The Stump Pass Beach Park is my idea of a park and beach Combo. We arrived around 10:30am and the lot was full. Park personnel assured us we would have a spot in under 30 minutes, so my wife went to the beach and I waited about 15 minutes. As someone mentioned, arriving before 10am is best for parking.
We walked the nature trail and saw turtles, crabs, blue herons and other wildlife. A nest in a large old tree has baby owls you could see clearly. At the end of the trail, you reach the start of the beach to your right. The whole area is beautiful. We walked back along the beach, just amazed by the sights.