Sarasota is a town that encompasses a hundred personalities. Whether you’re interested in examining local plants from a nature trail, hunting for shark’s teeth, dining al fresco or trying your hand at paragliding or wakeboarding, Sarasota has a beach for every type of vacationer. With award-winning cuisine, stellar museums, a thriving cultural background that includes its own opera and several playhouses, and even a style of architecture named after it, Sarasota is a destination for every traveler. Beachfront Sarasota condos for rent are in generous supply, so finding a place to stay beside the sand and sea is no problem.

Sarasota condo rentals in Lido Key

When you rent a condo at Lido Key, you’ll be getting more than just a beachside vacation; you’ll also be staying in an unusual piece of American history. This little barrier island is where circus magnate John Ringling decided to build St. Armands Circle, a grand community he envisioned filling with the wealthy and powerful. Although the Great Depression pushed the pause button on Ringling’s plans, St. Armands Circle today is a premier shopping and dining destination with an unusual wheel design, scattered with art and sculpture and lively outdoor cafes. Your Lido Key condo is likely to have a private balcony and pool access, and depending on which side of the water you’re on, proximity to a dock.

Beach condo rentals in Siesta Key

You don’t need to fly out to the Caribbean for that laid-back beachy feeling—simply head to Siesta Beach, one of 3 beaches on the 8-mile barrier island of Siesta Key. Within moments of sinking your feet into sand so white and soft you’ll think it’s powdered sugar, you’ll forget every deadline you ever had. Many condos here offer beach access, private pools, and sandy-vacation necessities such as outdoor showers. You can stroll over in your coverup and flipflops for a grouper sandwich at one of the cafes in Siesta Key Village, or join a group doing yoga on the beach. There are drum circles, live music at the beach bars, and hours of browsing in funky boutiques.

Sarasota condos for rent in Longboat Key

For a truly elegant vacation destination on the beach, opt for a beachside condo rental in Longboat Key, the northernmost of Sarasota’s barrier islands. With manicured golf courses, lush landscaping, and discreetly luxurious condo buildings, you’ll understand why many of the world’s top corporate CEOs (and even a president or two) have stayed here. Renting a condo on Longboat Key will put you right on 12 miles of peaceful shoreline, though you may have to share that with hundreds of adorable nesting and hatching sea turtles, depending on when you visit. Amenities here can range from heated beachside pools and putting ranges to shuffleboard courts and daily maid service.

Sarasota condos in Casey Key

Far from the madding crowd, Casey Key’s 15 shorefront miles are mostly conservation land, where boaters and kayakers can closely examine the unique mangrove ecosystems that anchor the sandy barrier islands here. Some condos here will have a dock, and it’s fun to take a boat tour of Casey Key and check out some of the more opulent mansions rubbing shoulders with traditional beach cottages. You may even catch sight of international celebrities who call this island home. At Nokomis Beach, Sarasota County’s oldest public beach, you can enjoy unobstructed Gulf of Mexico views, long peaceful walks on the beach, and a meal or snack at the concessions stand.

Beachfront Sarasota condo rentals in Venice

At the southern tip of Sarasota County, you’ll find Venice Beach, a peaceful stretch of sand at the end of a mellow street where you can grab an ice cream cone and magazine, and mosey down to the water’s edge to catch the sunset. Colorful lifeguard booths are Instagram-worthy, and you can engage in the local pastime of hunting for shark’s teeth. Renting a beachside condo here will put you close to stunning 1920s architecture and charming restaurants. You can find simple single-story villa-type condos within blocks of the beach and high-rises with balconies overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Staying here also means you’ll be just a few minutes from Caspersen Beach's nature trails and boardwalks, and Brohard Paw Park's dog-friendly beach.