Sarasota Cay Club

7150 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, Florida, 34243, United States

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Gently shelving beaches

by carolinwidnes

Hi can anyone help please. We are looking to stay around the Sarasota area (or even a bit further down) of Florida and want to know which beach is gently shelving - ideal for kids and non-swimmers? Also which month would be the best out of May and November? We visited Sand Key near Clearwater last November and had lovely air temps but the sea was cold and grey looking.

RE: Gently shelving beaches

by tropicdiver

Fort Myers Beach is one of the safest beaches around. You can walk out a long ways before the water even starts to get deep. From May thru October, tho, you will have to learn the stingray shuffle, as that is when stingrays are out and the last thing you'd want to do is step on one. This is a problem that just isn't on Fort Myers Beach, also.

RE: Gently shelving beaches

by pontifax

You can walk out quite a bit on Lido Key in Sarasota. Do keep an eye for the stingrays as the other guy said. Check with the lifeguards where ever you end up beaching it for tides, currents and marine dangers.
Lido is the longest stretch of beach in Sarasota unless you consider the interesting possibility of walking down south Siesta to Casey Key - a very local thing to do but you should ask around first on just how exactly to do this.
With a family do the Lido thing and stay by the lifeguards so the kids will stay safe.
You will love Lido. Lot's of shells too. The water is a perfect emerald and there is very little surf or undertow except when the storms hit. There is also lot's of parking, even in the summer except on weekends and holidays.

RE: RE: Gently shelving beaches

by tropicdiver

It's me, the "other guy", again. ;-)

There are no lifeguards on Ft. Myers Beach because the waters are so shallow, FWIW. You'd really have to go out a long ways (even a kid) to get out over your head.

RE: RE: Gently shelving beaches

by sunofabeach

I totally - LIDO KEY is wonderful. Very nice beaches, St. Armands square close by as well as nice restaurants in Longboat Key. Be sure to check out Ringling Museum and Mote Marina!!!

RE: Gently shelving beaches

by vhasouth

We just got back from the Sarasota area. Their best beach by far was Siesta Key. It is a public beach, so there are life guards and it was absolutely beautiful. Try looking at their web site

Have a great trip!!

RE: Gently shelving beaches

by superduper99

We had a fabulous time at Siesta Key beach in May. Lovely. It does get quite busy but, for us, people watching was part of the fun! Kids loved the sand and sea - saw loads of diving pelicans and dolphins twice.

Travel Tips for Sarasota

Whilst driving around St...

by buzzz

Whilst driving around St Armand's Circle and the beach road the speed limit is about 15 or 20 mph and if a pedestrian steps out on the road you must politely give way. That took some getting used to.

Myakka River State Park....

by probation

Myakka River State Park. Located on State Road 72-14 miles east of US 41. The park features a 29,000 acre wildlife Park With one hour tours on the 'Myakka Queen',the worlds largest enclosed airboat. The boat travels the tea colored waters of Upper Myakka Lake.
WARNING-While boating you will see many alligators,some up to twelve feet in length.
Be sure to visit the Wilderness Area. Untouched by time,this areas low hanging oaks drip with Spanish moss. Wild turkeys,deer,bobcats,otters,sandhill cranes and other wildlife call this home.

Old School Eattery

by sarahjayn about The Hob Nob

The Hob Nob is open every day for breakfast and lunch. The best thing about this place is not the food - its the locals who love it (and come every, single day) and the atmosphere. The decor harkens back to the 1950s and the "dining area" is a series of outdoor picnic tables that are shaded by a metal awning. My ex-boyfriend used to get steak and eggs - runny - here. Yuck-City! He seemed to like them, though. I always got hashbrowns and a diet coke. The best thing to do, though, is to talk to the locals. They tell some great stories.

ringling museum

by doug48

john ringling made his fortune with a traveling circus and later in real estate and railroad ventures. in 1926 he comissioned architect dwight james baum of new york to design a museum to house his huge european art collection. this huge building today houses over 600 paintings from european masters from 1500 to 1750 and numerious sculptures. along with the art museum there are two circus museums and the historic asolo theatre. you can easily spend a day visiting the ringling mansion and museums. see the attached web site for admission and times.

mabel ringling rose garden

by doug48

the mabel ringling rose garden is once of several gardens located on 65 acre ringling estate. this 27,225 square foot garden was planted by mable ringling in 1913. today this traditional italian circle garden has over 1,200 varities of roses.


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