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Casey Key

Casey Key

Casey KeyPristine Privacy

Primarily residential, this tranquil 8-mile sanctuary provides recreation both in and out of the water. Attracting families, surfers and anglers along unspoiled beaches, public access is primarily on the southern end of the Island.

Unlike many popular beach locations, Casey Key’s simplicity boasts little commercial development, with a small winding road, no high rises and no traffic lights. The majority of this lush location is a conservation district established by the Florida Legislature in the early 1970s.  Find your perfect beach escape on Casey Key.

 

Beaches of Casey Key

NOKOMIS BEACH

Just over the Albee Road Bridge is one of the most pristine and unspoiled beaches in the Sarasota area, in addition to being its oldest. Home to the Nokomis Beach Plaza, the park includes 1,700 feet of gorgeous white sand on the Gulf and 3,200 feet on the ICW in the expansive 22-acres. A hub of activity, and family-focused, you’ll find lots to do both in and out of the water. The beautifully restored Plaza offers space for events, restrooms, boardwalk, showers and more. There are picnic shelters, dune walkovers, a boat ramp and lifeguards on duty year-round.

 

NORTH JETTY PARK

On the southern tip of Casey Key, North Jetty Park is a great place for picnics, fishing, family gatherings, or just watching the array of boats headed toward the Gulf. The jetties are a favorite of surfers when the waves kick-up on Florida’s Gulf Coast.  A popular fishing location, anglers can stock-up on gear and bait at the nearby North Jetty Fish Camp. The 19-acre North Jetty Park offers volleyball and horseshoe courts, concessions, both large and small picnic shelters, restrooms and boat/kayak launch, with lifeguards on duty year-round.

 

NORTH JETTY FISH CAMP

The North Jetty Fish Camp is an iconic Casey Key landmark that has been serving visitors and locals since 1946. A recently renovated historic trolley car (originally built in St Louis in 1912) serves as the Camp’s grill with nearby picnic tables. Shop for snacks, bait and sundries, enjoy a sandwich or fish and chips, and maybe a cold beer while you watch the dolphin and manatee frolic.

 

A LOOK BACK

Casey Key boasts an intriguing history of Army Captain Charles Casey’s arrival on the island in 1849. Charged with moving the native inhabitants, Captain Casey also assisted with mapping the area and worked for years to complete the original coastal survey. Because of Captain Casey’s involvement, his name was the first to appear on the map associated with the inlet just south of the island.

Today’s Casey Key remains reminiscent of “Old Florida” because of the concerted efforts of the Casey Key residents and small business owners throughout the years.