Englewood is so lovely that two counties – Charlotte and Sarasota along Florida’s Gulf Coast – insist on sharing in its beauty. Englewood’s uncrowded beach is pure and wide and has excellent facilities. Just south, you’ll find Blind Pass Park, a fantastic place for shelling and finding sharks’ teeth. Plenty of golf is available in the area, and the birding is great. You can try parasailing or rent a jet-ski. The area fishing also is outstanding and several companies will take you out on their boats. Absolutely embark on an eco-tour of Lemon Bay. You’ll almost certainly see dolphins, manatees, and all kinds of shorebirds and wildlife.