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Manasota Key's ideal location on the Southwest Florida Gulf coast is halfway between Sarasota and Fort Myers, the Englewood area offers visitors a tranquil, relaxed vacation destination within proximity of many activities and attractions including golf, water sports, Sarasota's arts and entertainment, the shops of Venice, Boca Grande's world class tarpon fishing and much more.
Manasota Key is second to none for shelling and discovering pre- historic fossilized shark teeth and various fossils.
Beaches, art and history museums, a variety of restaurants, fishing, golf, shopping, spas, sailing, snorkeling and kayaking – they're all at your command within Englewood and it's surrounding communities. Delve into the possibilities to begin your perfect vacation.
Here you can sink your toes into soft white sand while searching for exotic seashells or come face-to-face with a gopher tortoise on an relaxing hike through Stump Pass park.
Manasota Key's beaches are one of Florida's best-kept secrets - easily accessible yet quiet and remote enough to attract abundant bird life, dolphins, sea turtles and other wildlife. There are no big crowds here, just plenty of white sand lapped by gentle waves from the Gulf of Mexico decorated with colorful shells.
Englewood and Boca Grande
In downtown Englewood, wander amidst the boutiques, bistros
and galleries along Dearborn Street – a mural project makes the very buildings
a canvas. Some of the area’s most memorable sights exist inside three state
parks along its barrier islands: Stump Pass Beach, where you can sift the sand
for shark teeth or fish for tarpon; Don Pedro Island, where boat-only access
protects pristine beaches; and Gasparilla Island, where you can tour the
circa-1890 Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum. On Boca Grande, find more shopping and
Port Charlotte and Charlotte Harbor
Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River virtually swallow the
landscape, drawing all kinds of nature enthusiasts near. You’ll find
recreational lands, fishing charters and paddling outfitters, along with a few
surprises: Port Charlotte operates history-minded trolley and boat tours, and
maintains both a symphony orchestra and a community playhouse.
Its perch on Charlotte Harbor and the Peace River never goes
unnoticed by anglers and nature-seekers. It also inspires resident and visiting
artists, who have fashioned a creative hook for this fishing village. More than
20 hand-painted murals depict local flora, fauna and founders. On and around
Marion Avenue, you can shop and lunch amid the arts (and palms, old-style
street lamps and brick streets). Fishermen’s Village presents more of the same,
as well as fishing charters and scenic cruises.
Well-preserved Mediterranean Revival structures and
beautiful water views are responsible for the Venetian vibe here. Browse the
museum at The Triangle Inn and tour the Venice Train Station, both restored
since their 1927 completion. If prehistory is your passion, make plans to visit
during the annual Shark's Tooth Festival.
The arts are the keepers of this city by the bay. Become a
patron of the opera, ballet or theater (the Asolo Repertory Theatre Company
periodically performs at a playhouse built in 18th-century Italy). Visual arts
belong to the John and Mable Ringling Museum, where the Old Masters hang
alongside even older (ancient) ceramics from Cyprus. Cà d'Zan, the Ringling's
Venetian-style winter manse, is another look-don't-touch stunner, and a circus
museum on the grounds tells of Sarasota's big-top heritage. Appreciate the
city's historic architecture, named, appropriately, the Sarasota School style;
the bright-hued buildings of Towles Court Artists Colony house galleries and%3
Charlotte County Harbor Super Boat Grand Prix. April 11-13 2014 (link below)
On the hunt for the teeth of giant prehistoric sharks (follow the link below)
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