Blessed with the world’s finest, whitest sand and featuring America’s #1 ranked beach, SIESTA BEACH… Siesta Key is an eight mile barrier island graced with two more beaches, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach… as well as exotic flowers, magnificent banyan trees and preserved mangrove shores where ibis, snowy egrets and herons claim refuge for their young.
Siesta Key is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just an hour south of Tampa. Part of prestigious Sarasota County, Siesta Key is only a bridge away from the “epicenter” of Florida’s Culture, Sarasota.
Featuring 99% quartz, Siesta Key is proud of its sand. Siesta Key even won an award from the International Sand Contest in 1987 for having the best overall sand anywhere! That means that Siesta Key has the best sand in the WORLD! Even the Travel Channel agrees. In 2004, the Travel Channel’s Best Beaches in America show featured Siesta Key as the Best Sand Beach…on the planet!
With limited parking, along Beach Road, expansive Crescent Beach has been rated as one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World”. Smack-dab- in the center of Crescent Beach is… the “public beach” known as Siesta Beach where Dr. Steve Leatherman, a.k.a. “Dr. Beach” awarded it… The #1 Ranking… above all other beaches in the U.S…. including Hawaii! Even Florida Trend Magazine has named Siesta Beach “The Best Beach” in the State of Florida!
If vacationing on Siesta Key in early November, you could see some pretty unusual sand formations. Not your typical sand castles but, World-Class… sand sculptures. You’ll see the best of the best…as Sand Sculpture Artists the world over, gather on Siesta Beach to work their magic at the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest.
South of Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach continues. Beach access can be found along Midnight Pass Road all the way to the Point-of-Rocks. Are you a snorkeler? Point of Rocks happens to have the best snorkeling on the west coast, where colorful sea life abounds among limestone rock formations.
At the southern-most tip of Siesta Key, discover Turtle Beach, where walking the beach, collecting shells and surfing are popular. There’s even a lagoon to launch a kayak or boat for fishing or a relaxing day in the Gulf of Mexico. Campers and recreational vehicles are allowed to set up only steps from Turtle Beach’s sandy shore at the publicly-owned campground.
Approximately 1000 species of fish can be found in the Gulf, bays, lakes, rivers and streams. You can go deep-sea trolling, drift fishing, surfcasting, bridge fishing or wading the grass flats. Non-residents need a fishing license unless you’re younger than 16 or on a boat charter. There are minimum lengths, limits and closed season restrictions. Licenses are available at the Sarasota County Courthouse or at local bait shops and sporting goods stores.
Other recreational opportunities include rollerblading, bicycling, Golf and Tennis. For spectator sports, Sarasota’s baseball is the main attraction. The Baltimore Orioles arrive mid February through March for their annual spring training. And let’s not forget Siesta Beach’s Drum Circle. Every Sunday, about one hour before sunset a group of musicians beat out a rhythm to the final rays of the day between lifeguard stands 3 and 4.
Siesta Key is not only a tourist destination, it is also a prime residential area. With miles of canals, lush tropical foliage and spectacular beach and bay views, Siesta Key is the perfect place for a permanent or seasonal home. Check the Siesta Key Real Estate listings and Siesta Key Retirement Living section for personal, professional assistance.
In case you forgot your bathing suit, need a souvenir or are just in the mood to browse, you’ll find a wonderful selection of boutiques as well as excellent dining on Siesta Key.
Siesta Key accommodations range from the simplicity of a hotel to the convenience of a week-long (or more) rental. From cozy, beach-side cottages outfitted with the basics to posh condominium complexes complete with every amenity imaginable, there’s an option for all visitors and budgets. Of course, no matter where you choose to stay, Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach or Turtle Beach are just a short walk away.
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Out of the way, out of the ordinary and easily accessible! Come to Sarasota’s Siesta Key and be dazzled by its enchanting beaches featuring THE BEST BEACH in America….Siesta Beach!