When asked where “Florida’s least crowded best beaches” might be… enchanting Manasota Key Beaches comes to mind! Just off the coast of Englewood between Sarasota and Fort Myers on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Manasota Key is 7 miles in length with four expansive beaches.

The popular Englewood Beach lies just over the south bridge and features a boardwalk, picnic tables under shelters, restrooms and changing facilities. Restaurants and tourist shops are located nearby. A couple of miles south lies the more secluded Stump Pass Beach, part of Florida’s state park system. The park claims the entire southern end of the key. Visitors can explore the mile-long beach and hike the trails where tortoises and egrets call home.

North of Englewood Beach, Blind Pass Beach is a great place to search for shark teeth. The beach also includes a nature trail that meanders through mangroves and sand dunes. Farther north, Manasota Beach offers tranquility and is a popular snorkeling area. Boogie boards, noodles and beach balls are welcome (but California surfers may prefer the Atlantic coast).

Manasota Key is a barrier island off the coast of Englewood; known as the “Gem and the Heart of the Sun Coast”, “a bit of Heaven on Earth”, “a place unspoiled by high rises and high prices”, and “where the “livin” is easy”. Englewood is a community of communities, set comfortably on an area straddling Sarasota and Charlotte counties. Located on Lemon Bay, Englewood has grown from its humble beginnings as a farming area for lumber, lemons and turpentine to a beach community that thrives on nature parks, fishing, boating, and so much more. Englewood is just a short 85 miles south of Tampa Bay, 90 miles north of Naples, 50 miles north of Fort Myers, and only 35 miles south of Sarasota. Englewood is easily accessible from U.S. Route 41 or Interstate 75.

Manasota Key is accessed by two bridges. The Manasota Bridge to the north leads directly to Manasota Beach with the most northern end reserved for an exclusive gated enclave. Martina Navratilova and country singer Tim McGraw are known to winter there at their beachfront mansions. Manasota Beach with its’ community boat ramp just south of the intra-coastal drawbridge, is an attractive spot for locals to launch their boats with quick and easy access to Lemon Bay and the Gulf. It’s also a place to see courting manatees and often a mother manatee with her calf. There’s even a friendly dolphin who enjoys showing off while your standing on the bridge.

South of Manasota Beach, be sure to travel the canopied road where extraordinary residences and some 50’s styled beach homes are nestled in dunes or tucked neatly behind established groves of trees. As you approach a bend in the road, capture a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico and Blind Pass Beach. This is where The Hermitage, a 4-acre artist and writers’ retreat invites international talent to expand their talents at a group of restored historic homes located directly on the shore. Artists are invited to stay for up to six-weeks and in return they are asked to provide two services to the community.

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1160 S. McCall Road
Englewood, FL 34223
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