Like its sister beach to the north, Crescent Beach boasts white sand and turquoise waters. While similar in beauty, Crescent Beach is often much less crowded than Siesta Beach, making it an attractive family-friendly destination for the season.
Gradual depth changes along soft sandbars, tranquil waters, and clean, cool sand make it a great place to lounge and enjoy the natural beauty of the Siesta Key beaches.
About Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach is technically a private beach, so there are no official public access points. But don’t worry – there is plenty of street parking a short walk away. While there are no public services like showers and restrooms on Crescent Beach, it’s generally cleaner and less busy than the coast’s public spaces.
If you’re lucky enough to spend a week or two at a Siesta Key resort hotel or vacation home along Crescent Beach, you’ll have plenty of time to explore this pristine slice of Florida shoreline. The beach is wide, the sand fine, and the shells abundant.
Things to Do on Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach has something for everyone. It’s a prime destination for various outdoor sports, as well as locally-acclaimed restaurants and attractions.
Its soft sand is great for catching rays, building sandcastles, and playing in the shallows. The ocean here is typically calm – perfect for all ages and levels of swimmers. Walking, running, and biking along the miles-long stretch of sand are other great ways to stay active while on vacation at a Siesta Key resort hotel.
Kayaking and paddleboarding are popular waterfront sports on Siesta Key. Paddle the rolling gulf waves or, if you’re feeling adventurous, one of the nearby estuaries. For kayak rentals, less than half a mile from Crescent Beach, check out Siesta Key Sports Rentals (6551 Midnight Pass Rd.) and Siesta Key Bike and Kayak Rental (1224 Old Stickney Point Rd.)
Both are affordable options for renting kayaks, paddleboards, scooters, and beach gear nearby Crescent Beach.
When you need a break from the sun, grab a bite to eat at one of the nearby restaurants. For a casual modern cafe, try The Orange Octopus (1220 Old Stickney Point Rd.). You can head to Big Water Fish Market (6641 Midnight Pass Rd.) for fresh seafood with counter service. It’s a local favorite and an overall exciting dockside joint. For a Siesta Key tradition, have a bowl of the famous clam chowder at Captain Curt’s Crab & Oyster Bar (1200 Stickney Point Rd.).
Location & Facilities
Crescent Beach is a 30-minute walk along the shoreline from Siesta Key Village. For a quicker option, take the island’s free trolley service for a day of beach hopping. Alternatively, rent a bike and ride the two miles from Siesta Key Village to Crescent Beach.
Unlike other Siesta Key beaches, Crescent Beach lacks public services and facilities. Perhaps that’s one of the reasons why it attracts smaller crowds. There is no vehicle access or public parking, though nearby street parking is abundant.
The beach can be accessed via a footpath at Point of Rocks. This is a natural barrier which unofficially marks off the end of Crescent Beach. It’s an excellent area for a snorkel on your way. Get the free island trolley to drop you off at Point of Rocks, and walk three minutes down the road to reach the access path.
Crescent Beach is just one of Siesta Key’s many pristine stretches of sand. To explore Crescent Beach, eat fresh local seafood, and visit the barrier island’s many attractions, give us a call at (941) 349-1125. We’ll be sure to find a Siesta Key resort hotel suite that suits your needs for the season.