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BEACHY KEEN: Our favorite local beaches

June 8th, 2021 • 4 min read
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Favorite Florida beaches are only a short drive from North River Ranch

The beaches in Florida are one of a kind! That’s just one of the reasons why we love it here. There are some fantastic spots only a short drive from North River Ranch to enjoy soothing breezes, beautiful coastal views, refreshing waters, and unsurpassed Florida sunsets. Life doesn’t get much better than this! Here are some of our favorite local beaches. Which one is your favorite?


This beautiful island has a ton of incredible beaches to enjoy. Manatee Public Beach, and Holmes Beach, have everything you could ever want in a beach: changing cabanas, grills, picnic tables, volleyball, showers with foot wash, and lots more. Historic Bean Point is a peaceful and pristine beach spot to relax, soak up the sun, and watch the local birds. It’s a little bit of a hike to get there but, it’s worth it. Coquina Beach is located on the southern side of the island and is yet another everything beach with lots of convenient features as well as incredibly scenic views. Bradenton Beach has the charming small-town feel for such an expansive beach. It’s near boutiques and lots of delicious dining as well. Located on the southwest side of Ana Maria Island, Cortez Beach is a peaceful beach surrounded by native grasses and gentle sand dunes. It’s a postcard come to life.


This beach is an all-around favorite for visitors and locals alike. At Lido Key, enjoy views of the water and the downtown Sarasota skyline. The atmosphere is smaller and more private to ensure a very serene experience. There are plenty of restaurants, stylish boutiques, and resorts to discover there as well. Lido Key Beach has the key to our hearts.


The great reviews continue! Siesta Key Beach was named #1 in the U.S. and #11 in the world in the 2020 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice™ awards. Walking on the sand here is like “walking on a cloud.” There’s plenty of parking at this large beach, volleyball nets, and kid’s playgrounds so it makes it easy for families. There are also shops and dining here, perfect for romantic afternoons or date nights.

Just a quick jaunt over the Sunshine Skyway Bridge into Pinellas County and you’ll find more of the area’s best beaches.


Looking for a beach to rave about? How about one with rave reviews?! Fort DeSoto Park Beach is one of the best family beaches in the United States. Parents Magazine named it as one of the 10 Best Beaches for Families. Unique to this beach are a canoe trail, nature trail, dog park, ferry service, two fishing piers, 7 miles of waterfront, lifeguards, and lots more. Take time to explore the Historic Fort, too!


A popular destination for locals and visitors alike, St. Pete Beach is a beautiful combination of natural splendor, historic architecture, and acclaimed museums. There’s a casual yet cosmopolitan feeling here that’s quite alluring. It’s the perfect place to make a day of it.


Right here at North River Ranch, you can also enjoy the Florida sun, nature, and waterful recreation. We’re the complete package. Relax poolside at the Brightwood Pavilion or Riverfield Verandah resort-inspired pools, or swim a few refreshing laps during the day. Active living is what life us all about here. We’re also about taking time to relax and connect to what’s important. At night, catch up with the neighbors by the glow of the firepit hang out and enjoy the stars in the night sky. This is the life you’ve always dreamt about. Live it here today!



About North River Ranch

North River Ranch is the flagship master-planned community for Neal Land & Neighborhoods, strategically positioned and carefully planned to evolve to meet the needs of tomorrow’s families and active adults. It’s a fresh approach to development in southwest Florida unlike anything in the market today.

About Neal Land & Neighborhoods

Neal Land & Neighborhoods is a Manatee and Sarasota, Florida-based community and master land planning and development organization led by John A. Neal. The company incorporates smart master-planning and public infrastructure solutions to create the next level of elite community planning in Southwest Florida. By working with carefully selected new home builders, Neal Land & Neighborhoods aims to establish thriving, sustainable, livable, and ecologically sensitive communities throughout Manatee, Sarasota, and Hillsborough counties. Neal Land & Neighborhoods currently owns or controls several thousand acres of land entitled for more than 9,000 future residential homes and the supporting mixed-use commercial and retail. For additional information, visit