Once known solely for its fishing trade, Englewood has grown into so much more. There’s a bustling art community and authentic beach town atmosphere that appeals to all. Sun soaked, sugar sands, and an abundance of aquatic activities make Englewood a clear top destination along the Gulf of Mexico.
Englewood is divided into a variation of waterfront and non-waterfront neighborhoods. Some of the more well-known neighborhoods are Olde Englewood, Manasota Key, East Englewood, 5 separate Rotonda West communites, Placida, Grove City, Cape Haze, Gulf Cove/South Gulf Cove, Little Gasparilla Island, Knight Island (aka Palm Island), and Boca Grande. Englewood, a picturesque community shared by both Sarasota and Charlotte counties.
Breathtaking gulf views, water sports, quaint shops, and exploring some of Florida’s most notable cultural and artistic events are what put Englewood on the map. The courageous may enjoy spending the day parasailing over the Gulf of Mexico, while the adventurous may visit one of Englewood’s many biking and hiking trails. The area is home to 11 beautiful golf courses, with the majority being open to the public year round. Sport fishing also takes a top spot for reasons that visitors choose Englewood, from backwater flats fishing to world-class Tarpon fishing, this area has plenty to offer for all. The Lemon Bay Playhouse, located on historic Dearborn Street, provides live community theater year-round. And numerous eateries offer Florida seafood and fine southern cuisine.
There is no question that Englewood’s main allure is its beaches & waterways. Manasota Key is home to four beaches that are accessible by two bridges: Tom Adams Bridge and Manasota Beach Road Bridge. Visitors may take in the Gulf of Mexico’s serene beauty at Englewood Beach, Manasota Beach, Stump Pass Beach, or Blind Pass Beach. Each beach is wild and protected by the state of Florida, ensuring that the pristine white sands and natural habitats are in top shape year-round. Visitors from May to October may be delighted to see a nest of sea turtles make their way to the Gulf or watch a school of dolphins frolicking in the water.
Numerous parks can be found in the Englewood area. Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park, Lemon Bay Park and Nature Center, and Cedar Point Environmental Park highlight a few of the most recognized of the community. Many of the parks offer canoeing, kayaking, fishing, nature preserves, environmental centers and more.
Needless to say, there’s always something to do in this unique waterfront community. Where few buildings reach a maximum of three or four stories, serene, undisturbed atmosphere is sure to create lasting memories.