The Sarasota-Bradenton area is filled with some of the world’s best beaches. Our mild waves and white sand beaches make for the perfect combination. Our beaches are perfect for playing in the water, or staying dry and relaxing up on shore. If you haven’t been to our beaches yet, its about time you experience them for yourself!

South Beaches


Boca Grande

Boca Grande, on the dial county island at the mouth of Charlotte Harbor, is best known as America’s tarpon fishing center. Other than a small phosphate export port, Gasparilla Island was famous for its fishing plutocrats.


Gasparilla Island

Turtle nesting season begins in May and continues through September. Watch with wonder as you locate nests on Gasparilla Island. Acclaimed as the “Tarpon capital of the world,” this is a fantastic place to fish as well as scuba dive, shell and picnic.

Sarasota Beaches

Caspersen Beach

With two-thirds of its shoreline relatively undisturbed, Caspersen Beach is a secluded and peaceful choice for couples or those seeking a more tranquil beach experience.  Location: Manatasota Key  Map

Sarasota Beaches

Englewood Beach

With two-thirds of its shoreline relatively undisturbed, Caspersen Beach is a secluded and peaceful choice for couples or those seeking a more tranquil beach experience. Location: Manatasota Key Map


Manasota Beach

Ample parking, showers, restrooms and picnic tables make Englewood Beach a delightful option for families. No lifeguards on duty, however. While there are no concession stands, you’ll want to visit the numerous restaurants and shops just across the street. Map


Brohard Paw Park Beach

Ample parking, showers, restrooms and picnic tables make Englewood Beach a delightful option for families. No lifeguards on duty, however. While there are no concession stands, you’ll want to visit the numerous restaurants and shops just across the street. Map


Venice Beach

A fossilized reef is located one-quarter mile offshore of Venice Municipal Beach, making it a perfect spot for scuba diving. Take a walk along the shore and discover shark’s teeth, for which the beach earned national acclaim.  Map

Sarasota Beaches

Nokomis Beach

Nokomis Beach is Sarasota’s oldest public beach. Also known for its fishing, this beach offers a complete array of amenities including a boat ramp, picnic shelters, lifeguards, and restrooms.  Location: Casey Key  Map

Sarasota and Bradenton water and beaches

 

Midway Beaches


Turtle Beach

Stretching 14 acres, Turtle Beach is the perfect place for peaceful or romantic stolls. Also home to some of the highest beach dunes in the area. Location: Siesta Key Map


Siesta Key Beach

Its unique crystal white sand (once voted the whitest sand in the world), clear and calm waters, boardwalks and free parking makes Siesta Key a celebrated public beach for families, tourists and young and old alike.  Map


Lido Key Beach

Perfect for walking, North Lido offers a half-mile stretch of virtually undisturbed sand and sea oat. Lido Beach, with its pavilion, ample parking and concessions, is one of Sarasota’s most popular beaches, being close to many restaurants at St. Armand’s Circle. Map

Lido Key Beach

Bird Key Park

Bird Key Park is a favorite spot among windsurfers and it is right near to St Armand’s Circle and the John Ringling Causeway. It is not always the best beach for swimming, however this beach is one of the few in the area that are pet friendly!


Longboat Key Public Beach

Bordered by the turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay, Longboat Key stretches 11 beautifully manicured miles. November through March, this small town of 8,000 more than doubles its population as tourists flock here from the North. Locating public beach access areas can be somewhat difficult. One of the best, however is at Whitney Beach on the north end of the island.  Map


Whitney Beach

Whitney Beach is approximately a quarter mile long and located directly across from Whitney Plaza. At the north end of Longboat Key this pristine beach extends southward behind several condominium residences. A public parking area is conveniently located on Broadway Street as well.  Map


 

North Beaches


Coquina Beach

Beautiful white sand, filled with coquina shells, gave this beach its name. Crowds also enjoy the barbecue pits and picnic tables under huge shade trees. The perfect beach for picnics and fun in the sun. Location: Anna Maria Island  Map


Manatee County Public Beach

Plenty of free parking, bountiful concessions, volleyball courts, swings for the kids and more. This is one of the best family beaches around.  Location: Anna Maria Island  Map


Palma Sola Causeway

Palma Sola Causway is a short strip of beach along Palma Sola Bay. This beach doesn’t have very many public amenities, but it remains a great spot for boaters and jet-skiing. It is also one of the few beaches where pets are allowed.


 

 

 

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