What to do in the Sarasota Area…
Siesta Beach: Located on Siesta Key, Siesta Beach’s reputation as the #1 beach in the USA is well deserved. But take note: finding a parking spot at Siesta Beach on a weekend in March may be challenging. Here are some still nice alternatives in case you find yourself driving endlessly around the parking lot…
Turtle Beach: At the south end of Siesta Key. Follow Midnight Pass Road to the left when you come over the bridge onto Siesta Key. Turtle Beach is about 2 miles down on the right.
Nokomis Beach: About 10 minutes south of Covenant Life Church. Head south on US41. Turn right on Albee Rd and follow that over the bridge onto Casey Key. The beach parking lot is straight ahead. Also, if you’re looking for a beautiful scenic drive, follow Casey Key Road north along the length of Casey Key and you will see beautiful homes and gorgeous gulf views.
Venice Beach: Located on Venice Island, this beach has plenty of parking and it is also a short walk from downtown Venice.
Lido Beach: This beautiful beach is a little farther north, just west of downtown Sarasota, and right next to famed St. Armand’s Circle. Lido present a unique opportunity to enjoy the beach and then explore the shops and restaurants right there.
**all the beaches are free and have free parking**
Other places of interest—
Manatee Viewing Center: Apollo Beach, FL. The beginning of March is a great opportunity to see the manatees as they gather in the warm waters around the power plant. The viewing center is free and a nice hour or 2 stop on your way or your way home along I-75 (about 45 minutes north of Sarasota).
St. Armand’s Circle: Located on Lido Key, this is a fun area with lots of shops and restaurants near downtown Sarasota and right next to Lido Beach.
Downtown Venice: There are lots of shops and restaurants along Venice Ave. There are some beautiful parks and fountains and it is a about a mile walk to Venice Beach.