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Sarasota’s Hidden Gem Beaches

When it comes to Sarasota living, some of the area’s best assets are quiet, secluded beaches. Sit back and relax on your own private strip of sand at an oceanfront enclave with nothing but you, the sun, and the sea. Sarasota is a frequent leader on the world’s best beaches for the famous Siesta Key Beach, but neighboring oasis’ are equally as welcoming, especially if you’re looking for a little privacy and peace.

If you’re scoping out a quiet spot for your next beach day, look no further than these hidden gem beaches in Sarasota, Florida.

Venice Beach in Venice

Venice Beach is located in the idealistic city of Venice, also known as “Shark Tooth Capital of the World.” Just west of the Venice Municipal Airport is a 740-foot pier, where you can catch fishermen and spectators enjoying days in the sun. Venice Beach stretches to each side and is the perfect escape for a more lively beach day. Looking for a more lowkey space? Look no further than South Brohard Beach Park, where you can meander down boardwalks that open up to a picturesque shoreline. Better yet? Brohard Beach & Paw Park is dog friendly!

Blind Pass Beach on Manasota Key

Located on Sarasota’s southernmost barrier island, Manasota Key is home to Blind Pass Beach. Here, at the middle point of the island, you’ll find a peaceful retreat that welcomes many creative artists. The Hermitage Artist’s Retreat is one of the major attractions here, drawing the likes of international artists (nine of whom are Pulitzer Prize winners!). Place your beach chair in the sand and take in the old Florida flora fauna with a side of complete tranquility. 

North Jetty Beach Park on Casey Key 

There’s nothing quite like Casey Key in the Sarasota area, and if you head towards the southern end of the barrier island, you’ll find North Jetty Beach Park. With an abundance of amenities, quiet boardwalks lead out onto a narrow beach frequented by locals. This spot is ideal for relaxing in peace and quiet, watching the boats sail by on the Gulf of Mexico, and a favorite Florida pastime, shelling!

Ted Sperling Park on Lido Key

If you’re looking for a beach day that’s not too inconvenient and that’s just a stone’s throw from the downtown area, look no further than Ted Sperling Park out on Lido Key. Just over the Ringling Causeway, and at the end of Lido Key, is a small strip of sand where many boaters moor up for some fun in the sun. Better yet, this spot has some of the best beachside amenities including public restrooms, a playground, barbecues and picnic areas and more! Another perk to this spot is the lively view. The beach overlooks Big Pass, the waterway  that separates Lido from Siesta Key, so you’ll catch boaters, jet skiers and kayakers enjoying a day on the water too.

Turtle Beach on Siesta Key

While Siesta Key Beach may garner world-class attention, Turtle Beach on the southern tip of the island is an equal contender. Here, you’ll find much more nature and a lot less noise, making it an easy local favorite. Turtle Beach features a wide strip of beach with plenty of amenities including a kayak drop, showers, an area for campers, grills and more! There’s ample parking here, and easy access to some of Sarasota’s favorite waterfront dining including Turtle’s and Ophelias on the Bay.

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