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Imagine an island paradise with no traffic lights and no high rises, in perfect harmony with its surroundings. Imagine a view of a Gulf sunset from your lanai. Imagine the privacy of a secluded tropical island with centuries-old Banyan trees alive with tropical birds, and dolphins frolicking in the bay, all while being in close proximity to the conveniences you want and need. Imagine Manasota Key.
Manasota Key is an enchanting barrier island separating the Gulf of Mexico from Lemon Bay near Englewood, Florida. There are no high-rises, no traffic lights, just one two-lane road running the length of the key, lined with beautiful homes and pristine beaches. There are four beaches on Manasota Key: Manasota Beach, Englewood Beach, Stump Pass Beach and Blind Pass Beach. These beaches have everything you could want and more from covered picnic tables to public restrooms, barbecue pits, boardwalks, volleyball courts and water sport rentals. The northern and central part of the island, located in Sarasota County is completely residential, while the southern part of the island is in Charlotte County and is partially residential with a few condos, restaurants and shops. The southern tip of Manasota Key is a wildlife sanctuary and Stump Pass Beach State Park. The key itself is accessible from Englewood by two bridges.
While Manasota Key is a popular tourist destination, especially on Englewood Beach, residents still enjoy a secluded island setting away from the hustle of city life. Less than 1,500 people call Manasota Key home, with the average age of residents being 66 years old. Because of the western shores of the island lie on the blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Manasota Key is a paradise for boaters, sport fishermen, dedicated beachcombers, and those who truly appreciate beautiful sunsets. Snorkeling, diving and canoeing are also very popular on Manasota Key, with the endless blue Gulf to explore. Also, with pleasant weather virtually year round, you can enjoy almost any activity whenever you want.
Manasota Key has a variety of shells for the serious or just fun-loving shell collector to find. Many of these shells not only arrive on the beach intact, surviving the trip to shore, but are still inhabited and very much alive. Many shells found on Englewood beaches are Left Handed Whelks, Auger shells, Coquina shells and, caught at low tide, the Rough Scallop and the Fighting Conch that are great for chowders. Another common find is the Shark Teeth that usually come ashore after a storm. Some of these shark teeth are over a million years old, black and brown colored, ranging from a tiny 1/8th inch to three inches long.
Manasota Key offers a variety of lifestyles. Opulent waterfront estates mingle effortlessly with cozy beach-side cottages and classic winter residences. An eclectic variety of shops populate nearby Historic Dearborn Street and restaurants tempt eager visitors on and off the key. Nearby sandbars offer soothing relaxation or invigorating water sports while big amenities are just minutes away. Homes on the Key range from higher priced single-family homes and condominiums to million dollar luxury homes. There are acres of beachfront properties available, as well as beautifully landscaped homes in gated communities. Many golf courses and tennis courts are sprinkled throughout the key, as well as locally owned restaurants and tourist shops. Manasota Key residents can find all they need and more in nearby Englewood for shopping, fine dining, entertainment, schools, hospitals, houses of worship and more. Manasota Key is also not far from Tampa, Fort Myers, Sarasota, Port Charlotte and Naples for the nearest airports, theme parks, performing art centers, sporting events and more.