Sarasota is known for a lot of things including its vibrant arts scene and great shopping, but its beautiful beaches are the first to come to mind. Whether you're planning spring break or a summer day trip, check out Sarosata's beautiful beaches and see what all the hype is about.

Siesta Key Beach

Long recognized as one the best beaches in the country, Siesta Key Beach boasts turquoise waters, warm sun, and sugar fine, quartz-white sand. This beach gives you the best of both worlds with its natural beauty and outdoor dining and shopping, which are just steps away.

Englewood Beach

Located in South Sarasota, Englewood Beach is uncrowded and wide, making it perfect for a day of relaxation or adventure. For Shark Week fans, nearby Blind Pass Beach Park is an excellent place to find shark teeth or seashells. What really sets Englewood apart from other Sarasota beaches is its abundance of wildlife, and you can take eco tours out of Lemon Bay to see dolphins, manatees, and an array of shorebirds. Blake Tours offers Dolphin Eco Tours to Stump Pass that last about an hour and half for $30 a person.

Lido Key

Lido Key combines cosmopolitan life with seaside paradise with it’s pristine beaches, beautiful gulf waters, and close proximity to St. Armands Circle Shops, a stunning outdoor shopping and dining area with European influence. Don't care for shopping? The nearby South Lido Park and Nature Center is the perfect place to take in the great outdoors whether you want to walk or kayak through the center to admire Florida's wildlife.

Turtle Beach Park and Campground

Obviously, Turtle Beach has its name because its a turtle nesting habitat and one of the quieter beaches in Siesta Key. With a canoe and kayak launch, playground, volleyball court, and picnic facilities, there’s plenty things to do at this beach. Haven’t had your fill of beach fun at sunset? Luckily, the Turtle Beach Campground site is adjacent to the beach. Surrounded by trees, Sarasota's premier beachfront camping site features 39 RV and tent sites and provides full hookup and utility pedestals for each campsite. The free open-air trolley also takes you into Siesta Village for restaurants, sightseeing, and more!

Already wanting to go to the beach? Bookmark this list of Sarasota's beautiful beaches and make sure you visit at least one.

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