Siesta Key is situated on Florida’s beautiful Gulf Coast, and acts as a gateway between Sarasota and the dazzling Gulf of Mexico. The barrier island is just an hour south of Tampa, with excellent transport links to local attractions, the highly rated and comfortable Siesta Key lodging at Tropical Breeze Resort, and a great array of things to do in Siesta Village and many other parts of the island.
Visting Siesta Key and looking for things to do? Guests will find plenty of attractions and destinations for everyone. Sun-seekers will be in their element, soaking up the rays on one of the island’s beautiful beaches. Those who desire an experience that will get their adrenaline pumping can make the most of plentiful watersports, while those looking for a more laid-back getaway can explore the various museums and cultural attractions that Siesta Key has to offer.
Siesta Key is home to a number of beaches, each one attracting a unique crowd. If you plan to spend your trip soaking up the sun, there’s no better beach than the beautiful Siesta Beach, with its dazzling white quartz sand and incredible views across the Gulf of Mexico right by some of the top hotels on the island including Tropical Breeze Resort. Turtle Beach offers a much more low-key destination – and if you visit during turtle nesting season, you might even get a glimpse of some hatchlings! Lido Beach, Longboat Key and Venice Beach are also favorites with tourists and locals alike.
Siesta Key is prime fishing territory and you’ll find many options near your Siesta Key lodging. Did you know there are more than 1,000 species of fish in the region’s lakes, streams and bays? The fishing tradition in Siesta Key is strong, and you’ll find a number of fishing piers and bridges to enjoy in Siesta Village. If you’re staying at the Tropical Breeze Resort hotel, you’ll be just a few minutes away from various fishing charter companies, ready to take you on an angling experience like no other. Alternatively, head down to Turtle Beach Pier for excellent fishing with sublime views – but make sure you and any children over the age of 16 have a relevant fishing license.
Siesta Village is home to a plethora of things to do including restaurants, bars, cafes and ice cream parlor. This popular area offers several restaurants serving Floridian favorites like the Key Lime Pie, as well as avant-garde international cuisine in Bonjour French Café, The Hub Baja Grill and A Taste of Germany, which offers – you guessed it! – authentic German food served with a smile. If you’re holidaying with friends, the Daiquiri Deck is a must-visit, and young kids will surely love Ciao Gelato, which serves up the most delicious Italian ice cream in Siesta Key. You’ll never be too far from a delicious restaurant, café or bar in Siesta Village!
If you’re staying at Tropical Breeze Resort hotel but want to see a little more of the island itself, why not take a rental out for a spin? There are plenty of fun transport options for you to choose from, including bicycles, kayaks and even Segways. The island is so small, you’re not likely to need a rental car or other vehicles – it’s easier to marvel at the best of Siesta Key on two wheels, rather than two feet!
Thrill-seekers will find plenty of attractions and watersports to entertain them in Siesta Key. If you like to get your adrenaline pumping, you might even find something to challenge your nerves! Parasailing is a popular activity over many of the stunning beaches in Siesta Key – and it’ll provide a photo opportunity like no other! Kayaking is also a real favorite, especially around Lido Key. Avid surfers should head to Longboat Key for the biggest waves; you could even try paddle boarding, with plenty of local rental shops and instructors willing to teach you the ways of the water.
Siesta Key Village boasts numerous shopping destinations including around 100 stores, cafes and restaurants, with many of them selling interesting knick-knacks and great gifts for friends or family members back home. Stroll around the village’s streets and discover interesting boutiques and galleries on every corner – or hit up St Armand’s Circle, where the shops, eateries and galleries have a distinctly European feel to them.
Up, Close and Personal with Local Wildlife
If there are animal lovers in your party, you should be sure to check out the Jim Neville Marine Preserve, home to the most popular kayak tour in Siesta Key. You’ll paddle from Turtle Beach into Little Sarasota Bay, marveling at the various birds, manatees and other wildlife that call Siesta Key home. If you’re lucky, you may even see a bottlenose dolphin – these friendly creatures often come out to greet kayak parties and provide an unforgettable experience for those on the tour.
Nearby Sarasota has been give the nickname of Florida’s Cultural Coast, because of its diverse array of attractions and destinations including museums, theatres, galleries and performance studios. Visit the Ringling Museums of the Arts, the Circus Museum or the Opera House and soak up some of the marvelous culture that’s on offer here all-year-round. If you’d rather remain on Siesta Key, The Gallery is a quaint art boutique where you can discover exciting new local artists – you may even get the chance to see them in action at the store!
If you’re planning a trip to the area, Tropical Breeze Resort offers ideal Siesta Key lodging in walking distance of all the main attractions and destinations. Our conveniently located hotel provides you with easy access to famous restaurants, watersports facilities, rental shops and, of course, all of the island’s most beautiful beaches. There’s plenty in Siesta Key and Village for all holidaymakers to enjoy, whether you’re heading there with friends, family or as a couple.