Nokomis Beach is located less than 30 minutes south of Sarasota on Casey Key, and is the next Key south of Siesta Key. Nokomis Beach is situated on The Gulf of Mexico and has a 900-foot white sand beach staffed with lifeguards year-round. At the southern tip of Nokomis Beach is the North Jetty Park with access to the Intracoastal Waterway, Dona Bay, Roberts Bay, Lyons Bay, Shakett Creek and the Gulf of Mexico, offering a variety of fishing, boating, kayaking, & jet skiing opportunities. Extending into the waters of the Gulf of Mexico is the long, narrow, rock-lined North Jetty. Fishing from the Jetty is very popular with locals and tourists alike. Anglers can catch a variety of species, including Snapper, Flounder, Tarpon, Mullet, and Snook. Additional species common to the area include Spanish Mackerel, Pompano and Cobia. Dolphins & Manatee often are sighted in the Bay and Intracoastal waters, off the east side of the park. A valid Florida fishing license is required to fish off the jetty which can be purchased at the North Jetty Fish Camp along with tackle, bait, snacks and other sundries on a cash-only basis. Fishermen should note that the jetty is completely exposed, offering no shade.
In addition to fishing, North Jetty Park includes a white sand beach staffed with lifeguards year-round a volleyball court, two horseshoe courts and a children’s play structure. There also are shaded picnic shelters and food at the North Jetty Fish Camp.
Nokomis Beach is also famous for it’s Drum Circle at sunset on Wednesday and Saturday. The festivities kick off 1 hour before sunset. Locals and visitors alike come out in the hundreds to watch and sometimes partake in the semi weekly ritual.