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Top 3 Sarasota Boating Destinations

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Top 3 Sarasota Boating Destinations

When it comes to enjoying a vacation, nothing says relaxation better than a day on the boat with friends and family, enjoying the cool breeze and the blue waters. Boating destinations are abundant throughout Sarasota at deciding when and where to toss your anchor can be a bit confusing. In order to make your choice a little easier to make, here's our top 3 Sarasota boating destinations that guarantee a great time!

Long Boat Key's “Beer Can Island” (Greer Island)

While the name may imply a place to party, “Beer Can Island” is actually a waterfront beach and boating park overlooking Sarasota Pass and the Gulf of Mexico. Created by tidal currents, Beer Can Island is located at the northern most point of the 11-mile long, Longboat Key. Free boat parking and ample fishing opportunities make Beer Can Island a favorite for locals. Only accessible by boat, this quiet stretch of island is the perfect location for a relaxing weekend, parties or just soaking up the sun.

Lido Key's City Island

Located just before the bridge to Longboat Key, at the northern most end of Lido Key Beach, is City Island, another favorite spot for Sarasota boaters. Drop the anchor and enjoy a day at City Island Park where you can indulge in recreational activities for all ages, including a full playground. Located directly across from the park is Mote Marine Aquarium, where you can further explore Sarasota's marine life up close and personal. For the fisherman in you, enjoy the fishing docks extending from the picnic areas located at City Island.

Siesta Key Beach

While not necessarily a boating destination, Siesta Key Beach just simply can't be ignored when looking for the ultimate Sarasota experience. Rated the nation's #1 beach, Siesta Key is home to tourists and locals year round. Venture to Siesta Key on a Sunday night and enjoy the rhythmical sounds of the “Drum Circle” and even join in on the fun. Take a look around Siesta Key Village and explore the many shops and exquisite dining locations for a day that you won't soon forget.

Whatever your idea of a vacation is, you can count on any of the Sarasota boating destinations above to provide entertainment and fun for the whole family. Here's to a relaxing weekend and as always, we'll see you on the water!

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