Casey Key, Florida, USA

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Casey Key, Florida, USA

Casey Key vacation rentals

Casey Key–a barrier island of hidden treasures

Set on a long, narrow island, with Sarasota Bay to the east and the Gulf of Mexico to the west, Casey Key is unique. It’s smack in the middle of one of the most popular travel destinations in the country, Florida’s west coast, but it’s still unknown to many travelers. Your Casey Key vacation rental will likely have a private feel, with fishing and surf spots that are more popular with locals in-the-know than with out-of-towners. With bustling Sarasota just 16 miles away, visitors to Casey Key have the best of both worlds. Aren’t you smart?

Location, location, location is key on Casey Key

Most Casey Key vacation rentals are concentrated on the southern end of the island, and it’s the ideal place to have your home base. Two beaches, Nokomis and North Jetty Park, are open to the public, and they’re both in the south. Nokomis Beach is a sure-fire winner for groups, couples, and families alike, with its boat-launching ramp, boardwalk, and picnic area. It also has a snack bar, the only dining establishment on the island. See what we mean about unique? North Jetty Park beach, meanwhile, offers some of the best surfing and fishing in the state.

History lessons and butterfly kisses minutes from Casey Key

Part of the charm of Casey Key is that there’s so little distraction from your seriously dedicated beach time. You need to concentrate on your tan, after all. If you have a taste for something a little more cultural, however, Historic Spanish Point is just across Little Sarasota Bay from Casey Key’s north end. Families can explore this museum’s exhibit set inside the actual, prehistoric site of an archeological dig. Nature-lovers and photographers can wander the nature trails surrounding the property or spend an afternoon in the butterfly garden.

Ocean breezes are on the case in Casey Key

It’s hard to fault Casey Key’s near-perfect subtropical climate. In summer, temps hit the low 90s and humidity is high, but Gulf Coast breezes keep the moisture in the air from becoming overwhelming. Don’t forget your rain gear. Scattered thunderstorms show up often on summer afternoons and usually end by nightfall. In winter, the most you’ll need on a cold day is your favorite sweater. If you’re looking for off-season prices, try booking your Casey Key vacation rental in the summer months, when snowbirds vacate the area.

Casey Key conservation–from mangroves to manatees

One of Casey Key’s main attractions is its best-kept-secret status, but local flora and fauna have been hip to this hang-out all along. In fact, the Casey Key Conservation Act of 1970 made the island a marine and wildlife sanctuary, and the mangrove trees and wild sea oats provide a habitat for numerous species of native birds. Maybe you’d prefer to run into a sea turtle off shore, spot pods of dolphins swimming close to the beach, or take a peek at an endangered manatee. It’s all possible on Casey Key.