It can be difficult to have fun and enjoy yourself when you’re sweaty and hot. So what is a family to do when the thermostat declares the day to be over 95 degrees and the humidity is well over 60%? For Sarasotans, the answer is “Plenty!” And they all start with “B” ~ Beach, Bay and Boating!
Here you’ll find the first of three installments of “How to Have Fun in the Sun in Sarasota!” May you find this guide a cool pleasure to peruse as you plan out the last days before school begins.
Beach: Sarasota takes pride in having three of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The southernmost of them, Siesta Key Beach, literally wins in the Top Three Beaches in the World for the quality of the sugary, white sand every year ~ if you have not been to this pristine beach, make the travel dates today. The north end of Siesta Key boasts the World-Renowned Village where you can browse shops that include handmade jewelry from local craftsmen, incredible ice cream and chocolates, beach apparel for everyone in the family and, of course, local cuisine on many an open-air deck along the brick-lined street of Beach Road. Southern Siesta Key offers Turtle Beach, a shoreline of sand that is more casual and natural than the northern beach and, in the wee hours of the morning, is outstanding for finding huge shells fresh from the depths of the Gulf of Mexico.
The next beach north is Lido Key, followed quickly by Longboat Key; both are attached by St. Armand’s Circle, again a World-Renowned shopping experience that compares to venues found along Europe’s Mediterrean Coastline. Truly incredible shops that offer local, national and international wares from 5-figure watches to the best slice of pizza you’ve ever had for less than $3. Restaurants include all fares from the extraordinary Columbia Restaurant and their infamous 1905 Salad to the Blue Dolphin and their diner-style menu. Longboat Key is one of the most unique islands found in the area: a true homeowner’s delight complete with manicured lawns and fountained entrances yet for all the glamour, Longboat Key remains accessible to all with scenic estuaries offering shady paths through manroves on raised deck walkways, casual and formal dining on the water and, of course, Mote Marine.
Lido Key Beach is wonderfully expansive…views incomparable to any beach anywhere. Snow white sand drifting up against the sea oats and sea grape trees that line the coastal roadway that follows the curve of the Gulf of Mexico, and warm waters nearly year-round in which all visitors can refresh.
The sun is hot, that is certain, but there are so many incredible places to enjoy this waterside community and all it has to offer! Next installment…the Bayside!