The Sarasota area is home to beautiful beaches. Homes and condos on the beach command premium prices and the closer to the beach and water, the more expensive the property. Read about the area's wonderful beaches below.
Siesta Key Beach
2011 Top Beach on Dr. Beach's list. Siesta Key Beach is touted every year as one of the world's top beaches.
Siesta Key's sand is made up of 99% quartz. The sand is cool to the touch even on some of Sarasota's hottest days.
The pavilions and facilities at Siesta Key Beach include concessions, rest rooms, picnic tables and tennis courts. You'll find volleyball courts on the beach as well as chair and umbrella rentals. There are also free wheelchairs available to help disabled people access the beach area near the main pavilion.
Most of this beach is privately accessed by the stretch of Gulf front highrise condominiums along this 11 mile island. Look for public beach access signs. Less known are the Neptune Avenue Beach or Mayfield Street Beach which are designed by signs. Also, on the northern end of the Longboat Key, you'll find Beer Can Island. Try accessing by boat or walk to the island known as Greer Island at low tide.
Called a European style beach community, by many travel magazines, Lido Key Beach is a great place to place your umbrella in the sand after a long day of shopping at St Armands Circle. The Circle is within walking distance to the beach and a real plus for those needed to grab some sun gear, grab a sandwich or forego the beach for some major shopping excursion.
The public facilities on Lido Key are excellent. There a pavilion offering concessions, rest room facilities, umbrella and chair rentals and gift shop as well as a heated swimming pool.
Other Sarasota County Beaches
- North Jetty Park
- Venice Beach
- Brohard Park
- Caspersen Beach
- Manasota Beach
- Blind Pass Beach
Prohibited on Sarasota County Beaches
- Glass containers
- Boating (sailboats, windsurfers and personal watercraft) in designated swimming areas
- Crossing the vegetation - except on walkovers
- Vehicles outside of parking lots
- Fires - except in park grills
- Games and sports - outside of designated areas
- Skim boarding in guarded areas
- Check signage at all local beaches for updated rules
Prohibited by Florida Statues
- Destruction or removal of dune vegetation
- Disturbing sea turtles or their nests
- Spear fishing within 200 feet of swimming areas
- Operation of boats in swimming areas
- Scuba or skin diving without flags
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