A short drive from downtown Sarasota, is the enchanting barrier island of Siesta Key sits adjacent to the glittering Gulf of Mexico and its Siesta Public Beach has been named the nation’s best — twice. This quaint yet quirky 8-mile-long island offers shopping, resorts, dining and nightlife. Known for its brilliant quartz sand, turquoise waters and many beachside amenities, Siesta Key is a must-visit island paradise. Siesta Key is a romantic getaway for lovers, a family vacation destination and a playground for active sports enthusiasts. Siesta Key Village is the laid-back beach town that goes above and beyond.
Right nearby in Sarasota, you’ll find museums, art, wildlife, circuses, opera, ballet, symphonies, theater, film festivals, botanical gardens, baseball spring training… the list goes on. Siesta Beach, near the shops and cafes of Siesta Key Village, has shallow waters, a playground and tennis courts. Crescent Beach offers access to Point of Rocks, limestone outcroppings that surround tidal pools and coral reefs. To the south, Turtle Beach has boat ramps and picnic areas.