Siesta Key: So Many Visitors…So Little Parking?
According to most recent statistics, nearly one million visitors flock each year to Siesta Key to enjoy a slice of paradise: white sand beaches, clean waters, spectacular sunsets and a wide range of activities and attractions, from beach fun to tours and unique shopping.
As you might expect, one million visitors mean a lot of vehicles are crowding this beautiful barrier island at any given time. Where do they all park?
Parking on Siesta Key can be an issue at times…but rest assured that, for the most part, the island is equipped to handle the traffic flow and you can find parking for beaches, stores and hotels. Is it always easy? No. But by planning it right, and depending on where you park, you should be okay.
Below we have provided an in-depth look at the ins and outs of parking on Siesta Key to give you some guidance as to where to find the best places to leave your car and an idea of how difficult it might be to find a spot to park your car before your park yourself on the beach, at a restaurant or at any attraction the island has to offer.
Beach parking is likely the most difficult when it comes to parking on Siesta Key. Would you expect any less in a place where beaches are the main attraction?
Each of the island’s beaches have parking, but they fill up fast despite having hundreds of spaces each (about 800 for Siesta Key Beach, 200-400 for other public beaches like Lido Beach and Turtle Beach); get there early is the general consensus. You can find smaller lots at various access points; for instance, Siesta Key Public Beach has more than a dozen accesses, and at many of these you’ll find some parking (typically 20-25 spaces).
It is not recommended to find parking on side streets near the beaches, as in most cases there are homes along these beaches and parking may not be allowed. You might find private homeowners who charge a bit to use their yards, but these might be few and far between.
Parking at a public lot away from the beach and using a free ride service or trolley service is certainly an option well worth exploring and taking advantage of!
Siesta Key Parking: Shopping and Restaurants
If you’re hitting the unique shops or any one of the many fine or casual restaurants on Siesta Key, you’ll find parking on the premises for the most part.
The famous Siesta Key Village has a municipal parking lot where you can leave your car and walk the shops and eateries, though there are only 60 spots here. There are many more lots scattered about, but you’ll have to do a bit more walking (if the weather’s right–you’ll enjoy the walk!)
Perhaps one of the main problems with restaurant and store parking is that sometimes these spots are gobbled up by beachgoers, who can’t find parking once the beach lots have filled up and who don’t mind walking several blocks to the beach rather than giving up a beach day altogether.
Park Where You’re Staying
Tropical Breeze Resort, for instance, boasts FIVE beach access points; you’re just steps away from Siesta Public Beach! No worrying about the public parking spaces here, just leave your car where you parked it when you arrived and walk to the sand. The resort guests are within walking distance of Siesta Key Village–shop, eat and even enjoy the nightlife without ever starting your car!
Jump on the trolley in the heart of the Village and reach the rest of the island with the breeze blowing through your hair and a scenic drive to keep you occupied.
Parking on Siesta Key doesn’t have to be a bother, as long as you plan ahead and stay in the right place! Check out our resort rooms here!