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Beaches, Nature & Wildlife Areas, Parks
South Lido is unique in that it combines four bodies of water: the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota Bay, Big Pass, and Brushy Bayou. It's a great place to get in some outdoor activities.
Lido Beach is the larger of the three on Lido Key, but it's still laid back and low key for the most part. There are concessions and a swimming pool as well.
Turtle Beach in on the southern end of Siesta Key. The sand is a bit courser than Siesta Beach's, but it's less crowded. A great place to launch kayaks.
Just south of the famous Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach has a slightly quieter feel but the same divine white sand.
Nokomis is the oldest beach park in Sarasota County, with great facilities including a covered pavilion that can be rented out. There is also a boat launch and lifeguards on duty.
This long stretch of sand is located on Anna Maria Island, just north of Sarasota in the Bradenton area.
The most celebrated beach in Sarasota, and perhaps the country, Siesta Beach is the crown glory of the area with its powdery fine sands and warm turquoise waters. Be aware that the secret is out and you'll likely be around others who come here for the 'best' beach.
Located just south in Venice, Caspersen has a natural feel to it. It's a great place to do some hiking and bird watching along its paths.
Brohard is unique in the fact that it's the only dog-friendly beach in the area. If you're in need of a place to play with your pup, look no further.
North of Sarasota you'll find Bradenton Beach which maintains a small island community feel. It is known for its many fine fishing piers as well!