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Best Beaches in Sarasota | Sarasota Photographer

Best Beaches in Sarasota

As a Sarasota Photographer, we are in love with the cultural capital of Florida (Sarasota). 

There are many reasons to love Sarasota, FL. Sarasota is rich in history and cultural influence. The beaches are pristine and world renowned. 

Stunning sunsets & pristine beaches that truly inspire a Sarasota beach photographer.

Siesta Key 

Voted the world’s number one beach, Siesta Key is by far one of Florida’s most precious gems. As a Sarasota beach photographer, we love all that Siesta Key has to offer.

siesta key sunset photography by photographers in Sarasota

Siesta Key Sunset

Siesta Key is known for:

  • pure quartz sand
  • Crystal blue waters 
  • Wide, flat beaches 
  • Cool gulf breezes

However, there is one shining aspect of Siesta Key not often mentioned. Transportation and parking! 

Sure, parking is less glamorous than sprawling gulf beaches – but in Florida, convenient beach access is HUGE.

Access 5 and 8 were my favorites. 

Siesta Key has a free trolley and over 10 public access points with free parking. Which brings me to my next beach….

Point of Rocks or Crescent Beach

Touted as one of the best places for an early morning snorkel, Point of Rocks is certainly a uniquely stunning beach. 

siesta key point of rocks photography by a Sarasota beach photographer

Point of Rocks, Siesta Key

Only accessible from access points 12 or 13, you will need to do a bit of walking and possibly swimming to get to point of rocks. It is located on the other side of a sea wall. There is no parking at access 13, so taking the trolley would be convenient. 

We parked at the narrow lot of access 12 and headed to point of rocks on foot. It wasn’t an extremely long stroll but in the future I would get a ride to access 13

Crescent Beach is also lovely! As photographers in Sarasota, we love photographing west coast sunsets. Crescent beach is a great strip of beach to catch the sunset.

Lido Key

Lido Key is conveniently located right by St. Armand’s Circle – which is one of the best coastal shopping districts I have visited. It is small, charming and boasts fantastic views. 

As a Sarasota beach photographer, we enjoy getting a bite to eat at St. Armand’s Circle as well. Several tasty eateries!

lido key sunset photography by a sarasota photographer

Photo by Alejo Storni on Unsplash

Lido Key Nature Park makes Lido Key a more secluded gulf side escape. Located on the north end of Lido Key, is a little slice of secluded paradise. Watch shore birds and soak in the views of sandy dunes. 

Turtle Beach 

If you are looking for a more low key beach and less crowds, head to Turtle Beach. There are lots of amenities such as picnic tables and a park area for kids. 

Turtle Beach is perfect for a day at the beach with the family! As photographers in Sarasota with a child of our own, we love finding beaches that offer lots of amenities and a more laid back vibe. 

Nokomis Beaches

Just south of Sarasota, lies Casey Key. Nokomis beach is most notably recognized as the shark tooth capital of the world. 

I wasn’t lucky enough to find a shark tooth during our visits but I also wasn’t prepared. Be sure to bring a sifting tool and shovel. 

We enjoyed a vibrant gulf shore sunset here and it felt very peaceful. 

Sarasota has lots to do besides soaking up the sun. Check out some of our other tips about Sarasota. As a Sarasota Photographer, we enjoy exploring all that Florida has to offer! 

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