Siesta Key is a perfect island getaway for biking in any season, as there are numerous bike trails and paths throughout the island and in the nearby Sarasota area. It is one of the best ways to get around in the area while getting some extra exercise and avoiding traffic. Because the island is so small you can easily get from one place to another on bicycle, and you can choose to bike on the beach sands, sidewalks, and many bike trails both on and off the island.
Biking is one of the best ways to see some truly beautiful parts of Siesta Key that you can’t access as easily with a vehicle. When vacationing here, you’ll be able to pack your trip with plenty of other things to do as well. Several other activities and watersports are available including hiking, jet skiing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, snorkeling, waterskiing, and much more.
Ride along the beach on Siesta Key
The hard packed sands of the beaches on Siesta Key are perfect for bike riding. You’ll find it easier to ride on the dense sand between the water and the powdery sand along the beach. You have over 6 miles of beach to ride along, and there is only a small section where you will have to walk your bike between the lifeguard stands near Siesta Village because of how crowded it can be.
You can continue further south to Turtle Beach and onto the bike lane which covers most of Midnight Pass Road. The earlier you start in the day the better it is in terms of avoiding traffic. You can also bike on the sidewalks throughout Siesta Village to explore this area.
Several incredible trails right off the island
Right off of Siesta Key you will find several incredible bike trails including the following and more:
The Legacy Trail: Perfect for a bike trip from Sarasota to Venice or Nokomis Beach. This trail is very safe and allows you to see a wide range of different types of wildlife. The Legacy Trail is a former railroad track that was transformed into a bike trail and it totals just over 10 miles in length. There are also eight rest stations along the trail.
Venetian Waterway Park: If you’re looking for some gorgeous views this is the trail for you. The north end of this trail links directly with the Legacy Trail and follows the Intercoastal Waterway. There are several stops and facilities along the trail and it totals about 10 miles and ends at Caspersen Beach.
Myakka River State Park: A popular state park in the area with paved and unpaved paths for biking and a 74-foot tower offering incredible views of the local wetlands and trees. Other popular activities here including kayaking, hiking, camping, fishing and wildlife viewing.
Be careful when you are riding
Although low traffic hours are fairly safe for biking on Siesta Key, it is important to be aware of your surroundings, watch for cars and to obey the local traffic laws when you are biking there. It is a good idea to get acquainted with the Florida traffic laws for cyclists before you go biking in Siesta Key. There are several safety precautions that must be followed.
It is recommended to wear a helmet and to bike on the roads only when traffic is light. Children under 16 must wear a helmet at all times Get acquainted with the local precautions and be sure to follow them when you are biking in the area. You can also ask any local bike rental company for more specifics safety considerations depending on the area that you plan on biking in.
You don’t need to bring your bike with you when traveling here, as you can rent one from Tropical Breeze Resort’s Adventure Tiki or several local equipment rental stores including Siesta Key Bike and Kayak, Siesta Sports Rentals, and CB Island Outfitters.
For more information about biking on Siesta Key, bike rentals, directions to trails, booking accommodations, or any other related information, contact Tropical Breeze Resort today at (941)-349-1125.