Gulf side hands down! Best Beach: Siesta Key in Sarasota. They routinely win the best sand contest (bet you didn't know there was one) every year.Originally Posted by angelic_one2002;2149076;
The beach is wide, has many conveniences and the sand is like white talcum powder.
Lido Beach Also in Sarasota is good.
Then there is Madiera Beach in St. Petersburg
STay away from Ft. Myers beach. It's nasty, and the area to me is not at all nice like the other areas.
Sarasota has a LOT to do when you are not on the beach.
Have fun. Hope its nice and warm when you visit in Feb. That's one of those months where the weather can go both ways. My engagement party was in Feb 18 years ago and the RECORD low that night was 28 and the party was at a friends beach house in Sarasota. The next week, it was in the 80's.
But if you don't like the weather, wait a day or two as it changes quickly.