Palmer Point Beach

Palmer Point Beach is located on the south end of Siesta Key and offers a quiet beach atmosphere often frequented by sea turtles.

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Palmer Point Beach

The beach is open from 6 a.m. to sunset every day. Visitors from nearby Siesta Key Beach may venture this way for quiet waters and beach time. Boats and kayaks often come this way to explore the area. At the southern tip of Siesta Key and continuing onto the north end of Casey Key, Palmer Point Beach was once home to Mote Marine Laboratory. Pedestrians will enjoy the walk from Casey Key and around the soft sands. Boaters and kayakers can beach their boats here for some privacy. Nearby Turtle Beach is close enough to allow for visitors to come who seek quiet time away. Since there are no lifeguards on duty, it is up to visitors to check out water conditions and safety warnings before heading into the water.


Beach Location

  • 9399 Blind Pass Road
    Sarasota, FL 34242


  • 6 a.m. to sunset

Park GPS Coordinates

  • Lattidude: 27.207974633820594
  • Longitude: -82.51146327458041

Paddle Around Palmer Point Beach

Kayaks and paddleboards are great for this smaller, quieter corner of Siesta Key. Be sure to pick one up nearby at South Lido Nature Park or Turtle Beach Park. Guided tours can be scheduled or visitors can venture out on their own. Vendors meet paddlers on-site and equip them with all the supplies

Palmer Point Beach Wildlife

When venturing into Palmer Point Beach, it may seem remote but it is a great place to watch or experience interaction (from afar) with wildlife. Gopher Tortoises love to make a home here on the beach. The Gopher tortoise is protected by federal law under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). They can grow up to 15 inches long and weigh anywhere from eight to 15 pounds. They love to burrow in places (like the beach) for protection. Be on the watch for them and give them space by enjoying from afar. Other wildlife that attract visitors to Palmer Point Beach are birds, fish, and other marine animals that may be spotted while paddling around or bringing binoculars to see them out in the water.

Palmer Point Beach Attractions

To find interesting attractions around Palmer Point Beach, visitors can drive 30 minutes to Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. There people can take in jellyfish, great white sharks, African penguins and more animals. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens have 15 acres of preserved collections and plants to enjoy. The historical Sarasota Opera House offers performances for those wanting some arts and culture. St. Armand’s Circle is not far away with boutique shopping, local vendors, and restaurants or dining spots for everyone from families to travelers passing through.

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Dining near Palmer Point Beach

When visitors get hungry and want a bite to eat, they can grab a bite near Palmer Point Beach without walking more than ten minutes. Turtle Beach Grill offers a bar-restaurant with live music and a patio deck. Indoor seating is also available. Try some American Caribbean food at Turtles on the Little Sarasota Bay or visit fine dining options for a more romantic meal.

Palmer Point Beach Accommodations

Although there are not any beachside accommodations right on Palmer Point Beach, hotels and accommodations are within a 20-minute drive. The Resort at Longboat Key Club is one spot with a 4-star beachfront hotel and all the amenities. For a smaller place, check out Sandcastle Resort at Lido Beach or look for smaller vacation rentals in the area. There are plenty of options to choose from but they may be a little hike to the beach. Many offer transportation or speak with vendors about drop off and pick up options.


Palmer Point Beach FAQ

A: It is located on the south end of Siesta Key in Sarasota.

A: There is a lot to love about this more secluded beach spot. Quieter than surrounding beaches, it is home to gopher tortoises and a lively native coastal vegetation. Boaters love to travel here and walkers venture to the shore from the south end of Turtle Beach for a slower pace and beautiful scenery.

A: Visitors come for the fishing pier, hiking trails, and wildlife. Bird watchers come with binoculars in hand to take in the views. There is no parking available or facilities such as bathrooms. Nearby beaches have parking or street parking.

A: Families may enjoy the quieter atmosphere. There are no restrooms or picnic spots available. Further up Siesta Key there may be some spots available including better parking. Often visitors come to Palmer Beach by way of boat or even kayaks. Young explorers may enjoy seeing it from a quiet kayak trip into the natural habitat and spot turtles onshore.