Coating the pristine coastline of Sarasota County are a slew of mesmerizing islands that attract thousands of new tourists and home buyers each and every year. These islands (also known ad keys) are filled with tropical bars, restaurants, boutique shops, quaint neighborhoods and much more.

Siesta Key

This slice of paradise is one of the most popular places in the United States. Siesta Key is a not only a local neighborhood, but also a glamorous  shopping destination—not to mention a nightlife spot. Did I mention it is also home to the country’s #1 beach, as judged by the famous “Dr. Beach,” Trip Advisor and others. Siesta Key has everything you can imagine. Hence why it is the most talked about spot in all of Sarasota County. If you’re new to the area and you haven’t familiarized yourself with Siesta Key, we'd recommend planning a trip.

Anna Maria

Anna Maria Island may be one of the most overlooked gems in the entire state of Florida. The stretch of paradise encompasses three islands—Bradenton Beach, Holmes Beach and Anna Maria--spanning seven miles of gorgeous coastline. The natural beauty coexists with man made attractions—shops, bars, museums, marinas and much more. Anna Maria Island itself is considered a hidden gem and a local hot spot for fishing and boating. The island is starting to put on more events that has attracted families from all over the state.


While this Venice is not quite the Venice you've heard about across the pond, it is in fact named after the Venice in Italy for its many waterways and gorgeous historic downtown and Spanish influence. It has a quaint downtown shopping and dining area right on the strip. It even has an enormous bike trail starting there that goes all the way up to Sarasota. Not only does Venice have one of the best baseball and football high school programs in the state, but it has one of the most quiet and charming areas in all of Southwest Florida. This area is projected to be one of the fastest growing areas in Florida through 2021.

St. Armands, Lido, & Longboat

St. Armand's Circle may quite possibly have everything you can think of when you think of “weekend.” This giant luxurious round-a-bout is glistening in shops, restaurants, bars, boutique stores and hidden gems within. Not only is this a tourist attraction, but a perfect weekend spot for locals to unwind, do some shopping, have some dinner, and enjoy the beach just down the road. The beach itself is quite the piece of paradise needed after a long week.

Posted by Andree Huffine, Sarasota Realtor on
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