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Enjoy the warm sun that shines down on the white-sand beaches of Manasota Key. Book your luxurious ocean-view villa or apartment vacation rental with FlipKey. 

About Manasota Key, Florida

Manasota Key is a beautiful peninsula that stretches 11 miles across the coast. To the west lies the Gulf of Mexico, and to the east sits Lemon Bay—providing everything a beach vacationer needs for the trip of a lifetime.

Situated in the northwest corner of Charlotte County, this small town is a popular attraction for visitors to the region. Englewood Beach is particularly popular with students on Spring Break (or, those looking to relive their glory years).

Embrace the laid-back, simple lifestyle of Manasota Key and never fret about what you're going to do next. You can relax all day or go out on an adventure, it's up to you!

There's much more to this area than meets the eye—it's not just a beachfront town. Head to Main Street and visit the famous antique stores, independent boutiques and cozy little restaurants that serve delicious local food.

What to do

First things first, you should try just relaxing and unwinding on the beach. 

Lay down your towel, put your sunglasses on and just enjoy the rays. Take a dip in the blue waters if you start getting a little hot under the collar.

If you're looking for an adventure, go and explore the nature parks. There are plenty of hiking trails and cycling routes, so it's a great way to spend a day.

Take to the water and try fishing, boating or some other water sports—stand-up paddle boarding is great fun!

Do you like wildlife? Spot manatees in Lemon Bay, and maybe even a dolphin if you're lucky. If you don't see one there, you'll be able to watch manatees, gopher tortoises, snowy egrets and more at Stump Pass Beach.

In the summer months, you can take ranger-led turtle walks see where the main nests are. 

Top travel tips

Manasota Key is an idyllic destination, but that doesn't stop the beach from having sharp shells. Bring water shoes along with you and you won't even notice!

However, it's not just shells that line these beaches—sharks teeth also end up scattered along the shoreline. See if you can spot one and bring it home as a souvenir.

For a laid-back beach getaway, you can’t go far wrong with Manasota Key. In a couple of clicks, you could make it your next vacation destination. Just book your vacation rental with FlipKey and get things moving.