Englewood is just a short 85-mile trip from metropolitan Tampa Bay, 90 miles north of Naples, 50 miles north of Fort Myers and only 35 miles south of Sarasota. The community is easily accessible from U.S. Route 41 or Interstate 75.
The city has four beaches on the barrier island of Manasota Key. Manasota Beach and Blind Pass Beach both offer a variety of amenities. Manasota Beach boasts 14 acres of gulf front beach and sand dunes with special areas set-aside for sheltered tables, barbecue pits, boardwalks and bathhouse facilities. Blind Pass Beach is ideal for swimming, fishing and has more than 60 acres of nature trails. There's a docking area for boaters on the Intra Coastal Waterway. Englewood Beach offers recreation areas, boardwalk, picnic tables, and concession stands as well as conveniently located nearby restaurants, shops, and nightclubs. Walking south from Englewood Beach is Stump Pass Beach; a narrow strip of beach that offers anglers a great place to fish.
The Southwest Coast of Florida, and Englewood in particular, has a variety of shells for the serious or just fun-loving shell collector to find. Many of these shells not only arrive on the beach intact, surviving the trip to shore, but are still inhabited and very much alive. Many shells found on Englewood beaches are the Left Handed Whelks, the Auger shells, Coquina shells and, caught at low tide, the Rough Scallop and the Fighting Conch that are great for chowders.
Another common find is the Shark Teeth that usually come ashore after a storm. Some of these shark teeth are over a million years old, black and brown colored, ranging from a tiny 1/8th inch to three inches long.
Celebrated every Labor Day Weekend, Englewood commemorates the pioneers who were responsible for its origin in 1896. Golf and fishing tournaments, boat races and a huge parade bring this community to life. Other annual celebrations include an Art Guild Show, Seafood Festival, July Beach Bash with Fireworks, as well as the annual Turtle Watch, when Sea Turtles come ashore to lay their eggs in the sand.
Located on the North end of the Cape Haze Peninsula, the Englewood community is literally surrounded by the Gulf of Mexico. The area offers a wide range of recreational activities that come with miles of unspoiled beach, world-class fishing, power boating, canoeing and sailing. Additionally, Englewood offers numerous golf courses and tennis clubs, as well as arts and entertainment to suit any taste.
Lemon Bay and the nearby waters of Charlotte Harbor and the Gulf of Mexico are internationally known as a fishing haven. Whether you're boating recreationally, or fishing in the World's Richest Tarpon Tournament, you'll find waters in the region a pleasure.