Siesta Key Vacation Information
Some of the most stunning beaches in the world make Siesta Key an ideal destination for folks seeking fun in the sun. Indeed, so dazzling are the white sands of this barrier island, which runs parallel to the city of Sarasota, Florida, that its beaches recently made the top 10 list of Dr. Beach (coastal expert Stephen Leatherman).
Three beaches – Crescent, Siesta, and Turtle – offer plenty of spots for lounging around and soaking up rays. And the glittering waters of the Gulf of Mexico invite swimmers to take a cooling dip. There’s always a volleyball or Frisbee game going on. And the public beach boasts sheltered picnic areas, restrooms, concession stands, tennis courts, and a shaded playground, so there’s no reason to go anywhere else, unless you’re so inclined.
That’s not to say that vacationers looking for a little more action won’t find plenty to do, with choices ranging from snorkeling among the limestone formations at Crescent Beach’s Point-of-Rocks to deep-sea fishing, sailing, and scuba diving in the Gulf.
Shoppers will be happy to know that Siesta Key boasts two shopping areas brimming with specialty boutiques, stores, and restaurants. And two bridges link the island to Sarasota, where a world of culture, nightlife, and other big-city amenities beckon, just minutes away from the beach. Golfers will find more than 80 courses in neighboring Sarasota County, also only a short drive away.
The whole family will enjoy an excursion to Sarasota’s Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium. Exhibits at this marine research center showcase local sea life and include a 135,000-gallon shark tank, a 30-foot touch tank, and a manatee center. Also in Sarasota are the many attractions to be found at the Ringling Estate. The former home of John and Mable Ringling, of circus fame, the estate includes art and circus museums, the 1920s Ringling mansion, a theater, extensive landscaped grounds, and a number of changing educational and cultural programs and exhibits.
With an average daytime temperature of 71 to 77 degrees F, winter is the prime time to visit Siesta Key. Even in summer, however, the heat is tempered by cool sea breezes. The area also hosts a variety of special events throughout the year, so just about any time is a good time to visit.
And whether your idea of a dream vacation is a sunlit idyll on the beach or stalking the big one from the deck of a fishing charter, chances are you’ll find what you’re looking for on Siesta Key.