Sarasota beaches are the prized jewels of this popular tourist destination in southwestern Florida. Sarasota is located just to the north of Fort Myers in the Tampa Bay Area and officially includes Sarasota Bay and the island in between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico, including Siesta Key, Longboat Key, and Lido Key. Siesta Key and Lido Key are well known international tourist destinations that are chiefly known for their pristine, white-sand beaches and clear blue water. Visitors of Sarasota Florida can expect to discover a world of opportunities for fun recreational activities along the beaches. Windsurfing, jet skiing, fishing, and snorkeling are just a few of the ways people choose to pass their time in this alluring vacation hot spot.
Crescent Beach is one of the most beautiful of all the breathtaking beaches on Siesta Key, a mark by which many savvy travelers judge all other beaches in Florida and often the southern United States. This particular beach is located in the middle of the island and offers a relaxed atmosphere where you can enjoy long vistas of the sea and relaxing under an umbrella with a drink. There are lifeguards on duty and a host of public facilities, as well as places to eat and drink within close proximity. If you are interested in renting gear and equipment for snorkeling or fishing, you will have no problem finding it right around here. The entire island of Siesta Key is geared toward outdoor activities and accommodation the eager visitors who look forward to enjoying them each and every year.
Not to be confused with the artsy beach community in southern California, this beach in Sarasota offers a relaxing atmosphere and is widely known as one of the best places to unearth shark teeth from the sand. There is a huge fishing pier that extends all the way into the Gulf and many other beach activities are going on full-time. There are public facilities and lifeguards on duty in season.
Caspersen Beach is adjacent to Venice Beach (or more properly, a part of Venice) and is the largest beach in Sarasota Florida. The vistas of the sea and dunes stretch for about as far as you can see in either direction. There are a host of restaurants that overlook the beach and a generally convivial atmosphere to discover around every corner. Of course, there is no shortage of fresh seafood and ice-cold tropical beverages to go around. At Caspersen Beach, you can rent equipment and gear for fishing, rent or charter a boat for deep sea fishing or a sunset cruise, or book time for parasailing. And that is just the beginning of all the activities that are available to guests.
Although Longboat Key refers to the entire island, the beaches are worth noting as separate from the lot because of the general differences between this island and Lido and Siesta. These beaches tend to be far more private and cater to guests of the luxury resorts and hotels that are ubiquitous on this enviable and tiny island. The fine dining, high-end shopping, boating, and pristine beaches round out what is an otherwise opulent experience, no matter which beach you are staying on in Lido Key.