Due to budgeting constraints, many of us are not able to go offshore to our favorite Island Beach for vacation this year. So, I am inviting you to visit Florida beaches, some are only a car drive away from your favorite couch. Today's Stop: Florida's Cultural Coast
This spot in Florida includes the coastal communities & islands in SW Florida which extend from Sarasota to Bradenton. Coastal areas in Sarasota and Manatee Counties are considered part of the Cultural Coast. Points in
between include Ana Maria Island, Siesta Key, Longboat Key, Lido Key and a variety of small beach communities.

One of Florida’s primary Gulf Coast cities, Sarasota offers visitors an eclectic blend of culture and fine dining, circus thrills and pristine beaches, and a wide array of shopping opportunities. The Ringling Museum of Art pays homage to the Ringlings, the family behind America’s most famous circus. Tour Ca' d'Zan Mansion, 56-room Venetian Gothic palace and the Ringlings' old family home & visit St. Armand's Circle.
Laid-back and natural, Anna Maria Island is only 20 minutes from Bradenton. A seven-mile strip of beautiful white-sand beaches line this barrier island between the turquoise Gulf of Mexico and peninsular Florida. Also found here, at the southern mouth of Tampa Bay, are the cities of Bradenton Beach, and Holmes Beach. Come visit – you well might feel as though you have journeyed back in time to 'Ole Florida.
A short drive from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key sits adjacent to the glittering Gulf of Mexico and its Siesta Public Beach has been named one of the nation’s best. This quaint yet quirky eight-mile-long island offers three wonderful beaches, one-of-a-kind shopping, resorts, dining and nightlife. Known for its brilliant quartz sand, turquoise waters and many beachside amenities, Siesta Key is a must-visit Island paradise. It's a romantic getaway for lovers, a family vacation destination and a playground for active sports enthusiasts. 

We have enjoyed Anna Maria Island and Siesta Key for many years and in my opinion they have the best beaches in Florida. Click on the links to learn more.
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