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Siesta Beach

Sarasota Florida

VOTED THE #1 BEACH IN THE U.S.A. Year after Year

Siesta Beach is one of the most beautiful, quiet and peaceful beaches you will ever visit. It’s a popular place for both tourists and residents to relax, swim, play in the surf, play volleyball, take a stroll or just gaze at the water. You’ll love the pristine white-sand beaches, the clear emerald water and the gorgeous sunsets. You’ll feel completely relaxed and at peace when you visit this place.

Siesta Beach, located on Siesta Key, Florida, a barrier island off the coast of Sarasota. This barrier island is about 7 miles long and 1 mile wide. Siesta Key Beach has been ranked as one of the Top 10 beaches in the world by TripAdvisor, Dr. Beach and other websites year after year. Siesta Beach is most famous for its silky white sand and emerald waters, miles of soft, sugar-sand beaches and some of the most luxurious resorts in the world. Stroll along the seashore, or take a ride on a bicycle or roller blades, for a truly relaxing day.
Siesta Key is also well-known for its family-friendly beach, where you can try water sports like parasailing, canoeing, or diving.

When you want to relax on a sandy beach with the sun warming your face while gentle waves lap against the shore, the name of the beach you should head to is Siesta Beach. Here’s a few reasons why.

Top Four Reasons Why
You'll Love Siesta Key Public Beach:

  • Siesta Key sand is pure white - Siesta Beach has the finest and the whitest sand found anywhere in Florida. But it's not just any ordinary sand... No, It is nearly 100% pure quartz crystals that are almost as fine and soft as powder. In fact the sand is so pure that it often squeaks when you walk on it. And because the sand is so white, it never gets hot, even under Florida's intense summer sun. And will also find there are also no piles of sharp, broken shells, so it always feels comfortable on bare feet.

  • Calm, clear, safe water for swimming - Siesta Beach is famous for its gently sloping beach. The water stays shallow a long way out and is almost always clear and very calm. This means you can see what you are stepping on and you won't get knocked down by big waves. While we all appreciate these qualities in a vacation beach, older folks and families with small children will feel especially comfortable here.

  • Long flat beach for walking - Do you like to take long walks on the beach? Siesta Key's Public Beaches are the best Gulf coast beach for long walks because the beach is so flat, and mainly because the sand is packed so firmly by the water's edge. Siesta Key's nearly three miles of white sand beaches are perfect for riding your bike on the beach, jogging, or even pushing a baby stroller.

  • All the amenities - Siesta's Public Beach facility has you covered. Our lifeguards and beach patrol are second to none. There is a full-service food and drink concession along with covered tables will make sure you get all the nourishment you need without having to leave the beach. And if you want to leave the beach for lunch but don't want to lose your parking spot, just call one of the open-air, free (tips only) electric taxis which serve the entire island. If you are mobility-challenged and need a little help getting across the sand, special beach wheelchairs are available that will easily get you down to the water's edge. Showers, restrooms, changing areas, volleyball nets, picnic tables, a children's playground; Siesta Key Public Beach has it all.

Siesta Public Beach Amenities Include:

. Public restrooms, snack bar & gift shop
. Showers and handicap ramps
. Picnic areas with & without roofs
. Picnic shelters & tables (8 - family size shelters)
. Gazebos (holds up to 60 people)
. Large shelter (holds up to 120 people)
. Free lighted public tennis courts
. Volleyball courts (on the beach)
. 20 station fitness trail
. Playground equipment
. Lifeguards on duty year round
. Handicap beach chairs/wheel chairs available
. First aid

Siesta Key Beach Facts

  • Geologically the sand on Siesta Beach originated in the Appalachian Mountains and flowed into the Gulf of Mexico millions of years ago, then moved down the coast to its present location.

  • It was recognized at the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" in 1987 for having the "whitest and finest sand in the world."

  • Siesta Beach originally contained 9-acres and approximately 1200 feet of Gulf frontage.

  • In the early 1970's, the county purchased additional acres to the south, increasing the beach size to about 101-acres.

  • The Beach Pavilion, originally designed by Tim Siebert from the Sarasota School of Architecture, was dedicated in the spring of 1960. This building was recognized for its use of low maintenance materials.

  • Siesta Beach is a National Healthy Beach, and is certified as a "Blue Wave" beach by the Clean Beaches Council.

  • Rated "One Of The Best Walking Beaches in the USA," by USA Today International Edition; and “The Best of the Best Sand” by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine.

  • In 2004 the Travel Channel named it "The Best Sand Beach in America" because of its 99% pure quartz sand that stays cool under your feet.

  • In 2011, Siesta Beach was rated as the #1 beach in the United States by "Dr. Beach", a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of Florida International University's highly respected Laboratory for Coastal Research.

  • Voted No. 2 in US on Dr. Beach's annual list 2016

  • VOTED #1 BEACH in the U.S. and No. 5 in the world by TripAdvisor 2017 and 2020

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Siesta Key Transportation

Siesta Key Breeze Trolley

The Siesta Key Breeze Trolley is a transportation service which is free for all riders. It operates seven days a week which makes getting around Siesta Key convenient. The Trolley route follows Ocean Boulevard to Beach Road and down Midnight Pass Road. You can hop on the Trolley at the Gazebo in Siesta Key Village or at any Trolley stop between the Villages, or just flag down the Trolley south of Stickney Point Road.

Trolley hours: Daily 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Download the Trolley app from the Google Play or App Store. Then you can see where the Trolley is and the approximate time it will arrive at your location.

Siesta Key Trolley Apple App
Siesta Key Trolley Google Play App

On Demand

Sarasota County also offers OnDemand service between the Key and the mainland (at both the north and south bridges) and from tip to tip of Siesta Key. OnDemand operates daily and charges $1.25 per person, per trip. You can visit the Sarasota County OnDemand webpage for more info, to review the Siesta Key zone map and to access the OnDemand app and their booking phone number.

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Siesta Beach SECRET and NOT SO SECRET Beach Access numbers and locations

These Siesta Key locations have beach access, a parking area and swimming
(unless otherwise notes).
No Lifeguards on duty at any of these "Access" Points! (#1 - #13)
Only Siesta Public Beach Has Lifeguards On Duty

  • Beach Access #1 - Shell Road. Siesta Drive, west to Higel, west on Shell Road - No Swimming. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #2 - Avenida Messina. Ocean Boulevard, west on Avenida Messina - No Swimming. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #3 -100 Beach Rd. (aka) Sunset/ The Piers. Road is blocked to car traffic. Must get there on foot. No Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #3B - 136 Beach Road - No Parking- NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #4 180 Beach Road- NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #5 - Ocean Boulevard. Ocean Boulevard and Beach Road Intersection. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #7 - Calle de la Siesta. Beach Road and Calle de la Siesta. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #8 - Plaza de las Palmas 1. Off of Beach Road, north of Siesta Beach. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #9 - Plaza de las Palmas 2. Also off of Beach Road, north of Siesta Beach. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #10 - Calle del Invierno. Beach Road, north of Siesta Beach. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #12 - Stickney Point Road. South on Midnight Pass Road, west on Stickney Point Road. NO Lifeguards

  • Beach Access #13 - Point O' Rocks. Midnight Pass Rd, south of Stickney Point Rd, west on Point of Rocks Rd. NO Lifeguards

  • Siesta Key Public Beach - 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key. Pavilion, Play ground, Ball fields, Tennis courts, Concessions, Picnicking

  • Turtle Beach Campground - 8862 Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key. 40 camp sites for both RVs and tents. Free Wi-Fi. Boat ramps, Canoe launch

  • Turtle Beach Park - Midnight Pass Rd, Siesta Key. Boat ramps, Fishing, Canoe/Kayak launch, Picnic area, Playground, Swimming

  • Palmer Point Beach - South end Siesta Key and the north end of Casey Key. Boating, Fishing, Swimming, No Facilities, NO Lifeguard

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