11 Best Beachfront Hotels In Sarasota, Florida - Updated 2024

Natália Cagnani
Natália Cagnani 
| 5 min read

Forget Miami Beach or Tampa. If you want to experience an unforgettable seaside vacation, then plan a trip to Sarasota, Florida. The city is on the southwestern coast of the United States, between Tampa Bay Area and Fort Myers. With nearly 40 mi (64.3 km) of shoreline, the region offers sandy beaches, high-end resorts, waterfront vacation rentals, and environmental amenities along the Gulf of Mexico. There are plenty of things to do and places to visit, including science museums, shopping malls, botanical gardens, and seafood restaurants. Whether you want to refresh at one of the best beach destinations around or enjoy the laid-back Gulf vibe, you’re on your way to getting an experience to remember. Check out our list of the best beachfront hotels in Sarasota, Florida.

We handpicked these listings carefully, considering (wherever possible) recent guest reviews, accommodation type, prices, availability of dates, decor, and location with easy access to beach. The image galleries get refreshed with the latest updates regularly. They were last updated on May 21, 2024.

1. The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota (from USD 299)

Life on the beach may not be part of your daily routine, but it can be your company during your vacation in Sarasota. Overlooking Sarasota Bay, The Ritz-Carlton is a luxurious beachfront property with the amenities of tropical beach resorts, including a private beach access, an outdoor pool, and a spa lounge. All rooms in this Sarasota, Florida, oceanfront hotel are spacious and feature a marble-trimmed bathroom and a private balcony with views of the bay or the city. While staying in the resort, you get to enjoy the exclusive Members Beach Club which offers a heated swimming pool and a hot tub. If you want to have fun in the sun, the white-sand beach of Lido Key is only 2.8 mi (4.5 km) away from the property.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota

Address: 1111 Ritz-Carlton Drive
2.88 km (1.8 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

2. The Westin Sarasota (from USD 156)

Nestled in central Sarasota, The Westin is in the heart of Sarasota and close to Bayfront Park. This Sarasota hotel with beach access boasts clean and lovely rooms with a flat-screen TV as well as a beachfront pool and spa center. It’s right on the way to Lido Key Beach, just a short drive of 10 minutes or 3.7 mi (5.9 km). To get there, you can ask for the Lido Beach shuttle or use the free bicycles available. Since this area is popular for snorkeling, you can also use snorkeling masks and fins for your beach time. If you enjoy kayaking, there is a special discount for guests.

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The Westin Sarasota

Address: 100 Marina View Drive
2.93 km (1.9 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Other beachfront accommodations

3. Hotel Indigo - Sarasota, an IHG Hotel (from USD 190)

Just 6 km (3.7 mi) away from Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport, Hotel Indigo is one of the best places to stay in Sarasota if you need a convenient way to access the nearest airport. It offers free airport transfer services to and from the property. The hotel’s on-site restaurant serves modern American cuisine complemented by a bar menu. One of the hotels with pools, this property also boasts a gym and an outdoor hot tub. Those who need fax and photocopying services can go to the 24-hour business center.

Finally, the hotel’s beachfront location is also close to several notable attractions, such as Art Center Sarasota, the Sarasota County Visitor Information Center and History Museum, and Bay Isles Shopping Center.

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voco Sarasota, an IHG Hotel

Wifi Available

Address: 1223 Boulevard of the Arts
3.27 km (2.1 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed Room service Meeting/banquet facilities Bar 24-HOUR FRONT DESK Fitness centre Non-smoking rooms

4. Lido Beach Resort (from USD 169)

Lido Beach Resort is a beachfront property right on Lido Key. If you enjoy more private moments, it offers 92 m (301 ft) of sands to put on the beach umbrella and relax while watching the sunset. It’s also one of Sarasota hotels with pools. It has an adults-only pool as well as a family pool. There are also three hot tubs and a fitness center. Stop by for a drink at Beachside Tiki Bar and explore the surroundings through the free shuttle services to St. Armands Circle.

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Lido Beach Resort - Sarasota

Address: 700 Ben Franklin Drive
2.64 km (1.7 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

5. Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach (from USD 111)

If you like trying something new, Lido Beach is the place for you. Enjoy a day on the kid-friendly beach, grab a bite to eat, go shopping, stroll around art galleries, and relax at Sandcastle Resort. Set on a 183-m (600-ft) private beach and within walking distance to St. Armands Circle (or through transfer service), this beach resort offers heated pools, a gym, and a volleyball court. If you want to get a nice tan and enjoy some beach games, Lido Key Beach is just 0.6 km (0.3 mi) from this hotel.

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Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach

Address: 1540 Ben Franklin Drive
3.33 km (2.1 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

6. Holiday Inn Sarasota Lido Beach (from USD 137)

One of the best Sarasota hotels on the beach, Holiday Inn is just across the street from the white sands of Lido Beach and within walking distance to St. Armands Circle. It’s a beachfront property that offers a rooftop restaurant for breakfast and dinner with ocean views. Between one meal and another, grab poolside cocktails at Kokonuts Lounge and Tiki Bar and enjoy them from the sun loungers. Also, enjoy the stunning views around while taking a dip in the outdoor pool. Before or after swimming, take some time to exercise in the modern fitness center on the premises.

The property is set 10 km from John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, 10 km from The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art and 14 km from Sarasota International Convention Center.

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Holiday Inn Sarasota-Lido Beach at the Beach

Address: 233 Benjamin Franklin Drive
2.12 km (1.4 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

7. Sunsetter on Sapphire Shores (from USD 151)

Sunsetter on Sapphire Shores is a beachfront home overlooking Sarasota Bay. It is a convenient choice for people who want to visit Siesta Key Public Beach that is only 6.4 mi (10.3 km) away. Other popular destinations near the property also include Longboat Key Beach and South Lido Beach.

It offers lots of property amenities such as free parking, a flat-screen TV, a sandcastle-shaped playground for kids, and many more. At Sunsetter, you have quick access to a wide range of beach activities such as snorkeling, diving, windsurfing, to name a few.

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Sunsetter on Sapphire Shores

Wifi Available

3.72 km (2.4 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Parking Pets allowed Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Fishing Babysitting/child services Laundry

8. Casa Limonada Boutique Motel

Casa Limonada Boutique Motel is only 200 m (256 ft) away from Lido Key Beach, which is great for watersports and 3.3 mi (5.4 km) from Siesta Key Public Beach. Whenever you want to have fun before or after going to the beach, you can play table tennis on site. While in your room, get some fresh air on the balcony or prepare your cup of joe using the coffee machine. When you’re not enjoying the motel’s amazing facilities, you can also enjoy a lazy afternoon on the beautiful beach.

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Casa Limonada Boutique Motel

9.5 User Rating Wifi Available

Address: 138 Garfield Drive
2.53 km (1.6 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium

Parking Golf course (within 3 km) Garden Terrace Non-smoking rooms Laundry Facilities for disabled guests Family rooms

9. Gulf Beach Resort Motel (from USD 105)

Gulf Beach Resort Motel might be your beachfront retreat while enjoying sunny days in Sarasota. Siesta Key Public Beach requires a short drive as it is located 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from the property. If you’re a beach lover, some rooms offer sea views that you can appreciate with a cup of coffee every morning. Besides the ocean and the white sand, take some time to enjoy the outdoor swimming pool offered by this beach motel.

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10. Rustic house for family gatherings (from USD 597)

If you’re looking for an entire house on the beach, this rental could be your home away from home. Rustic House is only three blocks away from St. Armands Circle and within walking distance to the beach from your backyard. It’s the perfect location for your beach getaway, feeling the sea breeze and leaving all the worries behind. Beach essentials are available such as chairs, towels, blankets, an umbrella, and snorkeling gear. This beach paradise keeps the rustic appeal yet also brings modern conveniences, including wifi and laundry facilities, to make your stay comfortable. Parking for guests is free. 

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
1.69 km (1.1 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
16 reviews   Wifi Available
ENTIRE HOME 5 Beds 8 Guests 4 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 8

Top guest reviews
if any issues came up the host was very responsive
great location perfect to family scape
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11. Beachfront rental in the heart of Sarasota

Lido Key offers one of the best locations for a beach vacation in Sarasota. Walkable locations from the property include St. Armands Circle and areas that offer kayak tours. The emerald-green water and white sand of Lido Key Beach are only 100 steps away. From your balcony, enjoy sunset and beach views while sipping hot chocolate. This rental has beach items provided, including beach chairs, beach towels, and blankets to make things a little easier for you. Besides, you will find a public pool and a snack pavilion with food, beer, and wine.

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Sarasota, Florida, United States
2.44 km (1.6 mi) from Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
71 reviews   Superhost Wifi Available
ENTIRE RENTAL UNIT 2 Beds 4 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
the king bed was very comfortable and pullout couch was perfect for our son
we needed help with the air conditioning and he got it taken care of right away
the bathroom had a fantastic shower and great amenities
that couch and bed are super comfy some of the best on airbnb great place
the king-sized bed was very comfortable and the condo was blissfully quiet at night
clean and modern space
very clean private and quite place
super clean
the condo was clean and well maintained
condo was very clean and updated
adam was a great host
adam was a great host
adam is a great host
adam was extremely responsive with any questions
adam was a great host—easy check and fast to reply to any questions
nice location good safe neighborhood easy walking distance to beach
great location with short walk to beach and 8 min
loved the close access to beach
absolute perfect location
perfect location and really nice space
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Discover Florida's hidden pearl

Sarasota is the pearl of the Sunshine State with white-sand beaches, sunny weather, and a variety of watersports opportunities. It also provides plenty of beach events and amazing accommodation options. Start your days by the sea or spend your afternoons in the shopping districts. Leave any worries behind while relaxing in one of the 10 best beachfront hotels in Sarasota, Florida.

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Natalia, known as Naty, is a freelance writer, travel enthusiast, and photography lover residing in Brazil. She finds equal delight in Japanese culture, K-pop music, writing, traveling, and...Read more

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