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Article Teaser: When thinking of Sarasota, Florida, images of its white sandy beaches dance in your head. Sun glistening on the tips of waves splashing in from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico twinkle the imagination too. For decades, visitors have marked Sarasota as a return destination on their yearly calendars in order to experience Florida's warm climate in harsh winters. In this article, we will review other Florida beach destinations for you to consider also.

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Sarasota Florida: Ultimate Beach Guide

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When thinking of Sarasota, Florida, images of its white sandy beaches dance in your head. Sun glistening on the tips of waves splashing in from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico twinkle the imagination too.

For decades, visitors have marked Sarasota as a return destination on their yearly calendars in order to experience Florida's warm climate in harsh winters. Hotel rooms or condominiums are booked sometimes years in advance. With numerous direct flights to Sarasota Bradenton International Airport from US major cities, Sarasota is easily accessible. The Tampa International Airport is only an hour north as well.

Sarasota has over 35 miles of beaches along the warm, azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico. Because Sarasota is on the west coast of Florida, the sunsets are unforgettable as the sun melts into the water at dusk. Learn about Sarasota's beaches below and discover why so many people consider Sarasota the ultimate beach town.

Siesta Key Beach

World-renowned Siesta Key Beach has been a popular tourist destination for years. Year after year it appears on multiple Top Beach Lists. In fact, Dr Beach just named Siesta Key the 2nd best beach in the United States on the 2009 America's Best Beaches list. Siesta Key's crystal white sand is cool to the touch. Since this is the most popular beach around, visitors arrive early to get a parking spot, a spot for an umbrella for some warm rays, cool and clear waters of the Gulf. Lifeguards are on duty!

Beach goers enjoy the Pavilion for drinks and snacks. Grills, a playground, volleyball and tennis courts are all available when you need a break from sunbathing or swimming. Siesta Key Village is within walking distance or a quick drive if you dare to give up your parking spot. The Village surf shops provide all beach supplies and there are casual restaurants available throughout the Village.

Turtle Beach

At the south end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. The sand here was recently renourished to provide wide beaches for enhanced recreation and protection. Vacationers on the southern end enjoy the convenience of strolling to this beach which has access to Little Sarasota Bay. Turtle Beach is known as one of the best places to find shark's teeth. Several restaurants ware within walking distance as well.

Casey Key Beach

Known as one of Sarasota's most private beaches, Casey Key is home to celebrities and sports personalities seeking their island paradise. This barrier island is south of Sarasota and "off the beaten path." You'll see no high rises - just beach cottages and elegant estates along the beaches. Unlike other Sarasota beaches, dogs are allowed to experience the sand with their owners. Resident and visitors enjoy calm, cool waters and lots of privacy at this secluded beach oasis.

Bird Key Park

Just across the John Ringling Causeway from downtown Sarasota, adjacent to the entrance of exclusive Bird Key and to the east of St. Armands Circle, is Bird Key Park. This tiny stretch of beach is a popular spot for windsurfers and kite surfers. It is not uncommon to see man best friend here. Bird Key Park is one of the few dog-friendly beaches.

North Lido Beach

North Lido Beach is a half mile stretch of beach located just to the northwest of St. Armands Circle. This uncrowded beach is a popular spot for locals and a great place to stroll for shells and sunbathing.

Lido Beach

A beautiful European style beach, Lido Beach offers a pavilion as well as a concession stand, restrooms and plenty of parking for its visitors. Lido is a destination beach for world-wide visitors who like Siesta Key return year after year. In addition to the concessions mentioned, there is an Olympic sized swimming pool, showers, playground and tennis courts.

South Lido Park

Heading south from Lido Beach, you'll find Lido Key Park. This 100-acre area is a popular spot for boaters. Much of the park is shaded by the tall Australian pines. The Park has two walking trails, ample picnic tables, and a playground for the kids. It is a great place to grill out as well.

Longboat Key Beach

Known as a very private beach, there are only 8 small public accesses on Longboat Key. Little blue signs mark the entrances the public accesses. Visitors enjoy shelling, swimming, walking and watching seagulls and pelicans dipping into the Gulf for their catch. Shore-side fishing is also popular with residents and visitors on this Gulf beach. Longboat Key stretches 11 miles and is popular for seasonal visitors who wish to escape the colder areas of the country.

There are many reasons to visit or live in Sarasota, but none are greater than the fabulous beaches. Come discover the white sand beaches, breathtaking sunsets, and near perfect weather. You will not be disappointed. It no wonder why so many visitors end up calling Sarasota home.


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