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Sarasota Area Beaches

Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice have some of the finest beaches in the world.  The maps and guide below should give you a start as you plan your exploration of our coastline.

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Click below to find information about each of these beach areas:

Siesta Key: Siesta Beach / Turtle Beach / Crescent Beach 

Lido Key: North Lido Beach / Lido Beach / South Lido Park

Longboat Key

Anna Maria Island: Anna Maria Beach / Holmes Beach / Manatee County Beach / Cortez Beach (aka Bradenton Beach) / Coquina Beach

Venice Beaches: Nokomis Beach / North Jetty Park / Venice Beach / Brochard Beach / Casperson Beach

Englewood Beaches: Manasota Beach / Blind Pass Beach / Englewood Beach / Stump Pass Beach

Siesta Key

Siesta Key Beach is one of the premier beaches in the United States - and we recommend you find the time to experience it while you're here.

Since 1987 the sand on Siesta Key's beach has been judged as among the whitest and most powdery in the world in the "Great International White Sand Contest." The sand actually remains cool under your feet even at the hottest time of day.

As the map shows Siesta Key is easy to reach from two main roads in Sarasota.  You can either take Bee Ridge Rd west (Exit 207 from I-75).  Stay on Bee Ridge, cross over US 41 and follow the twists and bends - then over the bridge.  Or take Clark Rd west (Exit 205 from I-75) which becomes Stickney Pt Rd then passes over Stickney Pt Bridge.  Midnight Pass Rd is the long road that runs North & South on Siesta Key.

Siesta Beach, the public beach in the center of the Key has lifeguards on duty all year round, volleyball nets, tennis courts, a playground and shady spots for picnics. 

There are bathrooms and also food and concession available - so it is quite comfortable to stay at this beach for an extended period of time.

There is an 800-car parking lot, but it fills up quickly.  Arrive early or be prepared to follow people that are leaving to get their spot (not much fun - but we've all done it).

The beach's amenities include: 
. food and concession
. rest rooms 
. picnic tables - you can reserve these (941) 316-1172
. public tennis courts 
. volleyball courts (on the beach) 
. soccer field 
. 20 station fitness trail 
. playground equipment 
. lifeguards are on duty year round

Siesta Key / Crescent Beach

A short walk south along the beach from the Siesta Key Public Beach is Crescent Beach - which is a popular starting point for snorkelers.

Siesta Key / Turtle Beach

At the southern end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. The sand here is a bit coarser, but that means the shelling is better. Turtle Beach is also quieter, and although there are no lifeguards or food concessions, the site is perfect for family outings with ample parking, abundant picnic areas, dune walkovers, a playground and restrooms.

Turtle Beach has some of the highest beach dunes in the area.

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Lido Key

One of the most popular tourist destinations in Sarasota is St. Armand's Circle - a series of elegant shops and restaurants arranged around the circle.  You can see the small circle in the map of Lido Key above.  There is usually plenty of parking on the circle, so you park and walk around and admire all the wonderful shops and restaurants - until you break down and spend lots of money.

The Ringling Causeway which connects Lido Key to Downtown Sarasota is easily reached from Route 41.  A scenic ride over the bridge takes you straight to St. Armand's Circle.

If you drive through St. Armand's Circle and continue straight through you will reach Lido Beach.

Lido Beach is a great place to find shells, and fully intact sand dollars are quite common on the beach or in the shallow water at low tide.

At the southern tip of Lido Key is South Lido Beach. This is one of the spots where Sarasota Bay meets the Gulf of Mexico. Big Sarasota Pass (or Big Pass) is a main outlet for boats (fishing boats and sailboats) as they head out to the Gulf.  Between the boats and the fishermen, there's plenty of activity to be seen.

A bit further along the beach is a wonderful place for setting up a picnic or a day camp as large Australian pines shade the entire area. Another quarter mile and the beach is on Sarasota Bay itself, next to a cove sheltered by mangroves. The water is not only clear, but also placid here, making it easy to observe the fish and other animals that make their home here. There are also benches here for a bit of relaxing before heading back.

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Longboat Key

Longboat Key straddles the Sarasota / Manatee County Line.  Here is a brief history of Longboat Key.

From Sarasota go through St. Armand's Circle and make a right onto Gulf of Mexico Drive (Route 789) which connects directly to  Longboat Key.

From the north, Longboat Key can be reached directly from Anna Maria Island.

Public access points to the beach can be found by looking for the blue and white "Beach Access" signs labeled Neptune Avenue Beach or Mayfield Street Beach. Both are right on the Gulf but are less known, and therefore, a bit secluded. The beaches here are also quite wide and the sand is a bit softer than at some other beaches.

There are no facilities on Longboat Key beaches, but they are a great spot to watch the sun set.

Longboat Key / Beer Can Island (aka Greer Island)

This is a secluded peninsula at the northern tip of Longboat Key. Its 2,000 feet of primitive sandy beach are excellent for shelling. It is best to come by boat or walk to the island at low tide. Limited parking, public transporation drop off/pick up.

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Anna Maria Island

Beautiful beaches and facilities all along the island make this island a very popular and well known tourist destination. This map shows the easy access to Anna Maria Island from two main roads in Bradenton.

From I-75 take exit 220 Route 64 west (becomes Manatee Ave.) all the way to beach.  You can also reach Anna Maria Island from Cortez Rd.

The main road on Anna Maria Island connects south directly to Longboat Key.

Anna Maria Beach

Facing the Gulf of Mexico, this quiet, undeveloped sandy beach offers over three acres of beautiful views.

Holmes Beach

Found at the center of Anna Maria Island, Holmes Beach presents a full range of amenities including grills, playground, showers and picnic area, as well as 14,400 feet of sandy Gulf of Mexico beach.

Manatee County Beach

Features 900 feet of sandy beach on the Gulf of Mexico with access at Gulf Drive (S.R. 789) and 40th Street (S.R. 64) in the city of Holmes Beach. 120 parking places as well as public transportation drop off/pick up.

Cortez Beach (aka Bradenton Beach)

Cortez Beach showcases 140 feet of undeveloped beach. Parking and public transportation drop off/pick available.

Coquina Beach

Located on Anna Maria's southern tip, Coquina is a popular public beach lined with towering Australian pines. A full-service concession stand, ample parking, barbecue pits, picnic facilities, boat ramp, playground, restrooms, showers and lifeguards make this beach a popular, bustling beach.

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Venice Beaches

Casey Key / Nokomis Beach

Nokomis Beach is found off Albee Road on Casey Key. Ample parking, lifeguards, picnic tables, grills and bathrooms lead to this wide, steep beach. This family-oriented beach is also popular for fishing and includes a boat launch ramp.

Casey Key / North Jetty Park

Located on the tip of Casey Key, the jetties make this one of the most exciting surfing beaches on the west coast of Florida. It is a very popular picnicking spot for families and large groups and the fishing is said to be spectacular.

The following beaches can be reached from Route 41 or from I-75 exits 193 and 195

Venice Beach

At the west end of Venice Avenue are the smooth, white sand and crystal-blue waters of Venice Beach.  Also known as Shark's Tooth Beach to the locals, bring a strainer and strain the sand - and you are sure to find small black fossilized shark's teeth.

If you enjoy diving in your leisure time, a reef containing fossilized material is located quarter mile offshore.

Brohard Beach and Service Club Park

A city owned park that has a 740-foot fishing pier. Up the road, Service Club Park offers playground equipment and boardwalks with covered picnic areas. You will also find the U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla Training Center, wetlands and several areas that are great for bird watching.

Casperson Beach

Untouched. Secluded. Windswept. These are the words that come to mind when you visit Casperson Beach. This unspoiled beach is one of the best shelling beaches in Sarasota. Also a great location for picking up pre-historic sharks teeth. You will also find a nature trail and see freshwater and saltwater marshes, mangroves and tidal flats.

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Englewood Beaches

At the very southern end of Sarasota County these beaches can be reached from Route 41 or from I-75 exit 191 (River Rd).  This stretch of beaches is well off the beaten path and you can find some relative privacy here.  Stump Pass Beach charges a $2 daily fee.

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