Englewood is an area in the Gulf Coast of Florida, which is becoming increasingly popular with holidaymakers. It was originally founded as a fishing village in 1896, and fishing is still a large part of the community and the area’s economy, but it has also developed into a fantastic holiday destination. The stunning coastline and relaxed vibe have attracted artists from all over the world, families looking for relaxation and couples (of any age) seeking quality time together. This guide introduces the key factors and attractions to consider when planning a trip to Englewood to help you get the most out of your trip.
Where to Stay
The most luxurious way to enjoy the Englewood area is to rent a villa. James Villas offer a wide range of villas in Gulf Coast, including several just outside the town of Rotonda, which is close to plenty of local amenities as well as golf courses. You’ll be ideally located for sunbathing and swimming as well as water sports and fishing.
Food and Drink
Fishing is a huge part of the local economy, so it’s not surprising that Englewood is a great place to enjoy some of the freshest seafood around. Here are some of the best seafood restaurants in the area.
- For a relaxed dining experience in the open air, head to the Englewood Beach’s Lock ‘N Key Restaurant. It’s well known for the delicious and spicy crab cake sandwich.
- Enjoy the beautiful waters of the Gasparilla Sound bay from the Fishery Restaurant, where you can look over the stunning scenery while tucking into incredible shrimp and other seafood delights.
- If you want a slightly busier night out, the Royal Palm Marina is a great place to take in the sunset and do some people watching from Zeke’s Bayside Bar and Grill.
Best Englewood Beaches
Unsurprisingly, the most popular beach in the area is Englewood Beach. It is a family-friendly beach with calm waves, plenty of restaurants and bars, pavilions, and even basketball and volleyball courts to use. Alternatively, Stump Pass Beach is a sandy beach, which is a great place to go hunting for shells and shark teeth. Dogs can’t enjoy the beach but are allowed on the boardwalk and in the park. Finally, Indian Mound Park is a beautiful spot for boating and has picnic tables that overlook the water.
Things to Do
A big favorite with all kinds of travelers, but especially with families is Englewood Beach. With its wonderful sand, sea, and sports as well as the beautiful views of the Gulf of Mexico and the multi-colored sailboats bobbing on the ocean, it’s easy to while away the hours or even days here. The area is also well-known for being able to spot sea cows and dolphins jumping and playing in the sea. If shopping is something you like to do when on holiday, there’s plenty to keep you busy from the antique stores and car shows as well as a monthly farmer’s market and chic home décor shops as well as arts, crafts and unique jewelry in West Dearborn Street near Lemon Bay. There is also a music and seafood festival every year, plus several golf courses.