Learn a little about each beach in Sarasota

Sarasota Area Beaches

Sarasota County's beaches are a diverse mix of sun and fun.

Sun, sand and water are three things Sarasota has an abundance of, but not all Sarasota beaches are the same. Six islands line Sarasota's extensive coastline, each revealing its own personality, recreational options and natural beauty. Don't worry; you don't have to choose just one.  

You can also check out our beach conditions at any time before visiting our gorgeous Gulf Coast beaches.

Siesta Key Lifeguard Stand
The Siesta Key Yellow Lifeguard Stand at sunset

Nokomis Beach
Rake through the shells and find the perfect one at Nokomis Beach
Venice Pier
Catch the big one at the Venice Pier at Brohard Park

Longboat Key Beach
Enjoy the seclusion of Longboat Key
Lido beach
Bike your way to Lido Beach
Manasota beach
Find a spot to relax and unwind at Manasota Beach

Longboat Key

Longboat Key is the northernmost and longest island along Sarasota’s coast, boasting 12 miles of shoreline. During the summer season, Longboat Key is a popular beach for turtles to nest and lay their eggs. Enjoy relaxing views of the Gulf Coast of Mexico, smaller crowds and a laid-back vibe on this relaxing destination.

Lido Key

Lido Key is nestled between Longboat Key to the north and Siesta Key to the south and boasts three beaches: North Lido, Lido Beach, and South Lido. The key received its name when John Ringling, a fan of Italian culture, referred to its beaches by using the Italian word “lido,” which means “beach.”

Siesta Key

The eight-mile island of Siesta Key is accessible by two bridges from the mainland. Comprised Siesta Beach (widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the world), Crescent Beach, and Turtle Beach, the key attracts families and sunbathers by day and party-goers by night.

Casey Key

The south end of Casey Key is designed with visitors in mind.  Picnic areas, concession stands, and on-duty lifeguards attract families to this 18-acre park year-round. Nokomis Beach on Casey Key is Sarasota County’s oldest public beach.

Venice

Caspersen Beach in Venice is one of the longest stretches of beach still in its natural state along Sarasota County’s shoreline. Hiking paths and boardwalks allow for bird watching and views of plant species. Venice Beach, closer to downtown, has colorful lifeguard stands, a pavilion with shaded tables and a café, loads of parking, and bathrooms. Finally, near Caspersen is Sarasota County’s only dog-friendly beach, Brohard Paw Park.

Manasota Key

Manasota Key has four beaches: Manasota, Blind Pass, Englewood, and Stump Pass. Manasota Beach sand dunes and mangroves attract nature lovers; Blind Pass Beach is 60 acres wide between the Gulf and the bay and offers nearly 3,000 feet of sand; Englewood Beach offers grills, picnic tables, pavilions and a range of outdoor sports facilities; and Stump Pass Beach is a state park perfect for hiking and exploring Florida’s natural flora and fauna.

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400 Ben Franklin Drive
Sarasota, FL 34236
Purchased by the City of Sarasota in the 1970's through a referendum. Amenities include: beach, fishing, swimming, nature trail, walking distance from...
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8570 Manasota Key Road
Manasota Key, FL 34223
In 1963, Manasota Beach consisted of a small beach (450 feet of Gulf frontage) with four concrete picnic shelters. Spoil from the...
Venice Beach
Venice Ave and The Esplanade
Venice, FL 34285

Venice Beach is a great place to find seashells, enjoy the warm gulf waters or if you're a diver check out the...

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100 Casey Key Road
Nokomis, FL 34275
Nokomis Beach is Sarasota County's oldest public beach. The Nokomis Beach Plaza was designed and built in the 1950's by Jack West,...
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2201 Ben Franklin Dr
Sarasota, FL 34236

South Lido Park consists of one hundred acres containing a variety of coastal habitats influenced by the Gulf of Mexico, Big Sarasota...

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948 Beach Road
Sarasota, FL 34242

History: The land was purchased in the 1950's through a referendum. The historic pavilion was designed by Edward J. Seibert of the...

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