Lemon Bay is a protected waterway separated from the Gulf of Mexico by a narrow strip of land, Manasota Key. It's been called the "heart of Englewood" and a number of small communities share its shores from the Gasparilla Island Causeway to Venice. The Gulf is accessible from Lemon Bay through a pass between Stump Pass Beach State Park and Knight Island, and also through the Gasparilla Island pass. Lemon Bay is 7 miles long, varies from ½ mile to 1 mile wide, and averages 6 feet in depth. Seven creeks and three major rivers flow into the Bay, making it an estuary where salt water and fresh water mix to nurture many important species of fish, crustaceans and shellfish. Lemon Bay has become known for its prime fishing, as well as for boating, swimming and shelling from its beautiful beaches.
Along the Bay's 7 miles of shoreline are a number of waterfront communities, with a number of waterfront properties ranging from condominiums to villas to luxurious mansions. From communities like Rotonda to small towns like Grove City to larger towns like Englewood and Venice, there are real estate options to suit anyone looking to enjoy all that southwest Florida has to offer.
Lemon Bay earned its name from being the home of a large citrus grove in the early 1900's. One winter, the bitter frost destroyed the groves, but the name has stuck since. Downtown Englewood also provides more local history for you to discover in this quiet but ever growing community. Great schools, hospitals and more are conveniently located throughout Lemon Bay and Englewood. However, a quick trip up or down I-75 will take you to neighboring Port Charlotte or Fort Myers where you can enjoy fine dining, a variety of shopping centers, entertainment, sports games, the arts, amusement parks, attractions and more. To the south in Fort Myers and to the north in Sarasota and Tampa are major airports, theme parks and more.