Englewood ’s four area beaches – Manasota Beach , Blind Pass Beach , Englewood Beach and Stump Pass Beach – are set on the barrier island of Manasota Key , fronting the Gulf of Mexico . They range from isolated and pristine to popular but uncrowded. The Charlotte Harbor Estuary and Lemon Bay are first-class fishing grounds. Olde Englewood Village and Historic Dearborn Street host block parties and art walks, welcoming art lovers to the many small shops, art galleries and cafes. Sports abound, with tennis, golf and water sports all found in the area. Cedar Point Environmental Park , on the Florida Birding Trail, is a great place to spot bald eagles and Florida scrub jays. The 115-acre park has numerous trails that wander through pine flatwoods down to Lemon Bay . Bring binoculars or a camera for spotting the wildlife that roams the park, including bobcats, gray fox and gopher tortoises.