Idyllic barrier island with the #1 beach in the USA
Siesta Key is an idyllic barrier island located just off the coast of Sarasota between the glittering waters of Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. The island stretches for eight miles and offers some of the finest beaches in the United States. With pristine white sands leading to the turquoise waters of the Gulf, Siesta Key Beach has been repeatedly ranked by TripAdvisor as the #1 beach in the entire country. Other beaches in Siesta Key include the sea turtle nesting site of Turtle Beach. Siesta Village is the island’s main hub of activity with close to 100 shops, cafés, bars, and restaurants. Two bridges connect the Key to Sarasota, and the drive to Downtown Sarasota takes less than 15 minutes.
Siesta Key is a relaxed and romantic destination that appeals to all ages. It’s one of the most beautiful barrier islands off Florida’s Gulf Coast and is one of the easiest to access from the mainland. The shallow waters of its beaches are ideal for families with young children. The island is also a popular retirement destination. Siesta Village offers plenty of shopping, dining, and entertainment options.
Siesta Village features around 100 businesses with everything from laid-back cafés and seaside gift shops to elegant internationally-influenced restaurants. Bonjour French Café is a quaint spot serving sandwiches, crêpes, espresso, and the island’s best selection of breakfast eats. A Taste of Germany is a homey German café and bakery with delicious specialty liquor cakes available in 35 flavors. They also offer freshly-baked bread, pastries, and breakfast and lunch plates with bratwurst and other authentic Bavarian ingredients. The Hub Baja Grill uses the bountiful local seafood for flavorful favorites such as Baja fish tacos, mahi and tuna poke lettuce wraps, and beer-battered grouper bites. The Hub also has a great selection of tropical cocktails and outstanding margaritas. Daiquiri Deck sells signature frozen daiquiris alongside raw bar oysters on the half shell, blackened mahi bites, and tender Gulf shrimp in a sweet coconut batter dripping with Caribbean sauce. The Gallery exhibits the work of talented local artists and sells unique handicrafts, gifts, and clothing. Lots more shopping and dining options can be easily reached in St. Armands Circle in Sarasota.
Siesta Beach has been named the #1 beach in the United States. Its powdery quartz-crystal sand stretches out into shallow waters with soft waves that are ideal for wading in. Crescent Beach is another gorgeous soft sand stretch in the center of the island to the south of Siesta Beach. Turtle Beach is a more remote and less-crowded sandy stretch at the southern end of the island. The beach is named after the sea turtles that nest here every year. There are lots of amenities close to Turtle Beach, including a campground, a playground, volleyball and horseshoe courts, a boat ramp, and a kayak launch. Fishing is available at Turtle Beach Pier or on the many chartered fishing boats that regularly depart from Siesta Key, FL 34242.
Siesta Key is served by the Sarasota Public School District.