South of Sarasota on Florida’s West Coast lies unspoilt Manasota Key - a less well known stretch of glorious coastline, blessed with the beautiful waters of Lemon Bay and the Gulf, with dazzling beaches, turquoise seas and vivid sunsets. With an average year - round temperature of 75ºF and the sea nearly always in the 80’s, it is not surprising that those who have discovered one of Florida’s best kept secrets have not been in a hurry to tell others! This part of the Gulf Coast offers a wide variety of exotic plant and animal life. You will often see dolphins at play just off the beach or in the many waterways and watch out in the sand for the scores of markers which tell you
where logger-head turtles have struggled ashore to lay their eggs. You can stroll along the beach to collect shells, take a relaxed dip in the sea and watch the sun go down ... a lifestyle for which the word idyllic was surely invented. The small charming seaside town of Venice is just minutes away. The Englewood area offers a choice of restaurants and shopping. Fabulous Boca Grande Island with its excellent beaches and quaint village is close by. The area’s smaller keys such as Palm Island and Little Gasparilla have regular ferry services and tempt you to try a real desert island day out.