Siesta Key - where the Sand is whiter than Snow
Is Siesta Key the #1 or #2 Beach in the USA? Who cares - it is the ultimate place for sun, sand, and waves. Siesta Key is the slow riser between all the barrier islands of the area. While all other barrier islands were already thriving, Siesta Key was still hibernating. In the late 1800’s people called the Key "Clam Island," which was not even a favorable name at that time. Later they changed the name to "Sarasota Key" and "Little Sarasota Island," but the name change did not affect the living conditions on the island at all. However, both name sounded at least a lot better.
Eventually, the island's name was changed to "Siesta Key", which made it a lot better marketable. Now. after all those marketing efforts, the key is worldwide known for the unique white sand of the beach.
The famous Siesta Public Beach is rated America's best beach for sand content. It offers some of the world’s finest, whitest sand. That crystal-white, powdery sand stretches for miles, and it never gets hot, no matter how bad the sun beats down in the summertime.
The Village of Siesta Key is within walking distance to the public beach. Both, Siesta Key Public beach and Siesta Key Village, are the perfect spots to be. This is where you can find all the action.
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Siesta Key's Village
In the Village of Siesta Key, beach-goers can browse through Shops with all sorts of fashion, beach accessories, and souvenirs. They will find Restaurants where they can grab a quick breakfast or lunch in their flip-flops. Instead, they can also go to restaurants where they can relax in style over an excellent candlelight dinner while watching the seabirds going to rest. Yes, shops, restaurants, bars, that's what visitors can expect in the village of Siesta Key.
Concession stands provide food, drinks, and souvenirs. Public restrooms, outdoor showers, picnic tables, tennis and volleyball courts (on the beach) and a playground for the little ones are also conveniently located. Lifeguards are on duty year-round, but only in certain areas on Siesta's Public beach.
Once in a while it may get a little crowded, especially in springtime, when the spring breakers are flocking to the island. On such a holiday weekend, there can be more than 15,000 vacationers enjoying the beach, trying to get the first severe sunburn of the new year.
Easter Holiday, Independence Day, Memorial Day, and Labor Day are days when there is a guarantee to run into the crowd.
There are Quieter Beach Options as well
There is still a lot of activity on Crescent Beach
At the south end of Siesta Beach is Crescent Beach. This beach does not offer the lifeguards and concessions of Siesta Beach, but it shares the same turquoise waters. The coast is densely lined with condominiums, villas, and cottages, though. This section of the beach is best suited for the people who stay in one of the condos or hotels there. What could be better than walking out of the door of your condo and being just steps away from the beautiful sand of Crescent beach?
But the beach is not a private beach. reserved for the condos and hotels that are around. Everybody can go and enjoy the water and the sand.
The quieter Turtle Beach - appealing to Beachcombers who like more privacy
Turtle Beach is another beach on the key. This beach section is located on Midnight Pass Road near the south end of the island. Compared to the public beach this beach section is more relaxing.
It is never as crowded as the neighbor located a little further north, which makes it a lot more appealing to people who want to catch some rays in a more private setting. It features a large picnic shelter and is very popular for family outings.
Blind Pass Lagoon is in the center of the park. Here the little ones can play safely in the shallow water of the lagoon, and if you want to use your kayak, canoe or your small fishing boat - there is also a free boat ramp providing easy access to and from the Bay. Keep in mind that the lagoon has only access to the bay, not the Gulf of Mexico. There used to be a jetty connecting the bay with the Gulf, but that one is closed.
The sand is not as fine as it is further north and it is darker (consequently hotter in the summer) but it makes up the difference in privacy. You can walk many miles down the beach until you reach Palmer Point Beach and finally Casey Key.
Palmer Point Beach - even more privacy
The fourth beach is Palmer Point Beach. It begins at the southern tip of Siesta Key and continues to the north end of Casey Key. There used to be a jetty that divided the two island from each other, but some homeowners didn't like the noise of powerboats and filled the channel with dirt. The beach is a favorite spot for boaters with small power boats or kayaks and those who like to walk along the shore. There are no lifeguards and no facilities.