Sarasota, Florida can boast some of the most beautiful beaches on the planet.[Florida Vacation]
White sand beaches lend themselves to strolling the shoreline, a picnic beside the sea or simply beachcombing for shells.
The water is clear and warm and will gently cradle you as you paddle about in the ocean.
Siesta Public Beach
Lay your beach blanket down on pristine, white sand at the county’s most popular beach. The beach can get quite crowded on weekends where it is said that over 15,000 people bask in the warm sun.
There are a number of facilities such as lifeguards on duty year around, tennis and volleyball courts, bathroom facilities and a concession stand for when you crave a snack.
The picnic area is shaded by pine trees where you can have a cookout using one of the grills onsite while the children amuse themselves at the playground. You can walk to Siesta Village from the beach where you can shop and dine on island time.
Turtle Beach, Siesta Key
Turtle Beach can be found at the tip of southern Siesta Key. It is a serene beach where tourists flock to sunbath, read, swim and picnic. If you are looking to get away from the maddening crowds of the public beach, then Turtle Beach is an ideal choice.
Palmer Point Beach, Siesta Key
Palmer Point Beach starts at Siesta Key’s southern tip and ends at Casey Key’s north end. A portion of the beach was once home to the Mote Marine Laboratory but when the Midnight Pass closed in 1984 the beach area was extended.
Many tourists and locals alike head to Palmer Point Beach, but because of its length it allows beachgoers a feeling of isolation and privacy.
You’ll see many shore walkers strolling the shoreline from Turtle Beach and get the chance to see numerous vessels as it is a popular spot for boaters. You should take note that there are no public facilities nor any lifeguards on duty.
Florida’s Manatee County is also home to Longboat Key where access to beaches is limited. Greer Island can be reached by land or sea and is a quiet and private beach where you can enjoy some great shelling. Again, there are no lifeguards or public facilities.
Sarasota Florida is a haven for beach lovers. With so many to choose from, you may want to visit a different one each day of your vacation to get the full beach experience.