Whether you have just moved to Sarasota, here for a weekend getaway, or starting your snowbird journey, I am sure that the beaches in the area are what you have been dreaming of when you think of enjoying your time in Sarasota. It is hard not to fall in love with the warm turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico and the white sugar sand beaches. It can be hard to choose just one, and with so many great choices located within Sarasota County, you can spend an entire week just experiencing the different beaches for yourself. But if you don’t want to or want to know from a local opinion of the best beach to go to while in Sarasota, we have got you covered!
5: Nokomis Beach
Located on Casey Key, Nokomis Beach is home to some of the most beautiful and captivating views on the Gulf coast. Just south of Sarasota and minutes north of Venice, Nokomis Beach is the oldest public beach in Sarasota County and claims 14 miles of white sand beach. A rare find on the gulf, Nokomis beach is a surfer’s paradise with its swells. Come check out the beach on Wednesday and Saturday evenings for a family fun hour brought together by the Nokomis Beach Drum Circle. The main downside of Nokomis Beach is its location to other entertainment and proximity to Venice and Sarasota.
4: Longboat Key Beaches
Just North of St. Armands Circle, following John Ringling Parkway to Gulf of Mexico Drive, will lead you to the picturesque town of Longboat Key. Located on the barrier island that gives the town its namesake, you will find Spanish moss on the branches of the oak trees that line the road—almost hidden dirt road parking lots nestled in between palm trees and beautiful residences. Longboat Key is home to 12 different public beaches along the Gulf of Mexico. These beaches are some of my favorite because they are lesser-known than other beaches in the area, each lot is full of free parking, and if one lot is full, there are plenty more to choose from. The drawbacks about these beaches are some of the public space for the beach access can be narrow, and other than the beach itself, there isn’t much for entertainment within walking distance except for a few select beach access points.
3: Caspersen Beach
Located in beautiful Venice, just south of Sarasota, sits a beach like no other on the west coast of FL. With its wooden walkways hanging over the rocky shore, Caspersen Beach is something you don’t find every day on the west coast of Florida. It is easy to keep to yourself and listen to the waves roll over the rocks and white sand. If you’re the type of person that enjoys shelling while at the beach, this is the perfect beach for you, and you may even get lucky and find fossilized shark teeth. Caspersen Beach is peaceful and private; it gives you the space to relax or find shell treasure. The only drawback to this beach is its proximity to shopping, dining, and hotels, which also helps keep its serenity.
2: Lido Key Beach
My favorite beach is located just off the mainland of Downtown Sarasota. Over the John Ringling Causeway and through St. Armands Circle, you will find the gorgeous waters of Lido Key. The beach is a little lesser-known than Siesta Key, with many same amenities. If you’re like me and like to have your own space while enjoying your time on the beach, you can almost always find a new spot on the snow-white sand beaches. Sophisticated and casual shopping and dining sit along the beautifully decorated St. Armands Circle with the live music from the performers on the circle or the restaurants surrounding it. It is a great place to spend the day in the water and an evening out. Not to mention the proximity to downtown keeps this beach at the top of my list. The drawbacks to Lido are that it has slowly become more of a discovered destination, and with that, it is becoming more crowded. On top of that, parking meters have replaced most of the free parking available. However, there are still many free options and free parking everywhere on the weekends, along with a new parking garage.
1: Siesta Key Beach
According to Trip Advisor, voted as the second-best beach in the United States and the top 20 best beaches globally, it is no surprise that Siesta Key would be at the top of the list. Beautifully located between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Key is a popular vacation destination. With palm tree-lined streets, a village full of bars, restaurants, and shopping with live music around every corner, it is a tourist paradise with everything you can ask for just a short walk from the soft white sand beach. Parking on Siesta is free and plentiful, and the entire island feels as though you were transported to a tropical island far away. Come check out the sunset over the peaceful water and if you’re there on a Sunday evening, listen to the sound of the Drum Circle. There are some drawbacks to the best beach in the country; a big one is it’s crowded! During the peak season, it can be very challenging to find a parking spot if you arrive after 10 am, and if you can find a spot, you may be sitting towel to towel while trying to relax on the beach. However, it is a fun place to be! Whether you’re looking for spring break vibes or a tropical getaway, it will leave you satisfied.
If you’re ready to stop living for your vacation and start vacationing for a living, let us help you find your slice of paradise. It matters who you work with, so let us, with Sarasota Home Specialist show you exactly how easy home buying can be!