Englewood, a picturesque community shared by both Sarasota and Charlotte counties, is home to beautiful beaches, several hidden islands, nature parks, cultural events and more. Englewood has multiple public and private elementary schools, middle schools and is home to Lemon Bay High School. Manasota Key, one of Englewood’s barrier islands, is a peaceful 7-mile stretch of the most pristine and natural beaches in the area, including Englewood Beach, Manasota Beach, Stump Pass Beach and Blind Pass Beach. The winding drive through Manasota Key will lead you along a quaint path of 50’s-style beach homes and unspoiled mangroves – all leading to a breathtaking view of the Gulf of Mexico.The area’s most recognized beach is Englewood Beach. Featuring a boardwalk, picnic tables, playground, BBQ grills, restrooms and changing facilities. There’s not much more needed to enjoy days, weeks, or even years, gazing into the ocean as the sun sets. Restaurants, tourist shops and local shopping can also be found nearby. Stump Pass Beach, located just a couple of miles south, is part of Florida’s state park system. Only a mile long, the beach and scenic trails leave a lasting impression. North of Englewood Beach is Blind Pass Beach, also known as Middle Beach. This beach includes nature trails with mangroves and sand dunes, shark’s teeth and more. The northern-most beach is Sarasota County’s Manasota Beach, popular for its tranquil environment. It is the only public beach in Englewood with a lifeguard and has a no smoking policy. Whichever beach is visited, is sure to be a relaxing and memorable experience.Numerous parks can be found in the Englewood area. Ann Dever Memorial Regional Park, Lemon Bay Park and Nature Center, and Cedar Point Environmental Park highlight a few of the most recognized of the community. Many of the parks offer canoeing, kayaking, fishing, nature preserves, environmental centers and more.Needless to say, there’s always something to do in this unique waterfront community. Where few buildings reach a maximum of three or four stories, serene, undisturbed atmosphere is sure to create lasting memories.- Englewood Chamber of Commerce
Venice is one of the few cities on Florida's west coast that is not separated from the Gulf by a barrier island. Preserving the original character of Venice, the city created the Historic Venice District and an Architectural Review Board to ensure that new construction or modification of existing buildings conform to the northern Italian renaissance style of the city's original architecture. Designation as a Florida Main Street City by the state further assures that Venice's heritage will be preserved. It is rated among the top places in the country to retire.Venice is a warm, friendly community. Whether you like shopping in the unique stores of the downtown Venice Main Street district or prefer golfing, boating, fishing, or just laying on the beach, Venice has it all.There are a number of special surprises awaiting you in the Venice area, such as our Venetian Waterway Park, a linear park that parallels both sides of the Intracoastal Waterway providing almost 10 miles of waterfront view for exercise and recreational use. Along the park, you can also visit our recently restored Venice Train Depot at the northeast end. In its day, the depot greeted those who had the greatest impact on creating the Venice we know today. Like the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers, the U.S. Army Air Corp., the Kentucky Military Institute (KMI) and Ringling Brothers, Barnum and Bailey Circus all of whom left their mark on our area.For even more history, check out Historic Spanish Point in Osprey. A trip to this attraction will provide you with great insight into the life and times of our early pioneers. Or, if you want to go further back in time, you can search for sharks teeth on our beaches. The shark tooth capital of the world, Venice, Florida, is known for its spectacular shoreline. - Venice Chamber of Commerce
West Villages Area
North Port is the fastest growing city in Florida, containing very large-scale residential subdivisions along with an extensive network of streets. The municipality has annexed nearby locales including the area known as Warm Mineral Springs, the location of a notable artesian spring as well as its own significant residential subdivision.
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