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Autumn at the Beach: Why Sarasota Shores Shine in the Fall

When most people think of beach destinations, summer often comes to mind. However, if you haven't experienced Sarasota's shores in the fall, you're missing out on a hidden gem of the Gulf Coast.

From comfortable weather to fewer crowds and fantastic fishing opportunities, Sarasota County offers an autumn beach experience that's hard to beat. Here's why you should consider a fall getaway to our sunny shores this autumn.

Perfect Temperatures

As summer transitions to fall, Sarasota weather experiences a delightful drop in temperatures. The heat and humidity of the summer months mellows into comfortable warmth, making it ideal for sunbathing and beach activities. In the fall, you can enjoy the sandy shores without the worry of overheating or sunburning in high UV indexes – making long walks, beach picnics and swimming even more enjoyable. Water temps also dip from the usual high 80s to a more refreshing 70 degrees.

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Fewer Thunderstorms

Summer in Florida often brings afternoon thunderstorms. While these can be part of the tropical charm and exciting entertainment watching the lightning light up the sky (from the safety of indoors), they can also disrupt beach plans. In the fall, these thunderstorms become less frequent, ensuring you can soak up the sun and sea with fewer weather-related interruptions.

Fantastic Fishing

For anglers, fall is one of the best times to cast a line in Sarasota. As the weather cools, fish become more active. Whether you're into inshore or offshore fishing, you'll find a variety of species in abundance. Consider booking a fishing charter to experience the Gulf's world-class fishing opportunities.

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Breathtaking Sunsets

The fall season in Sarasota brings some of the most spectacular sunsets. With the sun setting a bit earlier compared to the long and late summer months, you can easily catch the free show in the sky over the Gulf of Mexico as you wind down a full day at the beach. The combination of cooler temperatures and vibrant colors creates a memorable evening experience.

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Beat the Crowds

Autumn is considered a shoulder season in Sarasota before the busier winter peak season. This means fewer tourists, shorter lines and more prime beach parking spots. It's the perfect time to explore Sarasota's beautiful beaches without the hustle and bustle of the crowds that commonly come during spring and winter breaks.

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Festivals and Events

Sarasota really starts to ramp up from the slower summer season as we enter autumn’s milder weather. Because of this, the city hosts numerous fall festivals and events that provide a unique cultural experience that is sure to elevate your beach vacation. From food and wine festivals to art and music events, there's always something happening here in the fall.

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Lower Accommodation Costs

With the decrease in tourist traffic during the fall, you'll often find more affordable rates for accommodations. This means you can enjoy the same luxurious beach hotels and resorts at a fraction of the cost you'd pay during the peak winter and spring seasons.

Beachfront Places to Stay on Each Key:

The Resort at Longboat Key Club: For a touch of luxury, this Longboat resort provides elegant accommodations, elevated dining, a gorgeous golf course and private beach access. 

Lido Beach Resort: Located right on the white-soft sands of Lido Key, this resort offers stunning views, comfortable rooms, an onsite tiki bar and a pool/jacuzzi overlooking the beach. 

Hyatt Siesta Key: If you're looking for a tranquil escape, this Hyatt property takes you to Siesta Key's quieter Crescent Beach. It offers a laid-back, sophisticated atmosphere and walking access to the Gulf of Mexico.

A Beach Retreat on Casey Key: Making your way down Sarasota's coastline, find quaint and quiet accommodations on prime beachfront in Casey Key, including boat docks, a heated pool and a tropical courtyard.

Palm Island Resort: Furthest south of the county, on Manasota Key, retreat to the slow-living lifestyle of Englewood at this Old Florida property set on two miles of sandy beach. 

Lido Beach Resort

With a range of beautiful hotels located on Sarasota's stunning shores, you're sure to have a fantastic fall getaway. So pack your bags and mark yourself OOO this October before the hectic holiday season ensues.