Nestled between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, the barrier island of Siesta Key is just a short 12-minute drive away from Sarasota. Regarded as a highly desired residential and holiday destination for families, retirees, and all kinds of vacationers, most homes here have private boat docks and access to the beach, as well as lovely views of the bay, canals, or the Gulf of Mexico.
Various sources like the Travel Channel and Dr. Beach have ranked Siesta Beach as the “Best Beach in America,” mainly because of its most noteworthy feature, the white sand that is actually pure quartz ground into a fine powder. This white sand is so distinctive that in 1987 it was rated as the world’s finest, whitest sand in the Great International Sand Challenge.
In addition, Siesta Key has got all your shopping and dining needs covered with not one but two popular shopping districts, Siesta Key Village and Siesta South Shopping, which both offer a variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries.
The narrow barrier island of Longboat Key is an 11-mile strip of land that extends across Manatee County and Sarasota County and is a sought-after destination for vacationers and seasonal residents. Offering waterfront living at its finest, the homes here have private boat docks and provide magnificent views of the Gulf Coast.
Residents enjoy resort living and world-class amenities offered by the Resort at Longboat Key Club, with its two golf courses, tennis courts, and pristine beachfront. The Rufus P. Jordan House along Broadway Street that was built in 1920 and operated as the Mar Vista Restaurant during the 1980s has been designated as a historic site and included in the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.
Originally called Chaise’s Key then renamed Casey Key, this barrier island is considered as one of the more in demand residential communities in the area due to its location. Here you can enjoy privacy, seclusion, and a spectacular beachfront that runs the entire length of the island.
Casey Key is primarily residential, with a mix of beach cottages and sprawling estate properties. Homes towards the north side tend to be bigger and grander, while a few apartments and motels can be found towards the southern side. North Jetty Park, a popular spot for fishing, picnics, and viewing magnificent sunset views, is located at the southern end of Casey Key.
Developed by circus magnate John Ringling, this barrier island was intended to become the residential extension of nearby St. Armands Key and has remained a well-known vacation destination through the years. During the 1940s, Lido Key became the holiday playground of the rich and famous when the Lido Casino was built on the main beach area; the casino was demolished in 1969, and only the swimming pool was retained. Many high-end communities can be found in the Lido Beach area, like the Lido Towers, Orchid Beach Club, Ritz-Carlton Beach Residences, and more.
Lido Key’s beachfront runs the length of its western coastline and is roughly divided into three areas: to the north is North Lido Beach, which is more private and secluded; in the center is Lido Beach, considered as the main public beach; and to the south is South Lido Park, which offers picnic areas, grills, and nature trails. Just within walking distance from Lido Beach through John Ringling Boulevard is the popular shopping district of St. Armands Key, where you can find a variety of clothing shops, specialty boutiques, dining establishments, salons, and galleries.
An island in Sarasota Bay, south of the Ringling Causeway, between mainland Sarasota and St. Armands Key. Originally a small island connected to the Ringling Causeway by a tree-lined causeway of its own, it was the home of John Ringling North, nephew of Circus Magnate, John Ringling. Created by dredge and fill in the late 1950s, it is approximately 250 acres of one of the most prestigious residential areas on Florida’s West Coast. Originally called Bird Key because of the large population of birds that flock to the original island.