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Sarasota Beaches

Sarasota's Siesta Key beach is known for having the whitest and finest sand in the world. Click on any of the local beaches in the map or the list on the right for more information.
Check on water quality at local beaches. Florida is one of the few states that routinely tests water quality.


Rules & Safety

NORTH LIDO | LIDO | SOUTH LIDO | SIESTA | TURTLE | PALMER | NOKOMIS
NORTH JETTY | VENICE | BROHARD | CASPERSEN | MANASOTA | BLIND PASS

Nokomis Beach

Nokomis Beach is located on Casey Key directly west of the Albee Road Bridge.
The park includes 22 acres with 1,700 feet on the Gulf and 3,200 feet on the Intracoastal.

There is a partially covered large pavilion available for rent for parties including a classroom indoors. For information on shelter rentals, call 941-861-5000.

  • The beach's amenities include:
  • rest rooms
  • small picnic shelters
  • boat ramp
  • boardwalk and deck
  • dune walkovers

Lifeguards are on duty year round.


 


North Jetty ParkNorth Jetty Park Fishing
North Jetty Park is located on the southern tip of Casey Key. The jetties there make it one of the best places on the west coast of Florida for surfing. It's a popular spot for picnics and there is good fishing. Boats pass through the jetties from the Intracoastal to the Gulf
Nokomis Beach Sarasota FloridaThe park's amenities include:

  • rest rooms
  • large picnic shelter
  • small picnic shelters
  • horseshoe courts
  • volleyball courts
  • concession

Lifeguards are on duty year round. For information on shelter rentals, call 941-861-5000.
North Jetty Park Fishing
 

Surfers at Nokomis Beach 2002When there's a storm in the Gulf of Mexico, surfers come from the other side of Florida to surf the waves breaking on North Jetty Beach in Nokomis. The photo to the left is while tropical storm Isidore was churning in the Gulf pushing a lot of surf toward Venice and Nokomis.
 

Venice Beach
Venice Beach is located at the west end of Venice Avenue one mile west of business Route 41. If you're a SCUBA diver, a reef containing fossilized material is located a quarter of a mile offshore. You can also find fossilized sharks teeth along the beach.

  • The beach's amenities include:
  • pavilion
  • rest rooms
  • concession
  • picnic tables
  • volleyball court

Lifeguards are on duty year round.


Brohard Park
Brohard Park is located in the southern most part of the City of Venice, on the Venice Airport property on Harbor Drive.
If you enjoy fishing, there's a 740 foot fishing pier on the property for public use. The pier has rest rooms, a snack bar, and a bait shop.
Also located at the park is Sharky's Restaurant and the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center.
The wetland area is known for bird watching. There are no lifeguards on duty.

The Venice City Commission voted to allow dogs at South Brohard Park. There is a fenced area, a dune walkover, a drinking fountain and showers for dogs and fire hydrants and leash posts. A 300 foot section of beach is a dog beach for dogs and their owners. Dogs must be on leash or under voice control. Owners must clean up after their pets.


Caspersen Beach


Caspersen Beach is located south of the Venice Airport on Harbor Drive. Two thirds of the the beachfront has been left in its natural state, offering a very secluded location.
Caspersen is known as a great place for collecting shells. It's also the best beach for finding pre-historic sharks' teeth.

The beach's amenities include:
  • rest rooms
  • 1,100 foot boardwalk
  • picnic area
  • nature trail

There are no lifeguards on duty.


Manasota Beach


Manasota Beach is located at the west end of Manasota Beach Road. This is a small beach, (1,400 feet on the Gulf), offering a great place to collect shells, walk or relax.
On the Intracoastal side of the park a boat ramp and docking facilities are available. The 620 foot dock continues as a boardwalk winding through the mangroves.
The beach's amenities include:

  • rest rooms
  • boat ramp
  • large group picnic shelter
  • small picnic shelters

Lifeguards are on duty year round. For shelter rental information, call 941-861-5000.


Blind Pass Beach
Blind Pass Beach is located on Manasota Key Road one mile north of the Charlotte County line on Manasota Key. The beach is narrowed due to erosion and the proximity of Manasota Key Road.
There are 60 acres gulf to bay including 2,900 feet of gulf beach frontage.

The beach's amenities include:

  • rest rooms

No lifeguards are on duty.

At beaches where lifeguards are on duty you'll find information on water conditions and temperatures.
Be sure to pay attention to the flags flying and their color:
         Good swimming conditions.
Green
         Use caution
Yellow
         Dangerous swimming conditions
Red
         Hazardous Marine Life
Blue
Ordinances and Rules
The following are prohibited at any Sarasota County Beach
  • Pets (Except Brohard Park)
  • Glass containers 
  • Smoking (Except in parking lots and designated picnic shelters)
  • Boating (sailboats, windsurfers and personal watercraft) in designated swimming areas 
  • Alcohol at any beach in the City of Venice
  • Littering 
  • Crossing the vegetation except on walkovers 
  • Vehicles outside of parking lots 
  • Fires, except in grills, fireplaces, or barbecue pits designed for such fires
  • Games and sports outside of designated areas 
 
Florida Statutes Prohibit
  • Destruction or removal of dune vegetation 
  • Disturbing sea turtles or their nests 
  • Spear fishing within 200 feet of swimming areas 
  • Operation of boats in swimming areas 
  • Scuba or skin diving without flags

 

 
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