Go Where the Locals Go

Enjoy a list of lesser known beaches of Sarasota County.

No matter what list or poll you read, the results are in: Sarasota has some of the best beaches in the world.

All it takes is a single visit to become a fan of Sarasota’s beaches. Once you plant your feet in the powdery, pearly white sand and take in the mesmerizing view of the aquamarine Gulf of Mexico, you’ll be hooked.

Even the tangerine colored sunsets are celebrated with applause as revelers salute another “day in paradise.” And beach weddings are set against the magnificent backdrop of sea and sky to make ceremonies unforgettable.

But with the popularity of Sarasota’s famous beaches, a couple of nagging obstacles arise: crowds and limited parking.

No worries.

Locals know which beaches to go to for a quieter retreat, a relaxing walk by the water’s edge and more parking options.

So to help you along, here are six select spots along Sarasota County’s waterfront highlighting lesser-known beaches: