Camping near Sarasota

White-sand beach camping and sunsets over the Gulf await campers in Sarasota.

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Camping near Sarasota guide

Overview

Sarasota is a year-round destination for beaches, warm Gulf of Mexico waters, and all manners of boating, birding, and fishing. Its easily accessible sands offer swimming, snorkeling, and unforgettable sunsets, making it a great choice for anyone needing some serious R&R, whether you’re tent camping or heading to an RV park. But there’s more to Sarasota than its coastline—the inland parks and preserves also reward adventurers with hikes through pine forests and kayak routes through waterways shared with alligators and the Florida panther, not to mention all the mountain biking and horseback riding options, too. And it’s close to Bradenton and Tampa if you wish to extend your adventures further north.

Where to go

Sarasota Area

Lido Key is one of Sarasota’s best beach areas, with a sprawling public stretch of sand and the South Lido Key Beach Park, where campers can go kayaking or paddleboarding through mangrove tunnels to spot manatee. Boat rentals and fishing charters are available throughout the area for anglers looking to land snook, snapper, grouper, and sea trout.

Siesta Key

To the south, Siesta Key has eight miles of sandy beaches to explore, plus Sarasota County’s public Turtle Beach Campground on Siesta Key, home to a number of tent sites with picnic tables beneath the palms. RV sites also come with full hookups, 50-amp power, and free wifi for RVers with big rigs. Between May and October, loggerhead and green sea turtles come to this beach to nest.

Oscar Scherer State Park

Just 20 minutes from downtown toward VeniceOscar Scherer State Park is a critical wildlife preserve for species like scrub jay, bald eagles, and osprey. The park features an extensive trail system, a freshwater lake with boat launch, and a campground for both tent campsites and RV camping.

Myakka River State Park

Myakka River State Park is 37,000 acres of wild Florida pine forests, cypress domes, marshes, and prairie. Hit the hiking and mountain biking trails, or look out for the park’s biggest draw: its large population of American alligators. Get up close with a kayak rental or guided boat tour.

When to go

Sarasota’s winters are typically warm and mild, while summers are hot, humid, and rainy. Happy camping trips take place year-round, but summer visitors may want to opt for a pet-friendly cabin, an RV resort, or a campground with an air-conditioned clubhouse and good rain shelter. The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June through November, so campers planning trips along the Gulf Coast during this time should keep an eye on forecasts.

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