We vacation in the area usually twice a year and have always taken this beach for grantred. In actual fact it has everything you need - bbq areas, changing rooms and toilets as well as gently sloping beach into the water, plus various cafes/restaurants/drinking establishments right opposite. The grand finale has to be sunset watching - we've often gone to Fisherman's Village in Punta Gorda to see sunsets but why bother driving the distance when this beach is right on the doorstep! In our view this beach is as good as any in the area.
Ok, you have to pay for parking but at 75c per hour it's not going to break your wallet and at least the lot's well laid out.
Stump Pass beach is a mile more so further along. It is narrower and the drop into the water is steeper but it's usually quieter and great if you spot dolphins.
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