Osprey & Nokomis Beach Guide

Beaches in Osprey, Nokomis and Casey Key

While you can see the beaches in Osprey from Casey Key Road, unless you come by boat, there are no public beach accesses to it.
Nokomis Beach
Nokomis Beach is located on Casey Key directly west of the Albee Road Bridge.
The park includes 22 acres with 1,700 feet on the Gulf and 3,200 feet on the Intracoastal.
There is a partially covered large pavilion available for rent for parties including a classroom indoors. For information on shelter rentals, call 941-861-5000.
 
The beach's amenities include:

  • Small picnic shelters
  • Boat ramp
  • Boardwalk and deck
  • Concession stand
  • Dune walkovers
  • Parking
  • Passive recreation area
  • Pavilion
  • Picnicking
  • Rest rooms
  • Small picnic shelters
  • Swimming
One of the many picnic shelters near the main concession building on Nokomis Beach. Grills are provided by Sarasota County, otherwise grills are not allowed to be used anywhere else on the beach.
 
North Jetty Beach

North Jetty Park is located on the southern tip of Casey Key. The jetties there make it one of the best places on the west coast of Florida for surfing. It's a popular spot for picnics and there is good fishing. Boats pass through the jetties from the Intracoastal to the Gulf. Lifeguards are on duty year round.

The beach's amenities include:

With the nearby boat ramp offering free boat launching, North Jetty Park is also a great place to watch the boats that go in and out of the jetties, that are a major pass from the Intracoastal to the Gulf of Mexico.

When there's a storm in the Gulf of Mexico, surfers come from the popular surfing beaches on the east coast of Florida to surf the waves breaking on North Jetty Beach in Nokomis. This photo is of a surfer at North Jetty Beach while Hurricane Ike was churning in the Gulf in September 2008 and pushing a lot of surf toward Sarasota, providing great surfing waves at Nokomis beaches.
Things to Remember!

At beaches where lifeguards are on duty you'll find information on water conditions and temperatures.
Be sure to pay attention to the flags flying and their color:

Good swimming conditions.
Green

Use caution
Yellow

Dangerous swimming conditions
Red

Beach is closed to swimming
Double Red

Hazardous Marine Life
Purple

Be careful with any food you have on the beach or at the concession area. Do not leave your food unattended. Gulls have very little fear of people and will swoop down from behind you and knock that burger or fries out of your hand.

All Sarasota County beaches are designated as non-smoking. Smoking is allowed in designated picnic areas, parking lots and at the pavilion on Lido Beach. Look for the sign on the left and other cigarette disposal containers that post non-smoking areas.