Just a short drive from Lakewood Ranch awaits the powder-soft sands and bright blue waters of the Gulf Coast. The Sarasota coastline attracts travelers from near and far to relax on the warm beaches. Sarasota waterways and the Gulf coast are ideal for paddleboarding, parasailing, boating and fishing. Take a day to enjoy the nationally-ranked Siesta Key or our other barrier islands.
Explore the seven miles of white sand and sparkling turquoise waters that compose the beaches of the “Island in the Sun.”
Anna Maria Island has been preserved in the style of old Florida with family-owned restaurants and a refreshing absence of high-rise condos.
Blessed with history, hospitality and spirit, Bradenton Beach is located at the south end of Anna Maria Island, just north of Longboat Key.
With ample parking and a concession stand, it’s the perfect spot to sink your toes into the sand and drift on the gentle gulf waves. Afterwards, stop at Bridget Street where you’ll ﬁnd shops, restaurants, and entertainment.
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 an early morning stroll. Then spend the evening at the world-famous St. Armand’s Circle, known for its chic boutiques and fine dining.
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.
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.