Beaches & Coastal Attractions
Powder-soft sands and bright blue waters bring people from miles around to relax on nearby beaches. Take a day to enjoy the nationally ranked Siesta Key or our other award-winning beaches. The opportunities for fun in the sun are endless.
Known for its fine, white sand, Siesta Key is a must-see when visiting or living in Lakewood Ranch. Three beaches make up the 8-mile stretch, and each offers something different. Siesta Beach has shallow water and lifeguards on duty year-round, making it perfect for families. Crescent Beach is much quieter and provides seclusion—ideal for watching a sunset or snorkeling and diving. And Turtle Beach is perfect for sports enthusiasts ready to play volleyball, boat and fish.
Just west of Sarasota is Lido Key, a scenic beach known for its ecotourism and beautiful sunsets, deep sea fishing and sailing. It’s the perfect place for an afternoon in the sun or early morning stroll. Then spend the evening at the world-famous St. Armand’s Circle, known for its chic boutiques and fine dining.
Escape to the stunning sands and beautiful blue water of our nearby beaches.
Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island has been preserved in the style of old Florida with family-owned restaurants and a refreshing absence of high-rise condos. Explore the seven miles of white sand and sparkling turquoise waters that compose the eight beaches of the “Island in the Sun.”
Twelve miles of beaches divided between two counties make up Longboat Key. Although most of the properties are privately owned, there are plenty of opportunities to spend a relaxing day on the tranquil shores. Waterfront golf courses, tennis courts, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and more rank Longboat Key as a top destination.