Gay Beach/Swimming Holes
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Sarasota and this stretch of the Gulf of Mexico has long been known as the "quieter" side of Florida, but don't let this fool you: There is more than enough excitement to be found or area beaches and at local bars and clubs. Sarasota's gay beach area at Lido Key is known throughout the Gulf Coast. With beautiful sand dunes lining North Lido County park, no one looking for a typical Florida beach experience will be disappointed. The gay and lesbian area in on the north end. From the lifeguard station, turn right (north) and walk 1/4 mile to the dunes nearest Longboat Key and New Pass. While this section of Sarasota County beaches was once clothing optional, it is no longer so. Nudists should beware of beach patrols serving stiff penalties to clothing-edict scofflaws.