A hidden gem just south of Sarasota, Manasota Key is a pleasant addition to the coastal radiance of Southwest Florida. An idyllic piece of paradise, the beautiful beaches, each with something unique to offer, present absolute tranquility. Englewood, Blind Pass and Manasota beaches are the ideal place to bring a picnic basket and spend the day exploring for shark teeth, hiking, snorkeling, fishing or boating.
Manasota Key offers a peaceful lifestyle with
no commercial traffic, shopping malls or high-rises.
The captivating clear blue Gulf waters matched with natural Florida foliage create a harmonious and luxurious retreat. A few noted celebrities call the barrier island home with million-dollar estates lining its waterfront. Mid-century modern homes blend well amidst the ancient oak trees and palms while colonial beach houses preserve the tradition of the island.
Don Pedro Island, Grove City and Lemon Bay surround Manasota Key with historic Punta Gorda only a short boat or car ride away. With signature charm and reverence for Old Florida history, Manasota Key boasts distinctions far beyond its environs. Shelling is an attraction with rare Junonia, Lions Paw and Angel Wings adding to the romance of the island. Manatees and several handsome bird species also call this locale home.
Nearby Sarasota has a thriving arts scene and offers a year round calendar of cultural events, dynamic live shows, boutique shopping and waterside dining. Similarly, just south of Manasota Key, Fort Myers has a bevy of fine dining, theatre and events such as the Fort Myers Art Walk and shows at the Fort Myers Florida Repertory Theatre. The Englewood Arts Festival, South Florida Museum, the Lemon Bay Playhouse and many local beach front lounges and restaurants also provide outstanding live entertainment.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat is located on Manasota Key and is central to the thriving arts scene. Hermitage awards internationally acclaimed artists with residency on the island to create masterful works—a testament to its spectacular, naturally preserved brilliance.
With several challenging golf courses such as the Oyster Creek Golf Club, Rotunda Golf Club and Boca Royale Golf and Country Club, Manasota Key contributes to Florida’s reputation as the premier golfing destination.
A graceful island, Manasota Key is not conventional for tourism and its residents will agree, this is its greatest attribute.
The Hermitage Artist Retreat
With some of the country’s most prolific artists in residency at The Hermitage, the retreat hosts seasonal functions such as beach book readings, wine tastings and award galas.
Babcock Wilderness Adventures
Get an up close view of the indigenous wildlife on this exhilarating tour featuring alligators and rare birds.
Muscle Car Museum
For a blast from the past, vintage car enthusiasts can travel to neighboring Punta Gorda for a visit to the Muscle Car Museum, where extensive collections of Corvettes and Trans Ams are on display.