By Lauren Tjaden

The average high for Englewood Beach, Florida, is 71 degrees. In January.

Don’t throw your flip-flops at me. I’m just saying.

Besides boasting balmy temperatures, the little gem of a destination known as Englewood Beach, FL is a perfect place to unwind; it’s a perfect place to dive into a paperback or stroll along the shore in search of sharks’ teeth. Snuggled against the Gulf of Mexico on Manasota Key - a 15-mile tropical barrier island that stretches along the coastline - this Florida beach offers restrooms, showers and picnic tables for public use.