SARASOTA COUNTY’S OLDEST PUBLIC BEACH
Nokomis Beach on Casey Key is beloved by locals and visitors from around the world. Nature provides the fine white sand, clear blue water, and a spectacular view of both the Intracoastal Waterway and the Gulf of Mexico. Lifeguards are on duty every day at Nokomis Beach, and there’s plenty of free parking, picnic facilities, concessions, and a playground for the kids. Nokomis Beach is located at the west end of Albee Road on Casey Key. It’s the Sarasota County beach that has something for everyone.
Sarasota County acquired Nokomis Beach bit-by-bit. Portions of the beach were purchased in the late 1940s and the 1950s. Another 600-foot stretch of beach was added in 1986. Today, Nokomis Beach is a sparkling, 1,700-foot beach where sand, surf, and fun in the sun are enjoyed almost every day of the year. The beach and the adjacent park are spread across 22 breathtaking, semi-tropical acres on Casey Key. Swimming, boating, fishing, water skiing, bird-watching, shell collecting, and beach volleyball are just a sample of the popular recreations. Nokomis Beach is particularly popular with shark’s tooth collectors, and it’s likely you’ll also find sharks’ teeth if you look. Nokomis Beach is the perfect spot for romantic strolls in the moonlight, and the sunsets are among the most spectacular you’ll see anywhere on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
Gopher tortoises are a threatened species, but they live and thrive in dunes at Nokomis Beach. Sea turtles also nest on the beach in the summer. There’s a canoe and kayak launch, several spots for fishing, and a handy bait shop nearby. Nokomis Beach Plaza is also nearby. It was designed in the 1950s by prominent area architect Jack West (1922-2010); West himself supervised the plaza’s renovation in 2008. An active drum circle also meets on Nokomis Beach; it draws from dozens to hundreds of participants, depending on the weather and the season. It’s free, it’s fun, and everyone is welcome to participate. Nokomis Beach is open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, although the parking lot closes from midnight until 6:00 a.m.