Best Beaches in Sarasota & Venice
The Beaches in the Sarasota area are some of the best in the world! No two beaches are the same, and Sarasota offers abundant and easy beach access. Beach access is free, although a few do charge a parking fee.
Siesta Beach: No doubt one of the best beaches period. Voted #1 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2011, and the #1 Beach In USA by Tripadvisor in 2017. Siesta Beach has the whitest and most powdery sand I have ever seen and stays cool underfoot. Concession stand offers foods & beverages. Popular Spring Break destination. There are a variety of homes and condominium properties available on Siesta Key and nearby community of Gulf Gate, Siesta Village offers many dining and shopping options as well as a vibrant night life scene.
Nokomis Beach: Nokomis Beach is located on the south end of Casey Key and encompasses the area from Albee Rd. Bridge to North Jetty Park. The “Drum Circle” is a fixture every Saturday night. Casey Key properties are mostly high end although some condo units in resort rental complexes are available.
North Jetty Park : Is on the north side of Venice Inlet and is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike for outdoor parties & cookouts. Recently upgraded with a new concession stand and home of the historic North Jetty Fish Camp, visitors can relax on the beach, and fish from the North Jetty for a variety of sport-fish while watching boaters go in and out through the inlet.
Venice Beach: Located on Venice Island on the south side of Venice Inlet is easily accessible from the Venice area. There is a snack shack as well as restroom facilities. Fishing is also popular on the South Jetty.
Service Club Park and Maxine Barritt Park, are near the area of the Venice Fishing Pier and the ever so popular Sharky’s Restaurant which is the gateway to the pier. Sharky’s has been a favorite spot for lunches, dinners, and drinks while watching out awesome Gulf sunsets. The Pier offers free fishing from the pier and sells bait, tackle & other sundries. At 700 feet in length it offers a great view up and down the coast.
Brohard Paw Park: Locally known as “The Dog Beach”and located just south of the Venice Pier area on Venice Island. This is a beach where you can take your dog and let them have a fantastic time with other dogs & dog lovers, swimming and playing. Just pick up after your pet!
Casperson Beach: Probably one of my favorites, a very natural State Park located at the south end of Venice Island. No high rises or homes, just natural and preserved the way it used to be. Good to fish, swim or walk, and the Legacy Trail Bike Trail ends here. So you can ride your bike from here to Sarasota. Good place to look for shark’s teeth!
Manasota Beach: The northernmost public beach on Manasota Key. Located at the end of Manasota Beach Rd. Readily accessible from South Venice and north Englewood from 776 and Manasota Beach Rd. There is a free public boat ramp located at the Manasota Rd. bridge in the Intracoastal waterway. Nice beach with new restroom facilities.