Key /ki:/ noun :A low lying island or reef; specifically: any of the coral islets off the southern coast of Florida.
Siesta Key Beach is repeatedly voted the #1 beach in the United States, Siesta Key is an eight mile long, crescent shape barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, made up of four areas, Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach and Siesta Key Village. It’s located less than a mile from the hustle and bustle of Sarasota, Florida. The white sand on Siesta Key Beach is made up of 99% pure quartz, which makes it powder fine and cool on your toes, even under the blistering tropical sun. This beach has received many honors for its powder white sand and named one of the best walking beaches in the USA by USA Today International Edition.
Located on the south end of Siesta Key is Crescent Beach, the sand is coarser, and seashells can be found in abundance. The Point of Rocks sits at the southern tip of Crescent Beach, it’s made up of coral formations and rich in marine life. Last on the key is Turtle Beach, its coarse, dark sand is mixed with tons of shells, the best for shelling. Turtle Beach has a boat launch and fishing is permitted in the adjacent Blind Pass Lagoon.
Siesta Key Beach offers many activities, on the beach and in the Gulf. Parasailing, swimming, boat or jet ski rentals and deep sea fishing are just a few water activities available. The public beach has lifeguards, picnic areas, concessions, volleyball, and tennis courts. Every Sunday on the public beach, the community drum circle forms, just before sunset. It can be heard from all over the beach, truly a unique experience while enjoying a gorgeous Siesta Key sunset.
Recently, the public beach has expanded the parking area due to a large increase of visitors over the recent years. unfortunately, getting on and off the island can be very frustrating. There’s only one road, Midnight Pass, from the north end to the south end of Siesta Key and just two bridges connecting Siesta Key to Sarasota, the traffic can move slow, especially during peak seasons.
Siesta Key Village is located on the north end of the key, it’s filled with small boutiques, surf shops, restaurants, and bars. “The Village” has a quant, small town feel, the perfect place to hang out any time of day. Getting around The Village is easy and convenient, everything is in close proximity, perfect for strolling between shops or hopping from bar to bar. During peak times, there’s a free shuttle service that runs from The Village to Midnight Pass Road, just in case you don’t feel like driving. On the south end of the key, just steps from Crescent Beach, are more shops, restaurants, bars and boat rentals.
The Village offers an assortment of great eateries, with a range of flavors, including seafood, Italian, Mexican and Japanese. Start your morning at The Broken Egg, try one of their unique and delicious breakfast or lunch items, including biscuit beignets and sweet potato pancakes. Another Siesta Key gem is Anna’s Deli, serves lunch only, there’s one located on both ends of the Key, a local favorite. Casual, outdoor seating, two for one happy hours and live entertainment is the typical restaurant scene in The Village. The Siesta Key Oyster Bar, Daiquiri Deck and The Old Salty dog have been lunch and dinner staples of the area for many years. Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar, is the south ends favorite eatery, their award winning clam chowder is worth the visit. After dinner, The Village is the place for sweet treats, The Big Olaf Creamery makes their own waffle cones and Fudge, the sweet smell will make you drool. But, Sub Zero Ice Cream and Yogurt offers a unique make on ice cream. You pick the cream base, flavor and candy mix ins, they blast it with nitrogen and freeze it to a perfect creamy treat. But save room for Meaney’s Mini Donuts & Coffee House, the donuts are made fresh right before your eyes and served warm.
If you want to explore more around the key, rentals are available for land or sea. SK Marina has boats and jet skis available, Or, if you aren’t comfortable being the captain of the ship, they offer several kinds of boat tours, sunset excursions, dolphin and sea life tours or customize your own. Cruise around Sarasota’s beautiful bays and waterways where you are sure to see Mantees and dolphins playing in the waves. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters offers several different fishing charters, or rent a fishing rod and tackle equipment for an afternoon angling on the dock. Bike, scooter or two seater
Scoot coupe rentals from Siesta Sports Rental to explore the rest of the key. The Surf and souvenir shops are plentiful in The Village, The Beach Bizaar, Village Surf Shop and Siesta Tee’s offer a perfect mixture for souvenirs, surf apparel and beach necessities. For more beach apparel try Blvd Beachwear, Swim Shack and Island Cotton Company. Hurricane Rita’s Gifts and Sea Chantey sell unique and handmade gifts. Plus, many more shops and services on both ends of the key.
This is just some of the great reasons to make Siesta Key your favorite Florida Destination. There is something for everyone to enjoy, it’s a great family vacation, perfect for every age. Tell me your favorite Florida destination and sign up to receive more information and travel tips from a Practical Girls Guide. Thanks!