Sitting on the glorious shores of Florida’s Gulf Coast is the town of Englewood, Florida. This is a small community where visitors are welcomed with open arms to enjoy the stunning beaches, large, green parks and world famous fishing beats which surround Englewood. Located between Charlotte and Sarasota, Englewood has a fantastic maritime atmosphere, and has been the staring point for many excellent sailing holidays in the Gulf of Mexico.
Any guide to Englewood, Florida will start with the coast. It is here that most of the action happens in Englewood, with the majority of houses, villas and condos hugging the coastline, offering exceptional views over the Gulf and over Manasota Key. There are also some wonderful restaurants along this strip, specialising, unsurprisingly, in world class seafood.
There are plenty of beaches to choose from. The fine white sands of the Gulf Coast are I beach lovers dream, fine and soft, and perfect for lazy days with the sun on your face. There are a great range of leisure facilities along the beaches too. Fishing from the beach is very exciting from Blind Pass Beach, which is also the starting point for over 60 acres of nature trails. Manasota Beach is a highly social place to relax in the sun, as there are even bbq pits, bathhouses and sheltered picnic areas.
Off-shore from a self catering Englewood villa you will find many hours of entertainment. The sailing in the Gulf of Mexico is world famous, and there are plenty of fantastic spots to drop anchor, go for a swim and have lunch. However, it is the deep sea fishing which sees most mariners flock to Englewood accommodation. The deep sea fishing in the Gulf is known worldwide to be sensational, some of the best of which can be found in the Lemon Bay area. Chartered trips are easily arranged from an Englewood villa, and local information is readily available.
There are also some wonderful golf courses in the Englewood area. Within the town limits are no less than eight golf courses open to the public, and as long as you remember to pack your handicap certificate, there will be no problems in organising a round or two.
The natural surroundings of Englewood, Florida are beautifully unspoilt. The town itself boasts some magnificent parks in which to relax, including Cedar Point, Don Pedro Barrier Island and Kiwanis Park, but it is the Myakka River State Park which is most exciting. Located just outside the town, the park is a haven for wildlife which can be investigated on foot, bicycle or via the waterways in a canoe.
The town of Sarasota is a great place to visit from a self catering villa in Englewood, Florida. Known as a water sports haven, Sarasota has almost every sporting facility you could imagine, as well as having a rich artistic heritage. The galleries are well worth exploring if you have any interest in local art, and after a long day exploring, there are a huge range of world-class restaurants in which to get your refreshments.
Englewood basks in bright sunshine all year round. Conditions in summer are ideal, with temperatures almost always reaching the high 30’s (˚C) during the middle of the day, but never becoming unbearably hot. Even during the winter, daily conditions are glorious, with temperatures reaching 30˚C regularly and lasting long into the evening.
There is an airport in Sarasota (SRQ), but unfortunately, it does not receive direct flights from the UK. Orlando International (MCO), an hour and a half away by car, does however receive many direct flights from London, provided by both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic.