Siesta Key is located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just south of Longboat Key and Lido Key. Siesta Key is about five miles from Sarasota and an hour south of Tampa. Siesta Key is famous for its white quartz-sand beaches and clear warm waters. Its tropical nature preserves make it a haven for nature lovers and vacationers all over the world. The area is an upscale destination with a friendly beach town atmosphere and is the ideal destination for vacationers looking for a quiet tropical-island feel with a splash of culture. Siesta Key has three main beaches: Siesta Key Beach, Turtle Beach, and Crescent Beach.
Siesta Key Beach, located at the northern end of Siesta Key is less than a mile long but is the most popular beach in Siesta Key, known for having the best sand and facilities, including lifeguards. Siesta Key beach offers public parking, restrooms, picnic tables, concession stands, tennis courts, volleyball nets, and a public fitness trail. Crescent Beach is located in the middle of Siesta Key and stretches for two and a half miles. Crescent Beach has limited parking and does not have lifeguards or public facilities, but it is a beautiful beach and is the perfect place to spend the day relaxing if you want to get away from the crowds. On the southern end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. This beach has sand that is a bit courser than Siesta Key Beach and Crescent Beach. Turtle Beach is less crowded than Siesta Key Public Beach and offers plenty of free parking. It is a great beach for shelling and offers restrooms, boat launching, ramps, and picnic shelters.
If you need a break from the sun, Sarasota is just a few miles away and is considered the cultural center of Florida. Some favorite tourist destinations in Sarasota include the Longboat Key Center for the Arts, Asolo Theater, Sarasota Ballet and Opera, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, and the Florida West Coast Symphony.
On of the most famous attractions in Sarasota is the John Ringling Museum of Art. Anyone who has ever dreamed of running away to join “The Greatest Show On Earth” can relive those dreams at the Ringling Museum in Sarasota – it’s an experience for young and old alike, and will be a memorable highlight of your trip to Sarasota.
St. Armands Circle, located in Lido Key, is perhaps one of the most charming shopping areas in Florida. Featuring many of the areas “best of the best,” the Circle provides an unforgettable experience for visitors from all over the world with over 130 exclusive shops, galleries, exotic boutiques, sophisticated restaurants and nightlife.
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Siesta Key Village is the town center and is lined with great restaurants, outdoor cafes, shops, and bars. The Beach Club has been a hotspot of Siesta Key for over sixty years. Enjoy cocktails during their day long happy hours, outdoor seating, sports television, great food, and some of the best live entertainment in the Sarasota area. Ophelia’s on the Bay is a romantic spot beloved by locals and vacationers alike. Enjoy the candlelit atmosphere with views of Little Sarasota Bay while dining on a variety of food that features a blend of cuisines and influences mixing American, Asian, Italian and Floridian. View all Sarasota Area Restaurants »
Siesta Key has some of the best resorts on the Florida Gulf Coast featuring upscale amenities, privacy, and access to Siesta Key’s beautiful beaches. The Tropical Breeze Resort on Siesta Key offers an ideal location within walking distance of Siesta Key Village and the beach. The resort has three pools and a fitness center with bicycles, kayaks, and beach chairs and umbrellas available for rent.
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Whether you are planning your dream vacation, an amazing honeymoon, or just need a break from the day-to-day hustle, Siesta Key has much to offer. Enjoy the sun, sand, and beautiful waters. Watch a beautiful sunset on the Gulf of Mexico while dining on exquisite food and enjoying a drink (or two), and visit Sarasota and take in its many artistic and cultural attractions.