Welcome to your Vacation Rental Experience!

Here at Beachcomber of Manasota Key, we offer kayaks,
paddle boards and bikes so that you can experience all the fun of the Key!
When you are ready to venture further, there are many choices of other activities to do on Manasota Key and in the surrounding cities!
The beaches... of course, (including our very own Stump Pass State Park ), fishing, local farmer’s markets, daily yoga on the beach, parasailing, jet ski rentals, boat tours, golfing, pickleball, visiting the local parks, and viewing classic cars.
Within a short radius, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy some fascinating day trips and experience some of our fantastic State Parks!

Our Beaches
As we all know, the beaches are one of our most popular destinations!

An unusual feature of our area beaches is the high number of sharks teeth that wash up on the shores. Fun for both kids and adults, hunting for sharks teeth is sure to create lasting memories and distinctive souvenirs. Each beach is unique in our area! Be sure to check out each one for fishing, shelling and shark tooth hunting - you will be amazed at the vacation keepsakes that you will discover! The local beaches located on the Key are: Stump Pass Beach State Park , Englewood Beach , Blind Pass Beach , and Manasota Beach .
Just a short drive away in Venice, you will find these other beaches that you might enjoy: Casperson Beach , Venice Beach , and Casey Key .

Pet Friendly Beaches and Trails
Would you like to take your dog for a walk on the beach or through one of our tropical parks?

Ready for your beach outing?
Most dogs love going to the beach (just like most people!)
Below are some tips to ensure that your dog’s “beach day” is a successful one and fun for both you and your pet..

Tips For Bringing Dogs To The Beach
Check For Pet Friendly Beaches: Local regulations apply and some beaches do not allow pets on their premises
Safety First: Bring a shady umbrella to help your dog stay cooler. Also bring plenty of cold water and frequently check for any signs of heat fatigue.
Clean Up: Be sure to pick up any droppings so that the beach is nice to use for everyone else too!
Rinse Off: Carefully rinse and wash your pet to make sure no sand and salt water sticks to them, which can be highly irritating.

Or if a hike is more to your liking,
these parks allow leashed dogs on their trails:
The Ann & Chuck Dever Park also has an off leash dog park.
You and your pet will have a fantastic time discovering Florida nature up close and personal!

Florida Fishing
Fishing is one of those fundamentals in life tying everything together...nature, water, fresh air, and recreation.
We have all types of fishing; salt and freshwater, beach, bay, close to shore, and miles away from shore.
This could be the day you catch the big one!

Fishing License Information
Do you need a license to fish in Florida?
Here is the link that will answer that all important question - Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission Visitors Licenses

Getting Started
The simplest and easiest way to begin is to head for one of the public fishing bridges or piers.
Be sure to visit the Tom Adams Bridge fishing pier. A bait and tackle shop is located at the base of the bridge.
A second option is the beach where a light rod can be fun.
Once you get on the beaches of the Key you will have thirty miles to call your own. Fish wherever you want.

Another way to get out on the water is to rent a boat. A few nearby boat rental locations are:
1937 Beach Rd #5709, Englewood - 941-475-2628
1350 Beach Rd, Englewood - 941-475-9099

One more really good way to get started is to book a trip on a charter boat.
A day on the water with a charter boat captain will help you learn about finding the fish,
fishing techniques, and all the necessary gear.
Captain Jon Bauer
1936 Georgia Ave, Englewood - 941-979-2651
1450 Beach Rd, Englewood - 941-475-4511
Captain Mike Wise
6301 Boca Grande Causeway, Placida - 941-468-5195 (Inshore & Custom), 941-830-0096 (Offshore)

One last item, you might want to consider attending an Englewood Fishing Club meeting at Lemon Bay Park
held on the second Thursday of every month at 6:30 p.m.
There is a speaker at every meeting - often charter captains who will generously share their expertise.

Farmer’s Markets
There are several farmer’s markets in the area - a great destination to sample the local produce and enjoy our fantastic Florida weather!

Check out our very own Englewood Farmers Market located on Dearborn Street in downtown Englewood.
It is open every Thursday from October thru May from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.
If you want to venture a little further away, you will find comparable farmers markets
Also, consider a visit to Detwilers Farm Market in Venice - a family owned Florida farmer's market featuring produce, meats, cheeses, seafood, deli, bakery, and ice cream. Open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Yoga on the Beach
"Good Morning Yoga" on Englewood Beach Every Day!

Class is held every day by Loving Light Yoga (holidays included) from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at Englewood Beach Park.
Join us at the north end of the beach, just to the right of the pavilion.
Donations graciously accepted. Fee for parking.
Bring a blanket or sheet and plan to smile and have fun!

Parasailing, Jet Ski Rentals and Boat Tours
If an adventure on or above the water is what you are looking for, then look for one of the several companies
in the area that rent jet skis or will take you parasailing (for a bird’s eye view of the key!)
Want something a little tamer? Then enjoy a daytime dolphin tour or a beautiful sunset cruise!

1450 Beach Rd, Englewood - 833-359-1200
1350 Beach Rd, Englewood - 941-475-9099
1450 Beach Rd, Englewood - 941-475-3168
Florida is the golf capital of the world, with 1,100 courses in every corner of the state, waiting to challenge everyone under the sun. One of the many benefits of our year round beautiful weather is the ability to golf whenever you want.
There are several public golf courses nearby so head out and enjoy yourself on the links!
1601 Englewood Rd, Englewood - 941-475-6464
Elegant membership club offering a landscaped golf course available to the public
2550 S River Rd, Englewood - 941-474-1753
Visit Myakka Pines and enjoy a fun round of golf on our unique 27 hole course
8342-8348 Parkside Dr, Englewood - 941-475-0334
Well-kept and challenging executive course with the occasional alligator
107 Venice E Blvd, Venice - 941-493-0005
Beautiful and fun par 3 and par 4 golf course
266 Rotonda Cir, Rotonda West - 941-697-8118
Come on out and choose from five emerald courses in a spectacular setting
25510 National Blvd., Venice - 941-496-8676
This 18-hole championship course provides an exhilarating test for all golfers
Are you an experienced Pickleball player looking for a game? Or would you like to give this fast growing sport a try?
Pickleball is suitable for all ages and skill levels. There are several pickleball courts located in this area.

1300 S River Rd, Englewood - 941-861-1980
3951 Woodmere Park Blvd, Venice - 941-486-2780
326 S. Nokomis Ave, Venice - 941-861-1380

Local Parks
Time for a picnic in the park? Lucky for you, we have several great parks for that activity. A few to consider are:

210 Winston Ave, Englewood - 941-861-5000
570 Bay Park Blvd, Englewood - 941-861-5000
6961 San Casa Dr, Englewood - Park: 941-681-3760 / Pool: 941-681-3743

Or strike out on your own and discover a hidden gem!

Classic Cars
Are you interested in seeing some classic cars?

Then check out Cruisin on Dearborn Street in Englewood. This free event takes place on the first Saturday of every month from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.
If seeing the cars indoors is your preference, then head to the Ideal Classic Cars showroom in Venice to see their many incredible cars .

Day Trips
Looking for an exciting day trip that will create some unique vacation memories?
You picked the right area of Florida to find those - we have some interesting and varied Day Trips for you to consider!

Located on the Grand Barrier Island of Gasparilla, this community is a step back into “Old World” Florida.
Here you will find a seven mile long island that boasts no high rises and no traffic lights,
a 125+ year old lighthouse, and a street with 100+ year old Banyan trees.
Seven miles of wide, pristine, sugar white sand beaches offer shelling, swimming, and just plain relaxing.
Galleries present the works of local artists and many shops offer unique treasures from around the world.
Boca Grande restaurants each have their own style, featuring dishes made from the freshest local seafood as well as international specialties.
Try an escape to Boca Grande - relax, shop, dine, fish, and unwind…

Come join a professional guide, Fred Mazza, in exploring Florida’s ancient past hidden in the beds of our rivers.
Appropriate for all levels of experience. Anyone with enthusiasm to explore the really old Florida is cordially invited!
Fossil-hunting is done by digging and sifting gravel from shallow river bottoms - even kids can do it.
Our walk-in trips allow you to park and fossil-hunt within walking distance of your vehicle all day. Or take advantage of our popular canoe or kayak trips.
All tours are set up by reservation. Weekends and weekdays are available all year - just email us through our contact form on the website or give us a call.

1600 Ken Thompson Parkway, Sarasota - 941-388-4441
Explore the secrets of the sea through touch pools, viewable working labs, and high-tech interactive exhibits
that showcase the world-renowned research of Mote Marine Laboratory.
See sharks, manatees, and sea turtles, along with more than 100 other species of marine life.
Open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week, 365 days a year, including all holidays.

PRWC is a non profit rehabilitation and education center with a gift shop located in Punta Gorda overlooking Charlotte Harbor. This facility is open daily to the public from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. All donations and gift shop purchases go directly to the care of the wildlife patients and residents. If you have a large group that would like a guided tour, please call the office for a reservation.
On your tour, you might see bald eagles, hawks, ospreys, sandhill cranes, herons, comorants, tortoises and turtles.
Located just west of Ft. Myers, these islands are a wonderful escape over the three mile causeway to a refreshing pace of life.
Here you will find white sand beaches brimming with shells, unmatched wildlife viewing, and a family focused village atmosphere.
On Sanibel, 25 miles of multi-use paths function as sidewalks, bike paths, and recreational trails beside buildings no taller than the tallest palm tree.
Education centers such as the J.N. “Ding” Darling 6,400 acre National Wildlife Refuge will introduce visitors to the island’s marine and wildlife habitats.
Visitors to both islands enjoy the languid pace of island life, great restaurants, shops, and museums.

1200 W Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda - 941-639-8721
The Village is Florida’s unique hometown hang out and offers activities for everyone.
Shopping, dining, live entertainment, and water adventures await both locals and visitors.
With over 30 boutique shops and 5 different restaurants, you are sure to find something that pleases you and your family.

7101 Palmer Blvd, Sarasota - 941-371-6377
Come and explore this haven for over 150 exotic and domestic animals in need of a safe, permanent home.
See tigers playing in their habitats and pools, hang out in the charming petting zoo, and enjoy educational demonstrations.
This is a place that promotes animal welfare and the human-animal bond in our world.

State Parks
Would you like to create some priceless vacation memories by exploring a few of our nearby State Parks?
Each one is unique and definitely worth exploring!

900 Gulf Blvd, Englewood - 941-964-0375
Tucked away on the south end of Manasota Key, there is a mile of beach where seashells and sharks teeth wash up and anglers fish the surf for prize catches.
Visitors and locals come to this secluded beach to enjoy the year-round swimming and sunbathing.
A hiking trail passes through five distinct natural communities that provide homes for many species of wildlife.
Relax with a picnic lunch at the covered tables located along the trail.
For a water adventure, you will be able to launch a kayak and paddle around the two islands just east of the park's land base.
Keep your eyes open when visiting this park and you might see manatees, dolphins, gopher tortoises, snowy egrets, least terns, ospreys,
and magnificent frigate birds.

1843 S Tamiami Trail, Osprey - 941-483-5956
Surrounded by urban sprawl, this State Park is an unexpected oasis providing visitors with a refreshing escape into natural Florida.
In the winter bald eagles nest here and in the summer Lake Osprey attracts anglers, swimmers, and kayakers.
Fifteen miles of trails provide solitude, beauty, challenge, and a healthy adventure for everyone.
The park is a popular stopover for bicyclists and walkers on the Legacy Trail. Come experience this hidden gem!

13208 State Rd 72, Sarasota - 941-361-6511
In a scene reminiscent of what early Native Americans and Spanish explorers witnessed,
arching palm trees and live oaks reflect on a winding tea-colored stream.
The cries of limpkins and osprey pierce the air while alligators and turtles sun lazily on logs and riverbanks.
This is the Myakka River, Florida’s first state-designated wild and scenic river, and it flows through a vast expanse of
unspoiled wetlands, prairies, hammocks, and pinelands that make up Myakka River State Park.
Boating, fishing, canoeing, and kayaking are popular activities on the water while hikers and bicyclists explore miles of trails and backroads.
A unique feature of this park is The Myakka Safari Tram Tour which is a three-mile loop into the center of Myakka River State Park
where public vehicle access is prohibited.
The knowledgeable tour guide will share information about the parks history, the culture and lifestyle of Myakka’s pioneers and wildlife points of interest.
This one-hour narrated tour offers an opportunity to see wild turkey, deer, alligators, and a variety of birds.

8450 Placida Rd, Placida - 941-964-0375
Located between Knight Island and Little Gasparilla Island, beautiful Don Pedro Island State Park
is part of an extensive chain of barrier islands extending along Florida's Gulf Coast.
Don Pedro Island is accessible only by private boat or ferry. Boaters can tie up at the dock on the mangrove-lined bay side of the island.
Boat to Beach offers an “on-the-water taxi service” from the park’s land base to the island. Call 941-375-9299 to reserve your trip.
The island’s 1-mile white sandy beach is a paradise for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and shelling.
Visitors can also enjoy a picnic under the large pavilion or explore the hiking trails.
The land base side of the park on the Cape Haze Peninsula is popular among hikers and nature lovers.
The 100-acre land base offers a kayak launch, fishing dock, nature trails, and a picnic shelter.