Englewood Beach is everything a beach should be. Warm gulf coast waters, lots of sand,a boardwalk and clean washrooms . We spend hours here most days . Its not too crowded like some beaches in Florida can be , which is one big advantage of being in small town Florida....ah can't wait to get back.
So on the most recent trip to englewood (just returned jan 8th).. my husband and father found out that fishing isn't as easy in january as it was in april. They're going to get better at researching soon. They still find it fun though!
When you go to such a beautiful place such as englewood florida you really have to appreciate the small things like a gorgeous sunset. This helps if you're into these things because there's really not much else to do there.
My husband and dad went fishing when we rented the pontoon boat. Neither of them really knew much about fishing but they caught them so easily. They only stopped due to technical difficulties.. Ran out of hooks.. long story
Anyway they got some rods at walmart.. $15 ea.. bait $3 and figured out how to have some fun with them.. and yes, they actually caught some fish.
We had the best time doing this.., We rented a pontoon boat for four hours.. it was one made for eight people and we were only 5 so we had plenty of room. The water around Englewood is so calm and beautiful, even out on the ocean there were barely any waves.
You gotta bring some good snacks.. We had champagne and stone crab claws.. MMM
Also a fun thing to do is bring a couple of fishing poles to keep you busy. My husband and dad caught three fish in five minutes!..
by the way.., the one we rented was 185 for 4hrs plus gas.. totally worth it!
This was a fun way to spend part of the afternoon on the beach.. Its was funny to watch my dad dive for the ball. Unfortunately we weren't able to catch it on camera!
In case you forget to bring them with you the gift shop right next to the circle K shop has them for only seven bucks!
The closest beach to Port Charlotte is in Englewood. You can go to Englewood beach, but it is crowded and you have to pay to park. Go north, past Englewood beach about 5 miles to Blind Pass beach. Blind Pass has free parking, rest rooms and very few people on miles of beach.
Besides the beauty and lack of crowds, this beach is covered with fossile shark teeth. Just walk down the beach and nearly every black or brown thing you see is going to be a 100 milloin year old shark tooth. They are spaced about 3 feet apart. You can walk the beach and look, or just sit by a pile of shells and sort through them and you will find teeth. They range in size from one eighth of an inch to huge 3 inch fossiles.
Englewood has four excellent public beaches on the barrier island of Manasota Key including Englewood Beach, Manasota Beach, Blind Pass, and Stump Pass. Many consider this region a waterfront paradise for both saltwater and freshwater fishing, cruising, sailing and the great outdoors. Prime fishing is found in Lemon Bay and Stump Pass.
This is a great place to explore the natural beauty of Florida and its wildlife. Cedar Point, Don Pedro Barrier Island, Indian Mound Park, Kiwanis Park and the Lemon Bay Park are worth visiting. Also close at hand are the Venice Rookery and Oscar Scherer State Park in Venice and nearby Myakka River State Park (east of I-75) for kayaking, canoeing, and hiking.
The Englewood Sports Complex is excellent place for families featuring lots of fields for amateur baseball, softball and soccer as well as tennis courts, playground and picnic areas. San Casa Athletic Complex also draws a number of athletes while the Trangaili Community Center features a teen center, meeting facility and tennis courts.
Englewood hosts many activities for all to enjoy. Among them are: March Madness Seafood Festival; Turtle Watch; September’s Pioneer Days festival; Florida International Air Show; Manasota Beach Art Show; Englewood Rotary Fine Arts Festival; Boca Grande Tarpon Tournament held in July; and Fourth of July fireworks. Every Labor Day weekend Englewood commemorates the pioneers who were responsible for its origin in 1896.
There are several cultural opportunities, including the Lemon Bay Playhouse, the Lemon Bay Fine Arts Series and activities sponsored by the Englewood Performing Arts Association.
Visit Venice (0.5 hr drive), jewel of the Sun Coast, to explore her famous historic district with amazing Mediterranean Revival and Northern Italian buildings, charming antique stores, restaurants and coffeehouses. You will enjoy local arts visiting a Venice Community Theater, the Art Center, and the Symphony Orchestra.
Englewood is located 35 miles south of Sarasota and 50 miles north of Fort Myers, in the middle of the Florida Gulf Coast on the beautiful Lemon Bay. The town’s area stretches from the boundaries of South Venice Beach and North Port in Sarasota County to the Myakka River in Charlotte County. As a matter of fact, it resides on the peninsula of the peninsula. The Englewood - Cape Haze Peninsula rests on the waters of Lemon Bay and the Charlotte Harbor, and its barrier islands border the Gulf of Mexico; all on the Florida Peninsula’s West Coast.
The attraction of the Gulf Coast is that it can be so many things to so many people. The sub-tropical beaches and gentle climate create an appealing atmosphere for an array of outdoor activities. In addition, the Englewood area offers year-round cultural events, wonderful parks and recreational facilities. The weather could not be better with temperatures averaging 64 degrees Fahrenheit in January while August averages 82°. Here you can enjoy the simple pleasure in life of swimming in the surf and drying in the sun on the white sands of Manasota Key. Listen to the secrets that wet winds from the Lemon Bay hold. Hike through neighboring Lemon Bay Park looking for the Eagle's Nest (or visit Venice Rookery). Bike to the Englewood Recreation Center and play some tennis. At the end of the day remember to watch the sunset over the Gulf on the boardwalk at Englewood Beach (Lemon Bay sunset is gorgeous too).
There are plenty of accommodation choices as well – you can rent a house or stay at one of the resorts.
I'm fascinated with the fossilized shark's teeth we find here . Take a look at these huge teeth we saw at the Seafood Festival in Placida. Can you imagine how big these fish were!!
Here is a picture of an osprey enjoying his fish lunch . If you like to bird watch , they put on a good show.
On our walk in Stump's Pass park we spotted thhis cactus blooming . I've noticed these cactus around the area many times but it's the first one I saw in bloom . I thought it was quite lovely!
As part of the Seminole Tour we saw a wonderful and very informative snake show.We saw rattlesnakes, copperhead snakes, cotton mouth snakes and the colorful coral snake s, to name a few.