Beaches Coastal Attractions – Lakewood Ranch
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Escape to the white sands and clear waters of some of the world’s best beaches

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.

Anna Maria

Anna Maria Island

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.

24 Miles from Lakewood Ranch

Lido Key

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.

15 Miles from Lakewood Ranch
Lido Key
Longboat Key

Longboat Key

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.

22 Miles from Lakewood Ranch

Siesta Key

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.

18 Miles from Lakewood Ranch
Siesta Key