Suncoast Beaches, FL - Anna Maria Island, Bradenton, Longboat Key, Sarasota, Lido Key, Siesta Key & Venice - Vacation Travel Guide

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Out and About on the Suncoast

The Florida climate offers year-round opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. With an air temperature average of 74 degrees, the waters are still warm enough to play in towards the late fall and early spring. Even in the winter, it’s typically nice enough to be outside enjoying a round of golf, biking, or maybe just walking the beach in search of seashells. Whenever you arrive, there are countless options for outdoor fun in the sun—both on land and in the water!


Not too many places in the continental United States are known for remarkable snorkeling opportunities, but the keys surrounding Sarasota are definitely wonderful places to try the sport. Snorkeling in the clear waters of the gulf is a rewarding experience, and the Kathleen D Sailing Catamarans can take you to prime locations. With their half-day packages, families can set sail to go swim with fish and other sea creatures. Kayaking and shelling are also part of this activity-filled deal.

Paddle Sports

It’s also possible to get some exercise while having a ton of fun on the water with Sarasota Bay Kayak Tours with Sarasota Bay Explorers. Nature lovers can take a guided kayak tour around the keys and through mangroves where they will have the opportunity to see wildlife up close. Or, work on your core strength and maintain your balance by paddleboarding over the gentle waves.


Those who love exploring behind the handlebars of a bicycle will most certainly enjoy the bike paths that have been constructed throughout the region. The Legacy Trail spans approximately 11 miles and covers a vast section of the Florida Suncoast. Begin your biking journey at Palmer Ranch in Sarasota and follow the old train tracks that once served the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus—now paved for easy biking and walking—down to Venice. Along the way there are rest facilities, areas to park your car, and of course, watering holes to fill up your eco-friendly water bottle. If you are traveling in from afar, bicycles and even surreys are available for rent. I Bike Sarasota even deliver bikes to you! In the near future, the Legacy Trail expects to expand an extra 9 miles north to Payne Park so that those in the northern reaches of Sarasota can enjoy the bike ride.

Hiking and Exploring Nature

There are many natural areas that are definitely worth exploring in this region. Just a few miles east of Sarasota is one of the state’s oldest parks: Myakka River State Park. Here, nearly 40 miles of paths await the avid hiker along the river where you’ll see (but please don’t disturb) interesting wildlife including unique birds like the roseate spoonbill or blue heron, alligators, raccoons, and countless other species. If you would rather see the park from another viewpoint, the canopy tour is a fantastic experience. From the tree line, view eagle nests and vultures or peer down on the gorgeous scenery below. Book a seat with Myakka Wildlife Tours to go on the “world’s largest” airboat to see the park from the water.

Beach Time!

And finally, for pure relaxation at its best, just head to the beach! Stick your toes in the sand, open a good book and relax while listening to the soothing sounds of the lapping water. In addition to bikes and watersports equipment including SUPs and kayaks, businesses such as Siesta Key Bike & Kayak rent beach chairs, umbrellas and specialty items like beach wheelchairs and strollers to make your stay on the beach more comfortable.

So go outside and relax on the beach, paddle through mangroves, or take a leisurely hike along some nature trails. There is always something to keep you entertained on the Gulf Coast.

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