up at Blind Pass Beach.