Best Beaches in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota, Florida, is known for its beautiful beaches with powdery white sand and clear blue waters. Here are some of the best beaches in Sarasota:

Siesta Key Beach: Siesta Key Beach consistently ranks among the top beaches in the United States by many separate and individual beach reviewers, including Dr. Beach. Siesta Key Beach’s soft, white quartz sand feels cool underfoot even on those hot Florida days. The beach offers excellent amenities, including picnic areas, volleyball courts, and a newly built playground for the little ones. It also has a huge covered area near the parking lot, towards the main entrance to the beach where patrons can purchase everything from food and beverages to souvenirs and flotation items for the water. Bathrooms are also located within this area.

Lido Key Beach: Located on Lido Key, this beach offers a serene and relaxing atmosphere. Visitors can enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and walking along the shore. The beach is also adjacent to St. Armands Circle, a charming shopping and dining area and a great place for “bar hopping”.  If you venture a little more South, down to the most Southern point of the island, you will run into South Lido, which is also a public beach with a playground area as well as plenty of coal grilling and picnic areas.

Longboat Key: Longboat Key is a more secluded and upscale beach destination. The beach stretches for miles, providing a tranquil setting for beachgoers. It’s an ideal spot for those seeking a quieter beach experience, but a lot of these beaches can be private and not open to the general public.

Crescent Beach: Crescent Beach is another beautiful beach on Siesta Key. It’s known for its scenic views, calm waters, and abundant marine life. Visitors can engage in activities such as snorkeling, fishing, and kayaking. This beach has a gradual slope off into the deeper water, which is why many visitors prefer to snorkel at this beach.

Turtle Beach: Located on the southern end of Siesta Key, Turtle Beach offers a more natural and untouched environment. It’s a great spot for shell collecting and birdwatching. The beach also has picnic areas and a boat launch area, as well as a place to park the truck after putting the boat in the water.

Venice Beach: Although not technically in Sarasota, Venice Beach is worth mentioning for its stunning beauty. Known as the “Shark Tooth Capital of the World,” this beach attracts visitors searching for prehistoric shark teeth along the shoreline. This shark tooth search is a fantastic way to spend the day with the family. But remember, this is in Venice, not on Siesta Key and is about a 20-30 minute drive from Siesta.

These are just a few of the best beaches in the Sarasota area. Each offers its own unique features and attractions, ensuring a delightful beach experience for visitors.

We hope you enjoyed this article brought to you from Siesta Key Beach Resort and Suites, and remember, we’ll cya on the beach!


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