Siesta Key has a wonderful, laid-back feel to it. I only had a short visit here but I spent that time on the beach where, in October, the waters were wonderfully warm and the sand pristine and white. In fact, it was a good job I had my sunglasses with me because the reflection from the sand was very bright.
The beach is very clean and was not overly busy. What was really nice, is that the sand doesn't get too hot - so you can happily take your shoes (and socks) off and let it get in between your toes!! LOL!!!
Siesta Beach has won a number of awards including :
1987 - Great International White Sand Challenge
2004 - Best Sand Beach in America
Siesta Beach looks out onto the Gulf of Mexico and has a lovely shallow edge so you can paddling along to your heart's content; it also benefits from year-round lifeguard protection.
What is nice about the nightlife in Siesta Key is that all the bars are walking distance in Siesta Village. Many open air pubs with live reggae music streaming out. Very fun, but not out of control, this has a much more relaxed vibe compared to Miami Beach
A good way to kill a afternoon or evening is to stroll Siesta Village. This is about a 4 block radius, so an easy walk. Here you will find your standard surf shops, coffeehouses, restaurants with outdoor seating, open air bars built in that classic old school Florida style with wooden planks. Very safe and friendly with some old school Florida character
90% of the reason to go to Siesta Key is the beach. As I said, I cannot emphasize enough how soft and cool the white sands feel on your feet even during the hottest days. The public beach has about 800 parking spaces, so get there early.
If Siesta Beach is too full the ncheck out Turtle Beach, another beautiful beach here on Siesta Key. Lots of parking, clean water and beach, perfect. Turtle Beach is located near the south end of the island.
If you like shelling you will have good luck here. The beaches here are great to take a walk and pick up shells so bring a bag with you. if you have little ones this is a great way to keep them busy, bring several bags!
Siesta Beach is one of the most perfect beaches we have been to. The beautiful white sand is 99% pure quartz which not your normal crushed coral & shells or rock sand. It very soft, ground finer then sugar and people have said it never get hot. The waves are very calm, great for playing with the little ones. The water is a perfect temp, clean and clear, our kind of water and the sand is great for walks. Park is free but get there ealry because I have read that it fills up quick but there is plenty of parking at Turtle Beach.
We stumbled upon this wine shop in the Siesta Village last weekend and they have daily wine tastings of really different types of wines: like mango, pineapple, even carrot. It sounds like it wouldn't be good - but it really was - and I normally don't like fruity wines. We tried almost all their wines and ended up buying a case and having it shipped home. The shop is really cute too - the owner did a fantastic job of making it a 'tropical' wine store with all kinds of cool stuff to look at while your tasting your wines! If you want something different to do in Siesta Key... this is a must visit!
Crescent Beach is basically the same as the famous Siesta Public Beach. Crescent DOES NOT have the lifeguards or the public facilities. It is a smaller beach with limited parking, but if you want to get away from the crowds, this is the place!!
At the point on Crescent Beach is where we were told to go snorkeling, as you can see the surf was a little rough. Maybe next time!!
Turtle Beach is located approx. 5-7 miles south of Siesta Public Beach. It is a great beach for shelling. This beach has a greater slope than the other beaches. It is usually less crowded than the others as well. Facilities include: restrooms, boat launching ramps, picnic shelters & horseshoe pit.
The sand here is coarser than Siesta & Crescent.
On the edge of Crescent Beach is a place called "Point of Rocks". We were told that this is a wonderful place to snorkel. There's supposed to be a good variety of tropical fish. When we were there the surf was too rough to try snorkeling. But the water was so clear I couldn't resist this picture. Yes, there is 1 guy standing on the rocks fishing. I'm not sure how he was doing though!
While at Crescent Beach we saw this guy literally riding his bike as hard as he could into the surf. He would keep pedaling until he would fall off his bike, then he would get off, push the bike back to the sand, hop back on and do it again!!
Being a distinguished veteran of Miami Beach and Ft. Lauderdale Beach vacations, I was very suprised at the sealife on Siesta Key. Both the birds and fish are very abundant, When I was boating on the intercoastal it was not uncommon to see dolphins regularly, and the amount of fish swimming at your ankels when you wade on the Key sometimes reminded me of the deep tropics.... ahh, paradise in America!
One very cool thing about staying on Siesta Key is that you are only a short drive from downtown Sarasota, a city that in itself has a number of things to do and to see. From the soothing beach to the historic downtown of Sarasota, so much to do and see.... thats what I call a vacation!
The number one reason people stay here is for the gorgeous beach. It has the finest sand in the world due to a large amount of quartz just off the coastline, and that along with the soothing sound of the Gulf, it is great just to relax all day and work on your tan. When I lived here I took a large float out, a couple of beers, and just let stress solve itself.