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Sarasota-Bradenton Area

Sarasota is a richly diverse community with opportunities to play, learn, dine, be entertained and generally live well. The City of Sarasota is located at the Northwest Corner of Sarasota County. Bradenton, the second largest city in our area adjoins the City of Sarasota immediately to the North.

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Beaches Any One?


Longboat Key

Longboat Key is the northernmost and longest island along Sarasota’s coast, boasting 12 miles of shoreline. During the summer season, Longboat Key is a popular beach for turtles to nest and lay their eggs. Enjoy relaxing views of the Gulf Coast of Mexico, smaller crowds and a laid-back vibe on this relaxing destination.

Lido Key

Lido Key is nestled between Longboat Key to the north and Siesta Key to the south and boasts three beaches: North Lido, Lido Beach, and South Lido. The key received its name when John Ringling, a fan of Italian culture, referred to its beaches by using the Italian word “lido,” which means “beach.”

Siesta Key

The eight-mile island of Siesta Key is accessible by two bridges from the mainland. Comprised Siesta Beach (widely regarded as one of the best beaches in the world), Crescent Beach, and Turtle Beach, the key attracts families and sunbathers by day and party-goers by night.

Casey Key

The south end of Casey Key is designed with visitors in mind.  Picnic areas, concession stands, and on-duty lifeguards attract families to this 18-acre park year-round. Nokomis Beach on Casey Key is Sarasota County’s oldest public beach.


Caspersen Beach in Venice is one of the longest stretches of beach still in its natural state along Sarasota County’s shoreline. Hiking paths and boardwalks allow for bird watching and views of plant species. Venice Beach, closer to downtown, has colorful lifeguard stands, a pavilion with shaded tables and a café, loads of parking, and bathrooms. Finally, near Caspersen is Sarasota County’s only dog-friendly beach, Brohard Paw Park.

Manasota Key

Manasota Key has four beaches: Manasota, Blind Pass, Englewood, and Stump Pass. Manasota Beach sand dunes and mangroves attract nature lovers; Blind Pass Beach is 60 acres wide between the Gulf and the bay and offers nearly 3,000 feet of sand; Englewood Beach offers grills, picnic tables, pavilions and a range of outdoor sports facilities; and Stump Pass Beach is a state park perfect for hiking and exploring Florida’s natural flora and fauna.

Anna Maria Island Beaches

Travelers and beach-lovers all over the word visit Anna Maria Island for its spectacular beaches and laid back friendly “Old Florida” charm.

The gorgeous soft white sands of the island beckon you to days of relaxing in the sun with your family and watching the waves with an umbrella and drink, swimming in clear Gulf waters, shell hunting, walking or biking along the shore, sandcastle building and so much more.

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Manatee Public Beach

Location: 4000 Gulf Dr, Holmes Beach, FL 34217

Manatee Public Beach in Holmes Beach is a top choice for families on Anna Maria Island. This white sand beach offers every amenity that a family would need including:

  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Café on the beach
  • Bike racks
  • Changing cabanas
  • Playground
  • Picnic tables
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Water fountains
  • Volleyball courts

The café is a major convenience so that your family can always stay hydrated and full without having to leave the beach.

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Coquina Beach (Gulfside)

Location: 2650 Gulf Dr S., Bradenton Beach, FL

Coquina Beach has similar amenities as Manatee Public Beach while being a good alternative that can sometimes be less crowded.

It offers some spectacular scenery with views of the gulf and tall pine trees lining the beach, along with a popular bike path.

  • Lifeguards on duty
  • Concession stand
  • Beach equipment rentals
  • Bike racks
  • Picnic areas
  • Playground
  • Pavilions
  • Restrooms
  • Multiuse biking/walking path
  • Water fountains
  • Volleyball courts

Your family will stay cool and safe at Coquina Beach swimming in the clear blue water with experienced lifeguards nearby, or lounging in the shaded pavilion area under the pine trees.

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Bayfront Park

Location: 310 North Bay Boulevard, Anna Maria, FL

Bayfront Park in Anna Maria is another top location for a beach family picnic, but note that it does not have the lifeguard services that the other two beaches offer.

Several of our beachfront Anna Maria vacation rentals are close to this beach park, and the free trolley also stops at the City Pier right next to the park.

  • Pavilions
  • Grills
  • Benches
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Playground
  • Water fountains

Bayfront Park offers some of the best views of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge and Egmont Key that you’ll find, with excellent picnic and grilling facilities. Visit this beach to enjoy an afternoon barbecue with your family while taking in the scenery!

Zitelli Realty Network
Eric Zitelli
6950 Magellan Way
Sarasota, FL 34243

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