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Siesta Key

Siesta Key

America’s Best Beach

siesta keySiesta Key’s award-winning beaches are located just off Sarasota’s mainland between Robert’s Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The 8-mile span of international fame features Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach and Palmer Point Beach. Recognized by Florida Trend Magazine, Trip Advisor Reader’s Choice and “Dr. Beach,” Siesta Key is Florida’s most heralded beach destination. There are no cars and no dogs allowed on Siesta Key beaches.

Here, there is much more than stunning white sand Gulf beaches. Siesta Key offers activities for every member of the family. From parasailing and fishing, to snorkeling, annual festivals or just catching-up on your reading, there’s an option for a new adventure every day.

There are also some of the most incredible nature trails and wildlife viewing opportunities throughout the Island. A rich ecosystem and protected dune system plays host to valuable native wildlife. Beyond the abundant marine life, manatee and frolicking dolphins, Siesta Key boasts exotic flowers, magnificent banyan trees and preserved mangroves where wildlife seek refuge for their young.

You can get around easily to all that Siesta Key has to offer by hopping on the trolley, or call for one of the free shuttle services. Take a CLOSER LOOK at Siesta Key.

Not just for visitors, with miles of waterway, lush tropical foliage, along with spectacular beach and bay views, Siesta Key is the perfect place for a permanent or seasonal home. Find your paradise on Siesta Key.


Beaches of Siesta Key

Americas’s Number One Beach

Siesta Key Beach is recognized for its 99.9% quartz sand that arrives directly from the Appalachian Mountains. Regardless of the summer heat, the soft white sand remains cool to the touch. You can count on delightful days on the beach, as these shallow Gulf waters welcome swimmers of all ages and skill level. Whether it’s watersports, long strolls or stunning sunsets, Siesta Key Beach offers something for every beachgoer.  Enjoy numerous convenient access points, picnic pavilion, concessions and beach wheelchairs. Siesta’s Public Beach is comprised of 100 acres and offers lifeguards, beach patrol, showers and restrooms, playground and parking. Siesta Beach offers about 950 public parking spaces, that fill quickly.

2017 Number One Beach in the U.S. TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards
2015 Number One Beach in the U.S. TripAdvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards
2011 Number One Beach in the U.S. “Dr. Beach,” a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman

Local favorites include the Master Sand Sculptors and impressive creations of the Siesta Key Crystal Sand Sculpting Competition in mid-November, along with the unique Sunday Sunset Drum Circle.



A favorite of visitors and residents, Siesta Village is the place to “see and be seen,” while maintaining a welcoming family atmosphere. Boasting an array of shopping and dining options, boutiques, ice cream, salons and nightlife, Siesta Village hosts numerous festivals throughout the year, including the Annual Siesta Fiesta each April, along with a fabulous firework display on July 4th and holiday events in December.


Located on the southern end of the island, this expansive stretch of Gulf beach has been rated as one of the “Top 10 Beaches in the World” and is filled with all types of water activities. Crescent Beach’s clear water makes for great shelling and offers a perfect setting for kayaking. The area is active with coral and marine life, attracting divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Point of Rocks boast the best snorkeling on the west coast, where colorful sea life abounds among limestone rock formations.  Pack a picnic and prepare to enjoy manatee sightings, along with dramatic sunsets along this picturesque stretch of powdery white sand. There are two main access points and a small public access parking lot, with no lifeguards or amenities.



Turtle Beach offers an abundance of recreation and amenities for a full day of fun and sun with beach and bay access. From picnic areas and grills, to canoe and kayak launch, enjoy horseshoes and volleyball, a playground and restrooms. There are no lifeguards on duty and about 200 public parking spaces.

The prime place for kayaking is the Neville Wildlife Preserve, with the entrance behind Turtle Beach.



Boasting 30 acres on the southern tip of Siesta Key, this area is popular with those that like to stroll the shoreline, boaters and kayakers. Offering great trails, there is no public parking and no lifeguards on duty. Private and unspoiled, a protected dune system is very popular with resident gopher tortoises.