The Top 10 Spectacular Beaches of Sarasota County
Sarasota County is the beach capital of the world! With more than 35 miles of powdery white sand, year-round beach weather, and a beach ranked number one in the nation (Siesta Beach on Siesta Key), Sarasota County is simply unsurpassed as a beach-lover’s destination. With 6 majestic barrier islands and more than a dozen beaches on the Sarasota shoreline, each island and beach has its own distinctive, innate beauty. A variety of recreational options – fishing, boating, snorkeling, skiing, windsurfing, and more – are available to beach lovers and outdoors enthusiasts.
1. Siesta Beach - Where the sand looks like sugar, dazzling and shiny, and stretches as far as you can see. Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University's Laboratory for Coastal Research has been ranking beaches for over 20 years. Known to TV viewers as "Dr. Beach," in 2011 Dr. Leatherman named Siesta Beach on Siesta Key the number one beach in the nation. Siesta Beach is three miles of sun, sand, and aqua-blue Gulf waters; the entire key stretches for eight miles.
2. Turtle Beach & Campground - One of the rare remaining south Florida locations where you can park your RV or pitch a tent right beside the Gulf of Mexico, sleep next to the surf and under the stars, and wake up with the rising Florida sun.
3. Crescent Beach - Located mid-Siesta Key, Crescent Beach is less crowded and more relaxed.
4. Lido Beach - Historic Lido Beach, one of southwest Florida’s fabulous white-sand beaches, sits directly on the sparkling Gulf of Mexico.
5. South Lido Beach Park - Breathtakingly beautiful beach adjacent to a 100-acre park and nature preserve at the southeast tip of Lido Key.
6. Venice Beach - Noted for the sharks’ teeth that are found there; it’s the home of the annual Venice Shark's Tooth Festival and the 700-foot Venice Fishing Pier.
7. Caspersen Beach - Sarasota County’s largest beach, where sand dunes roll into the distance.
8. Brohard Beach and Paw Park - A pet-friendly Venice beach where Fido can join your enjoyment of the sun, sand, and surf.
9. North Jetty Beach Park - An immensely popular fishing jetty sitting right at Casey Key’s southern tip, where the Gulf meets the Intracoastal Waterway.
10. Nokomis Beach - An escape from the modern world to an “old Florida” with fewer people and no modern land development
Sarasota County’s more popular beaches, such as Siesta Beach and Lido Beach, feature playgrounds, abundant concessions, restrooms, and plenty of free parking. At the more secluded beaches, like Blind Pass Beach and Stump Pass Beach at the County’s southern tip, you’ll find fewer people and amenities, but these beaches are genuinely unspoiled and pristine, if somewhat primitive. On any of Sarasota’s beaches you’re likely to find a volleyball game or drum circle, and spectacular sunsets can be seen every evening on every Sarasota beach. What on earth are you waiting for?