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Beach Conditions and Travel Alerts

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

(Last Updated 5/21/2020 at 3:30 pm)

Visit Sarasota County is not in a position to advise anyone regarding travel at this time. 

For COVID-19 health tips, best practices and up-to-date information, visit the CDC Coronavirus Disease Travel Page or the Florida Department of Health Coronavirus Page. To see recent Florida Executive Orders from Governor DeSantis, visit FDOH's News Page.  In all cases, if a visitor gets sick with fever, cough or has trouble breathing, they should seek medical care and avoid contact with others. For more information and resources from Sarasota County Government, click here

Vacation Rentals

The Department of Business & Professional Regulation approved the Sarasota County vacation rental re-opening plan which allows vacation rental reservations and the acceptance of arriving guests, effective May 22, 2020. To view the Sarasota County Plan to Reopen Vacation Rentals, click here. To view the Recommendations for Property Owners and Managers from Sarasota County Government and Visit Sarasota County, click here

Local Businesses

In relation to visiting local businesses, Governor DeSantis' office has created this helpful guide outlining Phase 1 of the plan for Florida's recovery (effective Monday, May 18, 2020). It provides information about limitatons for restaurants, retail, attractions, etc.  For other COVID-19 resources from the Governor, click here

Sarasota County Beaches

Sarasota County beaches are open with the following restrictions:

  • Maintain social distancing and keep groups to 10 or less.
  • Concessions, playgrounds, amenities and picnic shelters will remain closed at certain locations.

For more information from Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources, click here.  

For business resources, click here

Beach Conditions

To see detailed, updated information about any Sarasota County beach in real time, visit Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium's Beach Conditions Reporting System.

For additional updates and imagery regarding beach conditions, see VISIT FLORIDA's Florida Now page.

Extreme Weather Conditions

Note: there are currently no extreme weather conditions in Sarasota County.

For the latest information on any given case of extreme weather, see Sarasota County Emergency Services' Facebook page where updates on local conditions during an emergency are posted in real time.  You can also call them at 941-861-5000. 

For Sarasota County's official information and advice for hurricane preperation, see the online Hurricane Preparedness kit.

For the highest level of hurricane tracking information, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) online Hurricane Center.