Mother Nature rules in this beachfront community bordered by three bodies of water and miles of soft, powder white sand.
Photo: Michael Hanson
Englewood Beach is the most popular—a sandy stretch with calm surf, pavilions, and volleyball/basketball courts across the street from local restaurants and bars.
Shark teeth and seashells sprinkle the sandy shores of Stump Pass Beach, where dogs are allowed in the park and on the boardwalk (not on the beach).
Indian Mound Park has a public boat ramp and wooden picnic tables overlooking the water.