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 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” or “Little Sarasota Island,” but the name change did not affect the living conditions on the island at all. However, that name sounded at least a little nicer.
Back in Time Siesta Key had a bad reputation
Well, the bad reputation was due to the infestation by billions of blood-sucking mosquitoes. Furthermore, only wildcats, boars and various other nasty and not so nasty critters ruled the island. Anyway, the early settlers came to this barrier island and tried to raise crops in the harsh and sandy soil.
Life was not easy, and they had only none to very little success. Can you imagine that the settlers did not even see the natural beauty of the Key and its surrounding waters? They were no vacationers at all – they were only looking for a place to stay or to stay alive. Unfortunately, this island was the only available property that hadn’t been deeded away to land speculators. Therefore, it was the only choice anyway.
While the early settlers were obviously not attracted by the natural beauty of the Key and its surrounding waters, today’s visitors see the island through a different set of eyes. Now Siesta Key offers a getaway like you’ve never experienced. The island is famous for the white-sand beaches, clear, warm waters and tropical nature preserves. Siesta also became a heaven for vacationers from all over the world. Most of the critters are gone but once in a while those vacationers will stumble upon a mosquito…or two … or three.
Siesta’s Public 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 – crystal-white, powdery sand that stretches for miles. The Village of Siesta Key is within walking distance to the public beach. Both are the perfect spots where to find the action.
It may be a little crowded once in a while, especially in springtime, when the spring breakers are flocking to the island. On such a holiday weekend, you can find more than 15,000 fellow vacationers enjoying the beach and the first severe sunburn of the new year.
The Village of Siesta Key
In the Village of Siesta Key, you can browse through Shops with all sorts of fashion, beach accessories, and souvenirs. You will find Restaurants where you can grab a quick breakfast or lunch in your flip-flops. You can also instead go to restaurants where you can relax in style over an excellent candlelight dinner while watching the seabirds going to rest. Yes, shops, restaurants, bars, that’s what you 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 only in certain areas on Siesta’s Public beach.
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?
The quieter Turtle Beach – appealing for 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 for 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.
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 for miles down the beach until you reach Palmer Point Beach and finally Casey Key.
Palmer Point Beach offers, 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.
Real Estate for sale on Siesta Key
Siesta Key offers a wide variety of homes and condominiums for sale. Homes directly on the beach are, of course, the most expensive ones. Condominium prices follow the same rule – condos for sale with a spectacular ocean view will have a markup for the prime location. However, if you would also be happy with a home or condo on a nice canal, the price tag would be significantly smaller.Start Your Home Search Here