Big Pass SandbarSarasota, FL
Sarasota’s “Big Pass” sandbar is one of the most popular places for boaters in the area. It’s a popular spot due to its clean, clear water and white, sandy beach. It’s a great place to spend the day with family and friends!
The Big Pass sandbar is constantly changing due to the strong currents in the area. Its current form consists of a large strip of sand located in the middle of Big Sarasota Pass and it’s much smaller than it used to be. Consequently, its smaller shoreline fills up quickly on busy days.
The trickiest part of anchoring here is handling the strong currents that flow through the pass. It’s best to try to anchor on the inside of the sandbar (eastern side) and a stern anchor is a must! If you can’t anchor on the eastern side, then anchor as close to the island as possible. That way you can walk to and from the boat without having to swim against the current.
BEST LOCATIONS TO ANCHOR
The best place for minimal tidal effect is the eastern (inside) location of the sandbar. The second best place is the northern shoreline. The side facing the channel (southern side) is fine but you’ll constantly deal with boat wakes from the continuous boat traffic that travels through the pass daily.
Make sure to visit beautiful Big Pass sandbar if you’re in the Sarasota area. It’s a great place to chill out and spend the day!
Clean, Hard-Packed Sand
BEST SPOT TO ANCHOR/BEACH:
On the North Side of the Island
10th St. Boat Ramp, City Island Boat Ramp
Yes (Strong Depending on Tide)
Calm but Boat Wakes on the Southern Side from the Pass
Marina Jack, New Pass Grill, O’Leary’s
Hyatt Regency Downtown Sarasota
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