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Sarasota itself has more than 40 miles of coastline, but the real beach stars are on the six barrier islands, just off the coast in the Gulf of Mexico. The powdery, white sand and crystal clear warm waters there simply can't be beat on a sunny day.

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  • Nature Lover
  • Beach Goer

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10 Places

South Lido Park

Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks

Lido Beach

Equipment Hire

Turtle Beach

Beaches

Crescent Beach

Beaches

Nokomis Beach

Beaches

Coquina Beach

Beaches

Siesta Beach

Beaches, Parks

Caspersen Beach

Beaches

Brohard Paw Park

Parks

Bradenton Beach

Beaches

parttimetravel's City Tips

  • Bring your own food and water!
  • The sun is often quite strong in Sarasota. Be sure to bring protective gear and wear sun cream!
  • Parking can be a challenge when the beaches get busy, but most have public lots that are free to use.
  • Many of the public beaches have shower and toilet facilities, and some have beach chair and umbrella rentals available. Otherwise, be sure to bring everything you need for the day.
  • South Lido Park
    Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
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    parttimetravel Says:

    South Lido is unique in that it combines four bodies of water: the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass, and Brushy Bayou. It's a great place to get in some outdoor activities.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • There are two walking trails and a canoe trail, if that tickles your fancy!
    • You can catch views of downtown Sarasota from here as well.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #19 of 95 things to do in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful setting for the setting sun. 13/11/2018
    • Beautiful Sunsets 12/11/2018
    • South Lido Park
    Address:
    2201 Ben Franklin Dr
    Lido Key
    Sarasota, FL 34236
  • Lido Beach
    Equipment Hire
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Lido Beach is the larger of the three on Lido Key, but it's still laid back and low key for the most part. There are concessions and a swimming pool as well.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    Tips
    • Sunsets here often can't be beat.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 127 Outdoor Activities in Sarasota
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a great Beach!!! 14/11/2018
    • Lots of Fun 10/11/2018
    • Lido Beach
    Address:
    Ben Franklin Drive
    Lido Key
    Sarasota, FL
    Phone:
    +1 941-306-6653
    Other:
  • Turtle Beach
    Beaches
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Turtle Beach in on the southern end of Siesta Key. The sand is a bit courser than Siesta Beach's, but it's less crowded. A great place to launch kayaks.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Nearby picnic and playground facilities make this an extra family-friendly spot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 6 things to do in Siesta Key
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Just OK 09/11/2018
    • Dark sand and dead fish 31/10/2018
    • Turtle Beach
    Phone:
    +1 941-349-3839
    Other:
  • Crescent Beach
    Beaches
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Just south of the famous Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach has a slightly quieter feel but the same divine white sand.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • At the end of the beach you'll find Point of Rocks, a local secret and favorite fishing spot.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Siesta Key
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • LOVELY SAND 13/11/2018
    • Siesta beaches any day 12/11/2018
    • Crescent Beach
    Phone:
    +1 941-349-3800
    Other:
  • Nokomis Beach
    Beaches
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Nokomis is the oldest beach park in Sarasota County, with great facilities including a covered pavilion that can be rented out. There is also a boat launch and lifeguards on duty.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This is a great beach to collect seashells at.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 8 things to do in Nokomis
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dead fish and red tide 13/11/2018
    • Shells and clear water 12/11/2018
    • Nokomis Beach
    Address:
    201 S Casey Key Rd
    Nokomis, FL 34275-3334
    Phone:
    +1 941-861-5000
    Other:
  • Coquina Beach
    Beaches
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    parttimetravel Says:

    This long stretch of sand is located on Anna Maria Island, just north of Sarasota in the Bradenton area.

    Good for
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Beach Goer
    • Family
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Parking is more readily available here than at the other beaches.
    • On Sundays there is a small farmers market, also selling local arts and crafts.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 14 things to do in Longboat Key
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sharks teeth galore! 06/11/2018
    • A stunning beach 16/10/2018
    • Coquina Beach
    Address:
    1800 Gulf Dr
    Longboat Key, FL 34217
  • Siesta Beach
    Beaches, Parks
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    parttimetravel Says:

    The most celebrated beach in Sarasota, and perhaps the country, Siesta Beach is the crown glory of the area with its powdery fine sands and warm turquoise waters. Be aware that the secret is out and you'll likely be around others who come here for the 'best' beach.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Beach Goer
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Early in the morning is the best time to escape the crowds.
    • You'll want some sort of umbrella or hat to protect from the sun if you're staying here for more than 30 minutes.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 6 things to do in Siesta Key
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Spectacular Beach 19/11/2018
    • Red Tide and all, still gorgeous 15/11/2018
    • Siesta Beach
    Address:
    948 Beach Road
    Siesta Key, FL 34242-2174
    Phone:
    941-861-5000
    Other:
  • Caspersen Beach
    Beaches
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Located just south in Venice, Caspersen has a natural feel to it. It's a great place to do some hiking and bird watching along its paths.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can walk here from downtown, along the Venetian Waterway Trail.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 29 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Swim, Sun Bathe, Find Shells and Shark Teeth 06/11/2018
    • Sharks teeth 06/11/2018
    • Caspersen Beach
    Address:
    4100 Harbor Dr
    Venice, FL 34285
    Other:
  • Brohard Paw Park
    Parks
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    parttimetravel Says:

    Brohard is unique in the fact that it's the only dog-friendly beach in the area. If you're in need of a place to play with your pup, look no further.

    Good for
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Pet-friendly facilities include a dog shower station.
    • There are also bags provided for cleaning up after your dog.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 29 things to do in Venice
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dog day afternoon 07/11/2018
    • A wonderful dog park/beach 12/10/2018
    • Brohard Paw Park
    Address:
    1999 Harbor Dr S Venice
    Venice, FL 34285
    Other:
  • Bradenton Beach
    Beaches
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    parttimetravel Says:

    North of Sarasota you'll find Bradenton Beach which maintains a small island community feel. It is known for its many fine fishing piers as well!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Beach Goer
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Check out the quaint little shops and cafes nearby.
    • Park in the shade to keep your car from getting too hot!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Bradenton Beach
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic stretch of perfect beach! 17/11/2018
    • Great 16/11/2018
    • Bradenton Beach
    Address:
    South Gulf Drive
    Bradenton Beach, Anna Maria Island, FL
    Phone:
    +1 941-792-5300
    Other:
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