You’ll find Siesta Key beaches situated on Florida’s famous Gulf Coast, acting as a barrier island between the lively city of Sarasota and the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Situated just an hour south of the attractions in Tampa, Siesta Key is an accessible vacation destination for travelers coming from all over the world – with many of them heading to this unique holiday hotspot because of the many dazzling Siesta Key beaches.
With breath-taking sunsets, nesting turtles, great surfing, white quartz sand and some of the most incredible coastal views in Florida, the Siesta Key beaches are an attraction in their own right. Heading for a beach vacation this summer? Check out the must-visit beaches on this charming island, and be sure to contact Tropical Breeze Resort today if you’re looking for the perfectly located Siesta Key hotel.
This world-famous, award-winning beach has consistently been recognized as one of the most beautiful stretches of beach on the planet. As recently as 2015, it was awarded the #1 US Beach award by TripAdvisor, and other awards include “The Best Beach in America” and “The Whitest and Finest Sand in the World.”
So what makes the sand at Siesta Beach so special? Many of the world’s other beaches are made up of sand that is essential pulverized coral – but Siesta Beach’s unique sand is made up of 99% quartz, directly from the Appalachian Mountains. The result is not only sand that is incredibly soft and beautiful – it’s also so reflective that it deflects heat away and remains soft underfoot, even on some of Florida’s hottest days. Experts say the sand here is millions of years old.
Siesta Key Beach was almost the setting for a famous film – Jaws 5 was filmed here in the late 1980s, but unfortunately was never released. Nevertheless, the pristine beach is a megastar in its own right!
When it comes to amenities and facilities, Siesta Key Beach offers plenty. You’ll find tennis and volleyball courts here, as well as a playground area which is shaded for little ones. Concession stands are situated all around, so you’ll always be able to find an ice-cold drink or a tasty bite. Siesta Beach also boasts year-round lifeguard protection, and is walking distance from Siesta Key Village and Tropical Breeze Resort hotel rooms..
Each beach has some parking, but the only way to guarantee that you won’t have to wait for a spot or circle a few times before finding a place to park is to book a stay at the Tropical Breeze Resort where you can easily walk to the beach. Siesta Beach offers around 950 parking spaces – that may sound like plenty, but they sure fill up fast! If you’re on foot, there are numerous public access points to the beach, and the beach is just a short walk from most of the attractions in the area. Great beachfront hotels like Tropical Breeze Resort line this beach, so if you’re seeking accommodations with an unparalleled ocean view, ask us!
Turtle Beach is situated on the southern tip of Siesta Key, and has a reputation for being popular with a more active, sporty crowd. Here, as well as the traditional playgrounds and picnic areas, you’ll find volleyball courts, a horseshoe pit and a boat launch area. Fishing is permitting here (as long as you have a license), and the sand that is deposited here carries far more shells than the other beaches in Siesta Key. If you’re lucky, you might even find a shark’s tooth to take home as an unforgettable souvenir of your trip!
Of course, the name “Turtle Beach” wasn’t bestowed for no reason. During turtle nesting season, turtles head to the beach in their dozens, finding appropriate nesting places and seeking a partner. If you visit at the right time of year, you may be lucky enough to see some hatchlings wandering around the beach as they become accustomed to their new surroundings!
Crescent Beach is the ideal destination if you’re looking for a beach just as beautiful as Siesta Beach, but without the crowds. With just one public access road, this beach is almost guaranteed to be a little quieter, without compromising on the incredible views and beautiful sunsets.
The southern tip of Crescent Beach is particular interesting. Here you’ll find Point of Rocks – a unique area where vibrant coral formations and marine life in all the colors of the rainbow are present. Diving and snorkeling is very popular here, as tourists descend underwater to get a special glimpse of this sub-aquatic world.
Parking is fairly limited at Crescent Beach, but if you’re on foot, you can walk here with no problems. The beach has the same powdery white sand as Siesta Beach, but has been described as the ‘most private non-private beach in Sarasota’.