Coined in 1952 by St. Petersburg, Florida, Mayor Samuel G. Johnson, the Florida Suncoast is a marketing name for the west-central Florida coastal area, also sometimes known as Florida’s Beach. The region contains miles of Gulf of Mexico beaches and many sunny days from early December through May.
- It begins in Tampa and stretches south along the gulf coast to Sarasota, Venice and Englewood. Including the Counties of Sarasota and Manatee.
The area has traditionally been associated with a large population of retirees—often called “snow birds” — from northern states who relocate to Florida during the winter months. Many are now becoming full-time residents. Here is a brief overview of some of the cities and towns along the beaches:
- is renowned for its cultural and environmental amenities, beaches, resorts, connections to the Ringling family, Amish community, and the Sarasota School of Architecture. Art shows are held often and the city boasts the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Symphony and myriad cultural organizations. The city is located at the southern end of the Tampa Bay Area, north of Venice.
- Ringling Home Ca’d’Zan & a Siesta Key beach
Official town limits include Sarasota Bay and several barrier islands between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, in 2013 Sarasota had a population of 53,326 now estimated around 60,000. Sarasota is the seat of Sarasota County.
The islands separating Sarasota Bay from the gulf near the city, known as keys, include Lido Key and Siesta Key, which are famous worldwide for the quality of their sandy beaches. The keys that are included in the boundary of Sarasota are Lido Key, St. Armands Key, Otter Key, Coon Key, Bird Key, and portions of Siesta Key. Previously, Siesta Key was named Sarasota Key. At one time, it and all of Longboat Key were considered part of Sarasota.
Casey Key Home
- has some of the most architecturally beautiful, prestigious, waterfont and beach homes for sale in all of Sarasota County. This Florida key, lies between Little Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, just a few miles south of Sarasota and is just north of and abuts Venice. Eight miles long and only 300 yards across in some areas, Casey Key is the epitome of upscale Florida living – surrounded by water.
Celebrities identified as living or having lived on Casey Key include: Oprah Winfrey, Stephen King & Rosie O’Donnell. And at the north end of the key is The Casey Key Fish House. A wonderful tiki bar and restaurant featuring fresh seafood and cocktails served right on the water in a casual atmosphere.
Whether you prefer boating, swimming, fishing or simply revelling in amazing sunsets – when you buy a waterfront home on Casey Key, you’ll be able to do so right from your own yard.
- offers beautiful beach condos and waterfront homes for sale on the Suncoast Bay or southwest coast of Florida. Not as busy or crowded as Sarasota, it contains prestigious tennis, golf and retirement communities; friendly family neighborhoods; and exquisite investment real estate in Sarasota County. 20 minutes north to Sarasota and about 1 hour to Tampa.
Choose Venice Island with its wonderful – quaint and walkable downtown area with fabulous restaurants and shops, Venice Mainland or nearby Florida communities to discover a wonderful array of homes and condos for sale offering a relaxed and recreational Florida lifestyle. And don’t forget Casperson Beach if you want to find the fabled Venice “sharks’ teeth.”
Stump Pass Grill
- is so lovely that two counties – Charlotte and Sarasota along Florida’s Gulf Coast – insist on sharing in its beauty. Englewood’s uncrowded beach is pure and wide and has excellent facilities. Just south, you’ll find Blind Pass Park, a fantastic place for shelling and finding sharks’ teeth. Plenty of golf is available in the area, and the birding is great.
You can try parasailing, rent a boat or jetski. The area fishing also is outstanding and several companies will take you out on their boats. Absolutely embark on an eco-tour of Lemon Bay. You’ll almost certainly see dolphins, manatees, and all kinds of shorebirds and wildlife.
Palm Island and Boca Grande are nearby where you can really get a feel for “old Florida” with their pristine beaches and history.