Manasota Key Area Information
Pearl Beach Inn is located on Manasota Key, an enchanting barrier island off the coast of Englewood where there are no high-rises, no traffic lights, just a two-lane road and pristine Beaches. There are low-rise multi-family condos and apartments on the south end of the island. The north end has private homes on one-acre lots, tucked behind lush tropical foliage. Several quality Restaurants are nearby to the Pearl Beach Inn and as close as neighboring Venice.
Englewood is known as the Gem of the Sun Coast, the Heart of the Sun Coast, a bit of Heaven on Earth, a place unspoiled by high rises and high prices, and where the living is easy. Englewood is a community of communities, set comfortably on an area straddling two counties, harbored by several small islands and magnificent beaches in a tropical setting. Englewood is a beach community that thrives on its cultural events, nature parks, beaches, fishing, boating, and so much more.
Located on the beautiful Lemon Bay, off the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, Englewood is just a short 85 mile trip away from metropolitan 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.
Englewood 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 while at the same time being conveniently located at 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 they 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 of an 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.
Enjoy the most spectacular angling in Florida, including the infamous Tarpon Fishing at Boca Grande. Dig your toes in the sand of Florida's least crowded beaches. Play Golf. Picnic in one of 48 parks. Wander farther south to the historic waterfront town of Punta Gorda. Explore art galleries and museums. Visit the quaint shops of Fisherman's Village. Or, do something else that comes naturally here… Just soak in the warm sunshine, dig your toes in the sand and breathe, in the clean air.
Englewood and Manasota Key…It's pure Florida of long ago.
On Going Events And Attractions In The Area
- Cedar Point Environmental Park-2300 Placida Rd, Lemon Bay, Englewood, 941-475-0769. www.checflorida.org
- Lemon Bay Playhouse-96 W Dearborn St, Englewood, 941-475-6756. http://lemonbayplayhouse.com
- Warm Mineral Springs Park-12200 San Servando Ave, North Port, 941-426-1692. www.warmmineralsprings.com
- Boca Grande Art Alliance-236 Banyon St, Boca Grande, 941-964-1700. www.bocagrandeartalliance.org
- Boca Grande Lighthouse Museum-Gasparilla Island State Park, 880 Belcher Rd, Boca Grande, 941-964-0060. www.barrierislandparksociety.org
- Manasota Scrub Preserve-2695 Bridge Street, Englewood, 941-861-5000.
- Venice Area Audubon Rookery-Annex Rd, Venice. www.veniceaudubon.org
- Venice Arts Center-390 S Nokomis Av S, Venice, 941-485-7136. www.veniceartscenter.com
- Venice Waterway Park-257 N Tamiami Trl, Venice, 941-207-8224. www.vabi.org
- Historic Spanish Point-337 North Tamiami Trail, Osprey, 941-966-5214. www.historicspanishpoint.org
- Venice Train Depot/Coakley Railroad Park-303 E Venice Ave, Venice, 941-412-0151. www.venicehistory.com
- Crowley Museum & Nature Center-16405 Myakka Rd., Sarasota, 941-322-1000. www.cmncfl.org
- Big Cat Habitat & Gulf Coast Sanctuary-7101 Palmer Blvd., Sarasota, 941-371-6377. www.bigcathabitat.org
- Anna Maria Historical Museum-402 Pine Ave., Anna Maria Island, 941-778-0492. www.amihs.org
- Marie Selby Botanical Gardens-811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, 941-366-5731. www.selby.org
- Mote Aquarium-1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy., Sarasota, 1-800-691-6683. www.mote.org
- Sarasota Classic Car Museum-5500 North Tamiami Trl., Sarasota, 941-355-6288. www.sarasotacarmuseum.org
- Sarasota Jungle Gardens-3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, 941-355-5305. www.sarasotajunglegardens.com
- South Florida Museum, Bishop Planetarium & Parker Manatee Aquarium-201 10th St. W, Bradenton, 941-746-4131. www.southfloridamuseum.org
- Fishermen's Village-1200 W. Retta Esplanade #58, Punta Gorda, 941-639-8721. www.fishville.com
- Babcock Wilderness Adventures-8000 State Road 31, Punta Gorda, 1-800-500-5583.
- Boca Boat Cruise & Charters-5800 Gasparilla Rd., Boca Grande, 1-888-416-2628.
- Charlotte County Citrus-28900 Bermont Rd., CR74, Punta Gorda, 941-639-4584.
- Florida Adventure Museum-260 W. Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda, 941-639-3777.
- Key West Express-Fort Myers, 1-888-539-2628. www.seakeywestexpress.com