Florida has a multitude of beautiful and fantastic beaches and choosing which one as your vacation spot is a monumental task. When discussing Florida beaches with people there is one location that always seems to come up in the conversation, Siesta Key and John and I set out on a days adventure to find out just why everyone is talking about Siesta Key and what makes it so special.
Siesta Key is a barrier island on the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Sarasota, On Florida’s southern west coast, and it has a reputation and continues to be on the list as having one of the best beaches in the USA.
We found Siesta Beach to have the gorgeous white and sugary sand that it is famous for. The public beach has all the amenities that anyone could want for spending a great day at the beach, umbrella and chair rentals, beach wheelchair rentals, playground, picnic tables, a large concession area and deck, volleyball area, showers, public restrooms and lots of free parking spaces. It does have good reason to be popular, and judging by the crowds on the beach, it lives up to it’s reputation as a top Florida beach destination.
The only downside that I could find for Siesta Beach was the hike from the car to the Ocean. The beach is very wide and if you are lugging a lot of beach gear from your car to your sandy spot on ocean paradise, well let’s just say, you don’t want to have to make more than one trip.
A little further south on the Island of Siesta Key, you will find a less popular, away from the crowd but yet the very enjoyable public beach called Turtle Beach. This beach known for it’s population of nesting sea turtles, does not have all the amenities that Siesta Beach has, however the walk to the ocean is much shorter. The fact that it is a much less crowded beach is a plus in it’s favor for me.
The parking area is smaller in size so in the busy season I am sure getting there early would be a requirement for finding a parking space. Parking is however, free and there are public restrooms, showers, a few picnic tables and a small playground. The sand is not as white as the more popular Siesta Beach but if you like shell gathering, then turtle beach should be your choice as there is an abundance of shells on turtle beach where I found very few at the more popular Siesta Beach. Kayak rentals are available at Turtle Beach and there is also a public boat ramp.
For the RV Traveler
Right next to Turtle Beach is a small campground named appropriately, Turtle Beach Camp Ground. The campground has beach access and it’s own private tiki picnic area with grills. The campground is very small, maybe 2 blocks long at best and even though I did see a few big RV’s in there, It must be a challenge to back them in. However, once in and set up, this would be a beautiful location to call home for a few days. I would imagine even with the difficulty of getting parked that this place probably books up rather quickly. The campsites are full service, with water, electric and sewer hookups.
Siesta Key Village
About half a mile from the public Siesta Beach is Siesta Key Village, a nice walking area of shops, restaurants and nightlife venues. John and I spent some time there and had a delicious meal of lobster tacos at Siesta Key Oyster Bar and then afterwards a delectable Gelato Treat at Stefano Versace Gelato.
Other Useful Information
The closest and most convenient airport to Siesta Key is Sarasota-Bradenton International (SRQ) located about 13 miles away, with a drive time of about 20 – 30 minutes. Siesta Key is located about 7 miles or about 15 minutes from Downtown Sarasota.
There is a free trolley service offering a round trip from Siesta Key Village to Turtle Beach, with many stops along the way, running every 20 to 30 minutes from 8 a.m. to midnight.
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