Best Beaches of SW Florida: Englewood Beach

Best Beaches of SW Florida: Englewood Beach

Englewood Beach – locals call it also Middle Beach – is located in Chadwick Park and is a popular beach with beautiful white sand.

How to get there – Scenic Canopy Drive

From Englewood, take the Beach Road to Manasota Key. If you cross the bridge,be sure to stop and have a look! Very often you will enoy watching some Manatees and dolphins.

Alternatively choose the Manasota beach Road in South Venice and take the famous Canopy Drive on Manasota Key Road. You will love driving under the crowns of those old beautiful trees.


At Englewood Beach there are basketball courts, a beach volleyball court, shelters with picnic tables and barbecues, a nice playground and well kept sanitary facilities.

Larger pavilions are often rented for family gatherings. There is ample parking for which a small parking fee is due.

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Great Time on a Historic Walking Tour in Venice Florida

Venice Florida Tours

Have fun on one of the interactive Historic Walking Tours through Downtown Venice provided by your tour guides Ronnie and Tiffany. Whether you have lived in Venice for many years or are just vacationing – let them surprise you with facts and stories that you never heard of and that will help you to appreciate this beautiful city even more than you already do.

Ronnie and Tiffany invite you to a 1 mile tour, that will take around 90 minutes and will be peppered with historical talking point stops. Their charming personality combined with knowledge and humor guarantee that everybody will have a great time.

Please contact them to inquire about their schedule. A reservation is required. See their Facebook Page for more info.


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Best Beaches of SW Florida: Manasota Beach Venice

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The Manasota Beach Road bridge in the northern part of Manasota Key leads you directly to this quiet and pristine beach. Take the boardwalks over the sanddunes and enjoy the crystal clear, turquoise-blue waters and the bright, soft sand that are ideal for swimming and sunbathing. Manasota Beach is also a popular area for snorkeling.

As far as the eye can see, the beach stretches along the coast. On long, peaceable walks you can find many beautiful shells and fossil shark teeth. Even on high season, this beach is never crowded. With some luck, you can even see manatees and dolphins. At the northernmost end, Manasota Key is a quiet bird sanctuary. Many native birds, dolphins and sea turtles live on this stretch of coastline.

There are picnic tables in shady areas, BBQ areas, changing rooms, restrooms and showers. Manasota Beach is staffed with lifeguards all year round. Parking is free – as always on Sarasota County’s beaches.

South of the drawbridge there is a boat ramp that provides easy access to Lemon Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.

Manasota Beach is located on 8570 Manasota Key Rd, Englewood, FL 34223 – only a short 10 minutes drive from our Villa Happy Gator in Venice.

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How about a Venice Culinary Tour?

Venice Culinary Tour


Take your taste buds on a culinary adventure in beautiful Venice!

You are on vacation in Venice and would love to learn more about this city so rich in architecture and history? Even Thomas Edison enjoyed the early social life on his frequent visits to Venice.

Do you know how the intracoastals were dredged? Wouldn’t it be great to hear about Megalodons, that swam in local waters over 2 million years ago? Ponce de Leon, the famous Spanish conquistador, is said to have died nearby.

And wouldn’t it be absolute fantastic to combine all this interesting stuff with delectable food?

Book a Key Culinary Tour through Venice! Their experienced food tour guides are chosen for their knowledge of the area as well as their love of food and all things culinary. They provide an entertaining and memorable event, and of course, the cuisine samplings will delight and excite you!

To book your ultimate culinary experience and for more info, please visit the website



Venice Culinary Tour

Venice Culinary Tour

Oscar Scherer’s 29th Annual Earth Day – April 21 – Oscar Scherer Statepark Osprey FL

Oscar Scherer State Park

Celebrate Earth Day in the great outdoors of Oscar Scherer State Park in Osprey.

Enjoy a day full of planned, fun family-oriented activities like live music, earth friendly food vendors, tram tours and kayaking. There will be a photo contest & exhibit and some guided hikes.

Oscar Scherer’s 29th Annual Earth Day will be Sat. April 21st. Free Event 10:00 – 4:00. Check back on their website for more information and beginning April 1st see 22 days with 22 ways to help the environment with a random winner each day and a top winner announced at the festival.

The park is over 1,380 acres in size, with 15 miles of nature walks and a 3 acre fresh-water lake, Lake Osprey, where you can rent canoes and kayaks as well. And there’s a playground for the kids.

Make sure to get a list of the day’s schedule and activities when you stop at the ranger booth at the entrance.

Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 S Tamiami Trail
Osprey FL 34229

Best Beaches of SW Florida: Blind Pass Park Englewood

Blind Pass Englewood

Blind Pass Beach, also known as Middle Beach, is a real local secret and absolutely worth a visit. The natural beach is situated between Manasota Beach and Stump Pass Beach and offers almost 3000 feet of beautiful sandy coastline with lots of shells, the water is clear and emerald tinted. With some luck, you will find a sand dollar or a few of the famous fossil shark teeth.

Across the street on the bay side, a nice little nature trail is meandering through the mangrove forest.

There are clean restrooms with outside showers, a pavilion, picnic tables, a playground, boat ramps and a canoe launch. As with each Park in Sarasota County, parking is free!

Blind Pass Park is only a short 15 minutes drive away from our Villa Happy Gator.

More info at Sarasota County Website.

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