The Ultimate Guide to Lifeguarded Beaches near Siesta Key

The emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico have long been a huge draw for people choosing their next vacation spot. The white sandy beaches don’t hurt either! Regardless of what you are in the market for, we are sure that you will find everything that you are looking for right here in Siesta Key!

The amazing Siesta Key vacation rentals that we are known for are usually enough to keep people coming back, but the ocean views and relaxing beaches might also play a bit of a role!

For many people choosing their next vacation spot, the ocean can be a big draw but can also cause a lot of fear and anxiety. This is mainly because of how the media has portrayed the ocean. Whether you’re watching Jaws or The Perfect Storm, many movies make the ocean out to be something very dangerous. While this can be true in some cases, you don’t need to be fearful at all. If the ocean is something that is causing you to worry, you can take comfort in knowing that Sarasota has plenty of lifeguarded beaches available to take the anxiety out of your trip. 


Benefits of Lifeguarded Beaches

Obviously, the biggest benefit of being on a lifeguarded beach is the added safety of having someone who is familiar with the ever-changing conditions of the weather and the ocean. We suggest understanding the various flag colors that may be flown. Red is a dangerous swim, yellow is lower risk, and green is safe. The only other flags you may see flown around Siesta Key beaches are purple flags that denote dangerous marine life in the area (although rare). Lifeguards tend to be on the scene from 10 a.m. until 6:45 p.m. for the summer months, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the white sand of Siesta Key and the emerald green surf!

Siesta Beach

One of our most popular beaches is Siesta Beach, located right in Siesta Key. The lifeguard stations are plentiful, and the beach itself has been ranked the #1 beach in America since 2011! There are plenty of shops lining the street near the beach, giving you something to do after you enjoy the day at the beach!

Lido Beach

Lido Beach is actually broken up into three beaches: North Beach, the Public Beach, and South Beach and Park. These beaches tend to be less crowded than the other beaches in Sarasota but have the same white sand you will find everywhere! On South Beach, you can find the Big Pass. which is the waterway channel between North Siesta Key and South Lido Key. However, being a fairly windy area, signs are posted to avoid swimming in the waterway, as the current can be quite strong.

two children on the beach

Nokomis Beach Park

Nokomis Beach is Sarasota’s oldest public beach, and there is plenty to do here. With boat launches, canoe launches, piers, and playgrounds, this is a very interactive beach and will be sure to be a hit with the family!

North Jetty Park

North Jetty Park is a great place if you are looking for amazing surfing conditions. Not only that, but that place is a popular area for fishing, with the changing tides and currents bringing fish through the waterway of all types and sizes! They also have some amazing restaurants and concession areas around the park, making this an ideal place to spend the day!

Other Beaches (Without Lifeguards)

There are also many other beaches around Sarasota, such as Turtle Beach and Crescent Beach. Both beaches offer differing types of conditions but have unique aspects to each of them. However, it is important to note that these two beaches are not lifeguarded, so everything is at your own risk! But don’t let that stop you from seeking them out!

Hopefully, we have eased your mind if you were ever worried about your beach experience. We have customer service reps standing by to help you book your next Siesta Key condo rental; you just need to contact us today to get started!

Contact Us

Peppertree Bay Association
6056 Midnight Pass Road
Sarasota, Florida USA 34242

T 941.349.7777
F 941.346.0371


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