The Beauty of Sarasota Beaches
The Sarasota area has more great beaches than any other water front in the world. Whether you are looking for a sand hideaway or a fun day of sandcastle building and sunbathing, Sarasota has a beach to fit your needs. No one knows this better than Kandy McCashland, who is a long-time resident of the Sarasota area and spends her time fishing along Florida’s coast. Here are her recommendations.
Long Boat Key
Separated from mainland Florida entirely, Long Boat Key is the perfect spot for those looking for a more private beach, but don’t want to stray too far from Sarasota. The water along the key is perfect for surfing, kayaking, and even parasailing, and the key itself is packed with plenty of great activities. It’s the only island in the area with a full-service golf course. But don’t forget to take some time to just relax on the soft sand beaches and enjoy the clear Sarasota water.
This key has plenty of activities for the diners and thrill seekers among us, but it also has long white sand beaches and incredible views of the Gulf. There are sand dunes with walking trails and even wooded beaches that make for an interesting day of exploring.
No place in the Sarasota area is truer to Florida’s history than Venice Beach. With friendly locals, charming stores, and the longest natural beach in the area, Venice is a must-see. Most of the surrounding area is protected by nature preserves, making it a great place to visit Florida’s flora and fauna, as well as take a refreshing dip, in cool, clean water.
Manasota Key plays host to the most sheltered and private beaches in the Sarasota area, though they don’t advertise it much, and for good reason. With plenty of historical charm and mangroves in the area, they get plenty of visitors, hoping to get away from the bustle of the city and maybe see a manatee.
Boasting miles of perfect sand, clear water, and plenty local wildlife, this key is Kandy McCashland’s favorite. It was named the best beach in the world, and every year continues to live up to this title. There are plenty of sailing and shopping opportunities for those looking for something more structured, but there is also calm water and pristine sand for those just looking for a relaxing day beside the ocean. When the sun starts to set and it’s time for a drink, Kandy recommends Gilligans, The Daiquiri Deck, and the Beach House.