I find it hard to pick, although Siesta will always be the reason I moved to beautiful Sarasota!
Top 10 Sarasota County Beaches
Sarasota County is synonymous with beautiful beaches. These beaches are listed geographically, from north to south. We wouldn’t presume to pick your favorite, try them all and see what you love. Click here for more info on Sarasota County's beaches.
North Lido Beach- within walking distance to the famous St. Armand’s Circle, North Lido Beach is windswept and mostly deserted, with a walking trail that winds through natural dunes and sea-grass. This is more private than many Sarasota Beaches due to limited parking, and makes for great walking.
Lido Beach- a wide swath of white sand greets you on Lido Beach, augmented by walking distance accommodations and gulf front tiki bar. Perhaps the most unique aspect of Lido? The public swimming pool directly on the beach.
South Lido Beach Park – surrounded by stunning water, this park has picnic tables, plenty of shade, and a canoe and kayak launch. A favorite place for boaters, swimmers and nature lovers, you can look across the channel to Siesta Key’s Shell Beach.
Shell Beach – secluded, rugged and largely local, Shell Beach is a tiny strip of paradise on North Siesta that is located on a deep water channel, and affords amazing views of Lido and the Gulf. The beach is primarily locals as there is very limited parking, but it is well worth the walk from anywhere on north Siesta.
Siesta Key Beach – one of the most famous beaches in the world, the powder white sand stretches for miles. Siesta is the most popular, and the most crowded for a reason. Nightly sunsets are truly spectacular, and a great amount of Sarasota’s beach life and activities, including the Drum Circle, take place on Siesta Key. (check out the Siesta Key Beach Cam!)
Turtle Beach- Located on the south end of Siesta Key, Turtle Beach is much more narrow and fine white sand has given way to shellier terrain. But Turtle is a favorite for its wandering water birds, fishing, boat launches and park and picnic table within steps to the crystal water.
Palmer Point – Paradise found, Palmer Point exists where Siesta and Casey Key, two of Sarasota’s jewels, meet. Natural and secluded, this is home to Sarasota’s most private homes, and some of our most beautiful vistas. Please note, unlike other Siesta Beaches, there is no lifeguard on duty.
Nokomis Beach- Located at the south end of prestigious and stunning Casey Key, Nokomis Beach is home to the famous North Jetty Park, and looks across the channel to Humphis Park (South Jetty Park) in North Venice. The jetties flank a deep water channel frequented by boaters and jet skiers. This spot is one of the best places to spot dolphins and manatees, which appear daily playing in the wakes and surf.
Venice Beach- Located mid Venice Island, Venice Beach is wide and long like Siesta to the north, but with one obvious difference…shells. The fine sand to the north is largely free of any shells, while Venice Beach can be a treasure trove for shellers.
Caspersen Beach- Keep driving until you can’t drive anymore! Caspersen Beach is at the south tip of Venice Island and is more reminiscent of desolate Caribbean beaches than those in the US. Caspersen Beach is also known as shark beach, not because of the marine life but because of the thousands of shark teeth that wash up onto its shores. This is a fantastic place to bring the kids for exploration.
The beaches each have their own personality, and their own opportunity to own your piece of Sarasota real estate.
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