Get to Know the Islands and Beaches of Sarasota

Get to Know the Islands and Beaches of Sarasota

Get to Know the Islands and Beaches of Sarasota Riviera Dunes Marina

Get to Know the Islands and Beaches of Sarasota

With six islands and a multitude of beaches within each, it’s safe to say that there will always be a spot for you on the beautiful islands and beaches of Sarasota. When you want to island hop or settle down onto a secluded beach and get into a good book, here’s what you can expect when you visit the islands and beaches of Sarasota.

Casey Key

Casey Key, which is home to Nokomis Beach, is located on the southern end of Sarasota County. As the oldest public beach in the county, Nokomis has a wealth of activities that’s perfect for all—from the fishermen to the families. The kids will love finding shark teeth washed ashore. And don’t forget your maracas! Everyone will love to join in on the Nokomis Beach Drum Circle every Wednesday and Saturday evening around sunset. In addition there are also lifeguards year-round, picnic tables and a concession stand with everything from smoked brisket to sangria. 

Lido Key

Serene and uncrowded, Lido Beach on Lido Key is a popular destination for those looking to unwind without disturbance. Stroll along the 1-mile beachfront for a sunset walk or take a dip into the Lido Beach Community Swimming Pool to do some laps. South Lido Park Beach is another relaxing destination on Lido Key. The 100-acre park is lush with trails and waterways perfect for you to take your canoe or dip in for a swim. There are also picnic areas and a playground for the little ones.

Longboat Key

Longboat Key is another spot for some of the more private beaches of Sarasota county. Though they can be a little more difficult to reach, they offer uninterrupted afternoons of sun and sand. If you are visiting Longboat Key beaches during the summer months, you just might get to see turtles laying their eggs on the beach!

Manasota Key

On Manasota Key, you’ll find a beach for all outdoor lovers! Along Manasota Beach, a smaller beach, there are lovely dunes, mangroves and many opportunities to go wildlife or bird watching in this nature haven. Though a quieter beach, Blind Pass Beach offers uninterrupted views of the sunset and an abundance of shark teeth and shells to take home as souvenirs! Englewood Beach, also known as Middle Beach, has more beachgoers, but there are also more amenities including showers, grilling and picnic areas as well as basketball courts and a playground for the kids. Lastly, Stump Pass Beach is rich in nature in addition to their secluded beach. Take out your kayak where you might see tortoises and manatees or cast a line while you wait for your next big catch!

Siesta Key

Siesta Key is home to Siesta Beach, which is acclaimed for its No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s list of best beaches in America. Beachgoers love the white quartz sand, the shimmering Gulf of Mexico waters in the distance and of course the friendly dolphin, manatee and birds that can be seen during their visit. Other Siesta Key hotspots are Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach, which you’ll find are much more secluded compared to Siesta Beach. 

Venice

Soak up some sun, swim out to the coral reef or watch as the dolphins swim in the ocean at Venice Beach. After sunbathing, you can also walk along a boardwalk, spend some time in a picnic area or play a round of sand volleyball. Also located in Venice, Caspersen Beach always ensures you’ll leave with some treasure, whether it’s shark teeth or shells! Then if your furry family members are with you, head to Brohard Paw Park near Caspersen.

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Sarasota’s Siesta Beach is the #1 Beach in the U.S.

Sarasota’s Siesta Beach is the #1 Beach in the U.S.

Sarasota's Siesta Beach is the #1 Beach in the U.S. Riviera Dunes Marina

Sarasota’s Siesta Beach is the #1 Beach in the U.S.

Sarasota’s Siesta Beach has been awarded the No. 1 beach in the country by Professor Stephen “Dr. Beach” Leatherman! This is the second time that Siesta Beach has been acclaimed in the last seven years. 

It’s no surprise to us here at Riviera Dunes Marina! With its glistening white sand, Siesta Beach is a beautiful beach to visit year-round! Visitors flock to the beach every year for the crystal clear waters, fantastic shelling opportunities and much more. The beach has also been renovated recently to offer more parking opportunities as well as a free trolley for beachgoers to utilize.

Dr. Beach rates beaches from all over the country using 50 different criteria in order to score them for a total of 250 points. Siesta Beach scored a 238 out of 250 points! Some of the criteria included in the list are amenities, noise level, public safety, color of sand, number of sunny days and much more. The full criteria list can be found here

In addition to Siesta Beach, Florida’s Grayton Beach State Park and Caladesi State Park also ranked in Dr. Beach’s Top 10 U.S. Beaches of 2017 among beaches in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Are you looking for more fun things to do in Sarasota? From going snorkeling in seagrass to exploring the sandbars and taking luxury home tours, there’s much to see and do when visiting!

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Siesta Beach Ranked No. 1 in the U.S.

Siesta Beach Ranked No. 1 in the U.S.

Siesta Beach Ranked No. 1 in the U.S. Riviera Dunes Marina

Siesta Beach Ranked No. 1 in the U.S.

TripAdvisor just released their 2017 Travelers’ Choice Awards and ranked our local beach No. 1 in the U.S.! Our own Siesta Beach, located just 20 minutes from Sarasota is ranked as the No. 1 beach in the country. It’s no surprise to us as Siesta Beach is a lovely destination year-round! 

Runners up in the top five spots include Ka’anapali Beach in Hawaii and Florida’s Saint Pete Beach, Clearwater Beach and the beach at Panama City.

In addition to ranking No. 1 in the U.S., Siesta Beach also ranks No. 5 best beach in the whole world!

With its white sand and nature areas nearby, Siesta Beach is a fantastic place to visit. Perfect for large families or as an intimate getaway for couples, this acclaimed beach does not disappoint. 

If you haven’t visited Siesta Beach yet, here are some perks you’ll get to enjoy:

Cool beaches: Because the sand is comprised of 99 percent pure quartz, you don’t have to worry about burning your feet (this is especially important to note for the little ones) even on the hottest summer days.

Volleyball: The beach is equipped with its own volleyball court. Just bring a ball, and let the games begin!

Safety: Lifeguards are always on duty, so you can rest assured that you and your loved ones will be safe when treading the waters. 

Pavilion: Perfect for toting your own picnic, settle under the pavilion where you can take a break from the sun and fuel up for the remainder of your afternoon at the beach. 

Beach-friendly wheelchairs: Offered year-round, travel from the parking lot to the shore with ease via their complimentary beach-friendly wheelchairs. You can find these at the concession area.

ADA beach access mats: The ADA beach access mats make it a breeze for those in wheelchairs or pedestrians with strollers or beach carts to travel the shore more easily. 

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