Midnight Pass BeachSarasota, FL
Midnight Pass is a great local beach that’s best accessed by boat. It’s located on the very southern tip of Siesta Key and used to be a flowing inlet that separated Siesta from Casey Key (don’t get me started on why it should be reopened). It’s a great place to visit because it’s super peaceful, never crowded and the beach is beautiful! It also is great because you can beach your boat just on the eastern side of the sand dune and simply walk over to the beach.
HOW TO GET HERE
To access this beach, keep your boats about 15 to 20 feet off the left-hand mangroves as you head west from the ICW. There is a big sand bar to your right that covers almost the entire approach. The water gets a little deeper as you near the dune due to the regular prop wash from all the visitors. There are also a few, nice, openings in the mangroves where you can beach the boat.
MINIMAL PARKING AND AMENITIES
On busy weekends it’s best to arrive early because there is only room for about 10 boats. Midnight Pass is also a popular place for kayakers and stand-up paddlers and they frequently beach their boats/boards in the super-shallow area to the right. Also, there are no showers or restrooms and people often bring their dogs.
In this world where it’s hard to find a sparsely populated beach that’s truly, “Old Florida”, Midnight Pass beach stands out! It’s a great place to live the lazy life and makes an amazing lazy location!
BEST SPOT TO ANCHOR/BEACH:
On the bayside of the dune
Blackburn Point Rd. Park (East of Swing Bridge)
Casey Key Fish House, Evie’s at Spanish Point, Spearfish Grill at Siesta Key Marina
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