Friday April 9, 2021
From sizzling Siesta Beach to laid-back Longboat Key, Bradenton has some of the most impressive beaches in the U.S., and arguably, the world. Offering 35 miles of sunny, sandy paradise, area beaches are mostly formed by a series of barrier islands off the coast, creating calm, peaceful retreats ideal for active adults and families alike. But there is fun to be had, for sure. From waterfront tiki bars to world-class dining, life abounds at the beach!
All of Sarasota's beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun, building sand castles, and enjoying the water, but each has its own distinct vibe and attractions. And when you live in Aqua – our newest gated community consisting of single-family homes and a sparkling blue lagoon, you’re right by all these world class beaches. Grab your flip flops, put on your sunnies, and head out to the beach!
Best Beaches in Sarasota and Bradenton
Longboat Key is the northernmost barrier island off the coast of Sarasota and is known for its laid-back, unspoiled vibe. This is also home to a large population of sea turtles, who nest and lay their eggs on the sandy shores in the summers. If you’re looking for gorgeous Gulf views and local restaurants serving fresh-caught seafood, Longboat Key is for you.
Thanks to a layer of fossilized shark’s teeth deep beneath the water’s surface, Venice Beach is the self-proclaimed shark tooth capital of the world! Search long enough along the natural shoreline and you’re sure to collect a few. With hiking paths and boardwalks, a pavilion with cafe and shaded tables, and Sarasota’s only dog-friendly beach, there’s a lot to see and do at Venice Beach.
With a history rooted in casinos and 1960s Miss Florida pageants, Lido Beach retains that cosmopolitan vibe with modern, sophisticated establishments. Dine in style at St. Armands Circle, an upscale outdoor dining and shopping area with a European flair. Or follow a self-guided food walking tour to sample a bite from each of the best restaurants in the area. There are also restaurants and bars directly on the beach - and the only way to access them is on the sand!
Anna Maria Island
Anna Maria Island offers a taste of Old Florida charm that's become a rarity in the Sunshine State. From the unspoiled shoreline boasting pristine white sand and clear blue waters, you may spot dolphins playing in the distance or manatees enjoying a leisurely swim. Here, flip flops are the uniform and relaxation is the way of life.
The one that visitors rave about, Siesta Beach has been voted #1 Beach in the U.S. in 2020 by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards™, and has actually won this distinction several times! The secret? Powder fine, white sand that is 99% pure quartz crystals. The sand remains cool to the touch (an amazing feat during Florida summers), is soft and smooth, and is even said to have healing properties. Sitting on the glorious sand and inhaling the salty ocean air is a wonderfully calming experience, but for those who like to get their heart rates up, there’s plenty to do. Free yoga on the beach, parasailing, boat charters, weekly drum circle, and lively evening events will keep you busy from dusk until dawn.
Vacation Tip: Want to know what Siesta Key is like right now? Check out this live feed of the beach!
Sarasota and Bradenton beaches are some of the finest in the world, and attract millions of visitors a year, but you don't have to just visit them - you can make your home here, too. The living is easy, stress-free, and always exciting when you choose a brand new home in Aqua by Medallion Home. This gated community of spacious, 2 and 3-bedroom single-family homes is ideally located near the Sarasota Bay and Longboat Key. Enjoy world-class amenities including a four acre translucent, blue lagoon and tropical beach - perfect for swimming, kayaking, or lazing with family and friends in the Florida sun right in your own backyard. And those gorgeous beaches are just a short drive away.
Pack your bags, come enjoy the quintessential Florida life, and while you’re here, visit us at Aqua and learn how you can make Sarasota your permanent home. Call us today at 914-214-9857.