This year, it is the second year in a row that a beach on the west coast of Florida was named the most beautiful beach in the world. People that have been there will know why. Florida’s west coast beaches are amazing. I got the chance to visit Sarasota beach in the summer of 2011 and it was and still is the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Here are some reasons why I love Sarasota beach.
White sand and lukewarm water
The whiter the sand, the more tropical a beach looks to me. Keep in mind that I’m from the Netherlands, where the sand is much darker and the sea water is always very cold. In the Netherlands, the sea water is about 15ºC/59ºF in the summer. Don’t get me wrong, I love Dutch beaches, but they’re just not tropical. So the ultimate beach holiday feeling for me is seeing a white beach with palm trees. And to my surprise, the water wasn’t cold either (30ºC/86ºF), so it was very nice to swim in the sea.
There is a lot of wildlife at Sarasota beach. Many kinds of birds fly around, amongst others pelicans. There are also many species in the water. We saw some seaturtle nests on the beach and every now and then, if you looked at the sea, you could see dolphins jumping out of the water.
Because Sarasota beach is a beach on the west coast, you can see the sun set in the sea. I personally love sunsets and looking at the sunset on the beach every night was a nice experience. It made for beautiful pictures and nice evening strolls.
The Ringling museum
If you are the type of person that can’t lay on a beach the whole day without getting bored, there’s a great museum near Sarasota: the Ringling museum. There are lots of famous artworks to see here, amongst others a few paintings by Rubens.
The weather is predictable
True, it wasn’t sunny 24/7 in Sarasota. There were a few thunderstorms. But at least they were predictable. If they came, they always came in the late afternoon and you could see the dark clouds coming from far away. The good thing about a thunderstorm every now and then: it doesn’t get too muggy.
So if you’re still looking for a destination for your beach holiday this summer, look into the west coast of Florida!