What Makes Siesta Key a Famous Beach Destination?

Siesta Key is a vacation hotspot for people from the United States and abroad – and with good reason. The sand is white, the waters turquoise, and the drinks cold. It is also close to mainland Florida, offering convenient access no matter how you are traveling.

Want to learn more about this lovely island paradise? Keep reading.

Kids playing on the beach Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key Past Awards

Siesta Key is not only known by vacationers as a top beach destination in North America. This powdery, white quartz beach was named #1 beach in the United States by TripAdvisor’s USA Traveler’s Choice award. It has also made the list of the top beaches in the world, this time ranked at #5.

Why Do People Visit?

Siesta Key has a laid-back – but far from slow – a vibe that draws travelers year after year. Its white-sand beaches are a hub of activity in the summer, though those who are looking for some peace and quiet can find tranquil spots, such as Turtle Beach at the southern tip. Siesta Village is always ready for a party, whether it be afternoon margaritas on the deck or a few cold beers after the sun goes down. Siesta Key has something for all interests and ages, and with plenty of choice of things to do.

The island is a great place to participate in watersports, like kayaking, swimming, and even snorkeling. Its crystalline waters are warm and calm, offering families a safe place for young ones to swim. More adventurous travelers can rent a jet ski or parasail over the vast Gulf of Mexico. Siesta Key is also home to plenty of shops that offer bike and golf cart rentals. This is a great way to explore all eight miles of the island, from top to bottom. For those that love the excitement of a town, Siesta Village will have you entertained for days.

This barrier island is a tropical vacation spot right in our own backyard – a convenient place for Americans to travel. Get here by car or plane – Siesta Key is just 25 minutes from the Sarasota airport. If you are arriving by air, there’s no need to rent a car. Siesta Key is a small island that is easy to get around on foot. Walk from your beachfront resort Siesta Key to the beach or Siesta Village. Rent a bike or a taxi to explore the southern extremities of the island.

Don’t worry about losing sleep to time zone differences either, as Siesta Key shares the same time with most of the eastern U.S.

Overview shot of Lido Key, FL

Nearby Areas to Explore

If you are vacationing with a car, you’ll want to take a few day trips off Siesta Key to explore nearby cities and islands.

Sarasota is the cultural hub of Florida and the large city in the area with a population of more than 55,000. Eat at one of the city’s popular farm-to-table restaurants, or enjoy a night at the theater or opera. Sarasota is alive with performances year-round.

Lido Key is another barrier island just north of Siesta Key. Drive past downtown Sarasota and across John Ringling Blvd. Bridge, passing Bird Key on your way. Lido Key is home to St. Armands Circle, a popular shopping and dining area surrounded on all sides by water.

Go even further north and you’ll hit Anna Maria Island, another southern Florida gem. Anna Maria is located an hour north of Siesta Key adjacent to the city of Bradenton and has a number of piers, parks, and restaurants to visit. Check out Pine Avenue and Bridge Street for shopping and dining.

Choose Your Hotel Accommodations

Here at Tropical Breeze, we offer the comfort of home and the services of a luxury hotel on Siesta Key. From beach shuttles to grocery delivery to on-site watersports, Tropical Breeze will have you feeling like you’re on vacation in no time.

Our Siesta Key rentals offer a quaint, Old Florida alternative to a condo or hotel on Siesta Key. They are private, close to the beach, and surrounded by tropical greenery. If that doesn’t convince you, our two heated outdoor pools might! Spend a long day on the beach, then enjoy an evening dip and a cold drink on your back patio. To learn more about a Tropical Breeze vacation in Siesta Key, browse available rentals.

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