Englewood or Middle Beach as some people call it, is one of the best Florida beaches and the most directly accessible of the four beaches on Manasota Key.
Once you are on Beach Road, cross the bridge (the area around the bridge is a great place to look for manatees and dolphins), and at the first intersection. There it is directly in front of you, your destination for a day of sun, sand and surf; Englewood Beach.
This is the beach on Manasota Key that is the busiest.
There is lots of parking and it is very reasonably priced. There are change rooms with showers and washrooms. An area to grill, picnic tables, play ground for kids, horse shoes, volleyball nets and basket ball hoops.
You will see a few rules posted as well. But this is just to remind everyone how they are expected to respect the beach area and the other visitors. This way everyone enjoys the best possible day at this glorious beach.
If you bring a picnic lunch, there are picnic tables. But if you forget to bring some food, don't worry. There are restaurants and other shopping venues within a short walk of the beach.
There is often interesting things happening in-between the euphoric moments of beach peace. We have been graced by dolphins swimming by, pelicans and many other water birds are always busy taking care of things. One time a young manatee slowly, floated by the beach giving everyone a wonderful photo op.
We quite often go to the beach for an afternoon of swimming. When we are not enjoying the water, we sit on the beach and read.
When we walk any of the beaches on Manasota Key we are always on the look out for a few special items to add to our seashell collection.
This is great fun when the grandchildren come for a visit. But, I have to admit that both my wife and I, can't resist hunting for that perfect or unique shell to add to our ever-growing collection.
There are nice boardwalks for walking at this beach's sandy shores. But remember walking in the sand is good exercise!
Manasota Key offers many fine places to stay over night. Hotels, motels, house rentals, apartment rentals, resorts and more. You can literally choose your style of accommodation. And of course you are never far away from a glorious beach or a variety of delicious places to eat. The most difficult thing you will have to do is make a choice.
Just watch these videos and you will see why we love it so much!