One of our highlights of staying on Manasota Key was the Inn we ended up at. It was called The Pearl Beach Inn and located on the Gulf of Mexico side, in the central part of the island. It was a small, beautiful inn with incredible private beach. We saw so many large birds and pelicans while their and the beach combing was fantastic. Everything from huge shells to sharks teeth could be found, though you had to be careful for the turtle nests where they laid their eggs as it's a very active area. The Inn had a kitchenette and you could hear the waves from your room which was important to us. Can't wait to go back there!