Sarasota, Florida Beaches
Welcome to Sarasota, Florida! We boast roughly 35 miles of the world's pretties beaches. Feel free to enjoy swimming, frolicking, lounging, walking, shelling, picnicking, walking or whatever you like on these powdery white sand beaches.
Anna Maria Bayfront Park
I love this beach. I don't get there often because it is about a 30 minute drive from Sarasota. This is located on the northern end of Anna Maria Island. It is a secluded beach that borderds the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. There are great views of the mouth of Tampa Bay and the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Beach amenities include barbecue grills, picnic areas, childrens playground, restrooms, showers and lifeguards.
Blind Pass Beach
This beach is located on Manasota Key. You get the feel of "old Florida" when you visit this beach. Beach amenities include restrooms, nature trail, picnic areas. No life guards are on duty on Blind Pass Beach.
Casperson Beach is just south of the Venice Airport on Venice Island. If you visit this beach you may notice that a good portion of it has been left in its natural state. It is a very secluded beach and a great place to get away from it all.
Just off the north end of Longboat Key and on the south tip of Anna Maria is a popular public beach lined with gorgeous Australian pines. Bradenton residents enjoy Coquina beach because of the ample parking, concession stand, barbeque grills, picnic facilities, showers, nearby restaurants and life guards.
Otherwise known as Bradenton Beach. Cortez Beach is located just north of Coquina Beach on Gulf Boulevard. The sand is spectacular. It remains cool even on the hottest summer days. Restaurants are close by. What a great spot to enjoy a weekend.
Lido Key Beach
Lido Key beaches are some of the most gorgeous beaches in Florida and the world. The atmosphere is beautiful and peaceful. The best beaches of Lido Key will be described to help people determine what to do and where to go while in Lido Key.
Lido Key Main Beach
Lido Key’s main beach is located centrally on the island. The main beach is approximately a half mile from St. Armands Circle. In this area, visitors will have access to concessions, watercraft, lifeguards, showers and restrooms. Many visitors are often found walking along the white sand beaches at sunset hand-in-hand. The beach is expansive and wide. Visitors of main beach are impressed by its offerings.
North Lido Beach
North Lido Beach is more secluded and private for guests who value the solitude and relaxation. Many people enjoy this beach because it is the least populated and is located in a residential community. North Lido Beach is perfect for couples and easy to find. The currents are swift, and there are no lifeguards on duty. Guests must be cognizant and careful while on this beach to keep from being swept under by the undertow. Australian pines are common on this half-mile stretch of beach.
South Lido Beach
Picnic tables, grills, playgrounds and volleyball courts are accessible to the public in South Lido Park. This beach area is located along the shoreline of Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Visitors enjoy gazing at the osprey and other wildlife as they walk along the wooden walkways. There are nearly 100 acres of Australian pines and beach area encompassed in this park area.
Longboat Key Beaches
Longboat Key offers its visitors access to swimming, fishing, shelling, water skiing, boating, tennis and parasailing. A golf course is also available on Longboat Key. Bikers and rollerbladers are commonly found biking along the ten-mile bike path. This area is quite scenic as bikers travel along the Gulf of Mexico Drive.
Off the coast of Englewood, Florida is Manasota Beach. It is located at the west end of Manasota Beach Road. This beach has a relaxing feel to it and is a fabulous place to spend some leisure time whether you are interested in taking a walk, running on the beach, lounging in the sand or just collecting shells. On the Intracoastal side is a boat ramp and docking facilities for access to the Bays and Gulf.
Many people refer to this beach as Casey Key beach. Go west on Albee Road off U.S. 41, cross over the Nokomis Bridge and you will run right into the beach. There is plenty of parking and amenities include lifeguards, picnic areas and bathrooms.
North Jetty Beach
This is a great place to visit. It is off the beaten path so you have to try to get there. North Jetty Beach is located on the southern tip of Casey Key. It is a great spot to fish, watch boats enter and leave The Gulf of Mexico or picnic with family. Amenities include restrooms, parking, bait shop, picnic areas, volleyball courts, and concession.
Siesta Key Public Beach
This is the most popular beach for Sarasota, Florida locals. It is located off Midnight Pass Road and is where you will find the world's finest and whitest sand. The white sugary sand will stay cool even when it is hout out. It's the widest beach in Sarasota county and certainly the most popular. On its busiest weekends you'll find more than 15,000 people there. Amenities include a concession stand, restrooms, volleyball nets, tennis courts and year-round lifeguards. Pine trees shade an area for picnicking, with grills for cooking out and a playground for the children. This sparkling white beach is also within walking distance to Siesta Village, a shopping and dining mecca with an island flair.
Crescent Beach on Siesta Key
Crescent Beach is located in Siesta Key. This is one of the best beaches in the area. Crescent Beach is characterized by silky white sand. Many artists and writers chose Lido Key because the area is inspirational, relaxing and beautiful. Siesta Village is a beach hangout that many people visit. The area has numerous shops, boutiques, outdoor pubs and cafes.
On the southern most tip of Siesta Key you will find Turtle Beach. It is a peaceful beach that was recently renourished. I like to take my family to the Midnight Pass pub for a meal which is just across the street from Turtle Beach. The beach is less crowded than Siesta Beach and it is a wonderful place to sunbath, walk, swim, lounge, read or picnic.
Turtle Beach is recommended for quiet relaxation. The beach is public but it attracts a more subdued crowd of people who prefer quiet picnics and boating. Picnic shelters are available to shade groups participating in the picnic festivities. Volleyball nets are also available for people who enjoy staying active.
Venice beach is well known as a great place to find sharks' teeth. It also features a fishing pier, nature trail and the restaurant Sharkey's. Venice beach also has a dog beach so you can let your dog take a swim in the ocean. The island of Venice is one of the cutest places that you will see on the west coast of Florida.