Englewood is a city in Southwest Florida.
Folklore has it that in the 1920s, a candidate for mayor promised that if elected, he would guarantee to have the US 41 run through town. Instead, Venice and Port Charlotte took off instead.
Englewood is a 30 minute drive south from Sarasota/Bradenton Regional Airport (SRQ IATA), a 60 minute drive north from Fort Myers Regional Airport (RSW IATA), and a 75 minute drive south of Tampa Int'l Airport (TPA IATA).
Englewood is accessible from I-75 from exit 191 River Rd and to a lesser extent 193 Jacaranda Blvd.
You'll need to get a rental car from the airport as public transportation is nearly non-existent, and is impossible to use from town-to-town.
Englewood Beach on the Gulf of Mexico:
- 1 Stump Pass Beach State Park, 900 Gulf Blvd (South end of Manasota Key), ☏ . 8AM to sunset.
- Indian Mounds Park.
- Blind Pass Beach.
- Take in a play or concert at Lemon Bay Playhouse on Historic Dearborn St.
Englewood is enclosed on three sides by the Gulf of Mexico and the larger cities of Venice and Port Charlotte, which both have more shopping and action, but the beaches aren't as nice. Englewood has the necessities (Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Publix, Bealls.
Lots of Florida trinket stores on Beach Road. Also, historic Dearborn street has galleries, shops and restaurants.
- Cafe 776, 138 N Indiana Ave, ☏ . Tu-Sa 11:30AM-8:30PM. Absolutely the best fish and chips ever. Huge servings making the "plate charge" for an extra plate worth every penny. You'll still take home leftovers.
- Englewood Billiards and Brew, 622 N Indiana Ave, ☏ .
Englewood isn't big on hotel chains, but it offers a variety of beach resorts.