Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota

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    Siesta Key

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Apr 1, 2012

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    Siesta Key is one of a string of barrier islands, called keys, along Florida's west coast. Siesta Key is just a few miles south of Sarasota and only a quarter mile or so from the southern tip of Lido key, but there are no bridges directly between the two coastal islands. In fact, parts of the northern end of Siesta Key are within the city limits of Sarasota.

    Siesta Key is small, with just about 7,000 residents, and about 40% of those are over age 65, showing that this is certainly a retirement community. Despite the geriatric population, this is a spring break desitnation. Most of the islands restaurants and hotels are clustered near the beach along Ocean Drive at the northern end of the island. There is another cluster of hotels at the south end of the beach near the Stickney Point Bridge (State Route 72)

    The Siesta Key Beach was named America's best beach by the annaul Dr. Beach rankings in 2011.

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    Siesta Key beach

    by easterntrekker Updated Sep 24, 2008

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    The sand on this beach is like powdered sugar . Even on the hottest day its cool on your feet!! That is due to the fact that it is made up of 99% quartz.
    At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world." I didn't know that until I did the research but I'm not surprised!! Everyone who comes to Florida has to see this beach at least once.
    The water is shallow near the shore and there is always a lifeguard on duty making it a truly safe family beach.
    Its popular so get there early for a parking spot!!

    The beach's amenities include:
    rest rooms

    picnic tables

    tennis courts

    ball fields

    volleyball courts (on the beach)

    soccer field

    20 station fitness trail

    playground equipment

    Wheelchairs

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    • Family Travel
    • Beaches

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    Siesta Beach, Siesta Key

    by HumblyServingChrist Updated Jun 3, 2005

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    Siesta Beach, Siesta Key

    Situated southwest of Downtown is the island of Siesta Key. Siesta Key has often been recognized as one of the best beaches in the world mainly because of its very soft, fine, sugary-white sand. Siesta Beach is the island's main beach. Here, you'll find this famous sand, concessions, and a backdrop of mid-rise condos.

    Unfortunately, there had been a lot of rain prior to my visit, so much of the sand was damp (see photo) and the Gulf was a bit rougher than it typically would be. Consequently, there was also a lot of seaweed that had been churned up by several days of rain. Nevertheless, the beach was still pretty.

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  • Siesta Key Beach

    by Mynameislori Written Jan 13, 2004

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    This beach has fine, powdery, white sand, very soft for bare feet. Each time is a new experience....I usually walk at sunset, and have seen dophins in the surf a few times. Once in a great while there are sand dollars on the beach...and there are always pastel coquina shells.... it's like an artist's palette...all against a backdrop of the tropical colors of the sunset.

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    Siesta Key Beaches

    by radiominor Updated Aug 21, 2003

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    Siesta Key is a vibrant place where the white sandy beaches are inches away, and where the quaint Siesta Village offers a myriad of places to eat, shop and relax. Bring your sunscreen, your wallet/pocket book, and a smile. There is a great deal to do!

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    • Budget Travel
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