Lemon Bay-Myakka Trail Scenic Byway: Quiet Time
By Dalia Colon
Where:The road forms an upside-down “A” shape in West Central Florida, about 30 miles south of Sarasota.
Length: Approximately 48 miles.
How to get around: Car, boat or golf cart.
Fun fact: Myakka refers to the Native Americans who lived along the St. Johns River in the 16th century.
If you prefer secluded beaches to spring break hotspots, then this out-of-the-way part of West Central Florida is your ticket to R&R. Rent a beach house on tucked-away Don Pedro Island, accessible only by ferry or private boat, or on tony Gasparilla Island, known as the “Tarpon Capital of the World.” With little traffic, activities like fishing, tennis and lighthouse-climbing are the hobbies du jour on these remote islands.
A long weekend along this byway might have you feeling lost in time. And for a truly timeless getaway, visit the area’s three historic districts. The area of El Jobean boasts a charming post office/general store.
The Hermitage-Whitney Historic District spans 35 acres.
Pick up the pace a bit in Historic Old Englewood Village, which combines the appeal of art galleries and restaurants with the charm of early pioneer architecture.
Photos by Luis Santana for VISIT FLORIDA