Bunces PassTierra Verde, FL
Bunces Pass is a fantastic, family-friendly place to relax and is a beautiful setting for spending the day on your boat.
Bunces Pass is located within Fort DeSoto County Park and is the pass that separates the Park from Shell Key. It’s totally unspoiled and the only buildings that can be seen are located miles away in St. Pete Beach. The main area to anchor is at the southern shoreline of the pass. Within this area you’ll find shallow waters, a spacious, interior lagoon and a combination of hard and soft sand.
Located at the mouth of Tampa Bay, Bunces Pass is south of St. Pete Beach and north of Anna Maria Island. Within a five mile radius you’ll find the amazing locations of Fort DeSoto Beach, Passage Key, Anna Maria Island, Egmont Key, and Pass-A-Grille. Since this area has the second highest number of registered boats in the State, Bunces Pass is a popular place.
St. Pete Beach and Tierra Verde are a short distance away from Bunces Pass. As a result, it’s an easy trip to get bait, fuel, ice or food. Furthermore, the largest boat ramp park in the world is located about a quarter mile away.
COUNTY COMMISSIONER CONTROVERSY
Currently, Pinellas County commissioners are reconsidering a recent ordinance that no longer allows boats of any kind inside the lagoon. I just listened to the updated hearing and, thanks to local boaters voicing their opinions and signing a petition, it appears that they will re-open the lagoon to boaters but make it an “idle speed” zone instead. The official vote won’t happen until their next meeting but it is promising none the less.
White, Soft & Hard Combo
Anchoring Along the Beach or Inside Lagoon (legislation pending)
Use Bow and Stern Anchor
Mostly Calm/Wind-Driven and Boat Wakes
WALKING DISTANCE TO BEACH:
Anchor on the Beach
Very Good/Epic During Spring
Many in the Area
Numerous Inns and Private Homes
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