Tucked away toward the south end of Siesta Key, Turtle Beach is a must-visit on your Siesta Key vacation. Travel past the more popular Siesta Beach on the north end of the island, and visit the quieter part of island paradise. Siesta Key Public Beach is famous for open expanse of soft, white sand and the many amenities and facilities located there but Turtle Beach is just a great option for visitors looking for a beautiful sandy spot to enjoy.
While the sand at Turtle Beach is slightly coarser and the beach drops off more quickly, there are fewer people and much better snorkeling. While other Siesta Key beaches can get crowded, Turtle Beach is much quieter – no stepping around hundreds of beach towels here.
Kayak on the open ocean in hopes of spotting dolphins playing or shorebirds flying by. Snorkel in the shallows looking for the best shells. Or, simply spend a day soaking up the sun with a good book in hand. The options are limitless at Turtle Beach.
The beach itself is long and wide, though slightly coarser and yellower than the other beaches of Siesta Key. It’s a great place to play with the family and swim and has all the amenities to help you have a fun day in the sun.
Public restrooms and showers are available nearby, as well was picnic tables, pavilions, and a playground. Parking is free, and usually there are lots of spots. For anglers and leisure boaters, there’s a boat launch at both Turtle Beach and the lagoon parallel to it.
Turtle Beach is a great place for outdoor activities, both in the water and on land.
Kayaking and paddleboarding are popular sports in Siesta Key as the surrounding ocean is relatively calm. Visitors can rent paddleboards from nearby Siesta Key Paddle Sports (8000 Blind Pass Rd.) and launch them either from the beach or into the nearby inlet, Blind Pass. Here, paddlers can scan the shoreline for birds and the waters for manatee as they navigate the lagoon.
The shelling is particularly good on Turtle Beach. Comb the beach around low tide – an hour before and an hour after is usually a safe bet – for some of the best finds. Right after a storm hits is also a great time to find shells, as it stirs up all the debris.
Wildlife and Turtle Nesting Season
Turtle Beach is known for its abundance of wildlife, especially endangered loggerhead turtles. Nesting season runs from May to October, and annually more than 40,000 nests are made along the coast of Florida.
Females lay about 100 ping pong ball-sized eggs in each nest and cover it with sand. Almost two months later the eggs hatch, and hundreds of baby turtles clamber to safety in the ocean.
For the protection of this endangered species, tables, chairs, and umbrellas must be removed from the beach at night during nesting season, and lights from nearby resorts and Siesta Key vacation rentals should be dim enough they cannot be seen from the beach.
While Turtle Beach is known for its sea turtles, many other types of birds and marine life can be spotted throughout the day. Watch pelicans fish and dolphins frolic right from the shore. Rays, live conches, and many birds can also be spotted if you keep your eyes peeled.
Turtle Beach Location
Turtle Beach is located off of Midnight Pass Road at the south end of Siesta Key at 9000 Blind Pass Road. It is about a 15-minute drive from Siesta Key Village. You can easily take the FREE Siesta Key trolley to and from the Tropical Breeze Resort, or bike, or drive.
Our Siesta Key rentals aren’t too far from Turtle Beach and will let you explore this fascinating beach park, along with the other attractions of Siesta Village which are within walking distance of our resort. Check it out for something a bit different during your Siesta Key vacation and enjoy the wildlife, scenery, and wide range of outdoor activities that are available!
For any specific questions about Turtle Beach, other Siesta Key beaches or planning a vacation here, call us today at (941)-349-1125.