Siesta Key Beach
Siesta Key Beach, Who Says You Have To Travel Far To Find Paradise?
If your idea of Paradise includes relaxing on a white sandy beach with crystal clear waters, all you have to do is head down to Sarasota on the west coast of Florida, and you will find yourself in one of the most beautiful beaches in the world: Siesta Key Beach.
Siesta Key Beach was recognized for having “the whitest and finest sand in the world” at the Great International Beach Challenge, in 1987. What is so great about it? Instead of being mostly pulverized coral, the sand at Siesta Key Beach is 99% pure quartz, and it is so reflective of the sun’s heat that it will feel soft and cool under your feet even on the hottest summer day.
To match, the water is crystal clear, calm, and shallow. It’s no wonder Siesta Key Beach has repeatedly been named “Best Beach in America” by The Travel Channel (2004), Dr. Beach (2011), and most recently TripAdvisor (2015).
Surely your idea of Paradise includes more than just lying on a beautiful beach. You will want accommodations to match. In Siesta Key Beach, you will find 2 to 5-star hotels along the entire key, each of them ready and willing to make your stay as comfortable and pleasant as you could dream. You could try the numerous small hotels and B&Bs. The Capri at Siesta –rated No. 1 B&B on Trip Advisor- is an older facility with a healthy update. Rooms and modern and clean, and the beach is just a 2-minute walk away. Or, you could try the more modern look of the Sea Spray Resort, which is praised for its lovely facilities, great location, and the warmth of its service.
Then, of course, you have your beach resorts, full of amenities and services. Enjoy a gorgeous bungalow with all the amenities of a small apartment, just feet from the most incredible beach, at Conclare Aman’s Beach Resort. Or, if full service is your idea of relaxation, come to stay at the Hyatt Siesta Key Beach Resort that features incredibly modern and luxuriously decorated rooms with all amenities, a gorgeous private beach, spectacular location, and all the services of a 5-star hotel.
Also, if you prefer more private quarters, Trip Advisor offers over 500 vacation rentals in Siesta Key Beach, from small studio apartments that sleep 1-2 people, like the gorgeous Sand Castle Cottage, to larger condos that sleep families of 4-6, like the 329 Beach Rd Villas, or the Flip Flop Cottages. Each vacation rental has its own attraction, whether you are looking for comfort, things to do in-house, or excellent location and beach views.
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If you love fishing? Catch the biggest snapper, amberjack, grouper, or even mako shark on a charter boat. You will find the best fishing charters and tours with Siesta Key Fishing Charters. Captain Jonathon will put you right where the fish are, and then he’ll get your catch ready for cooking at dinnertime. TNT Freedom Fishing Charters is also said to have great boats and great captains. Whichever you choose, make sure you book them soon, because word is getting around.
There is also a wide array of water sports and activities for everyone to enjoy. Go surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, kayaking, canoeing or parasailing. Siesta Key Watersports offers your pick of jet skis, and boat rentals. They also offer sight-seeing dolphin watching, and sunset tours. If you want to do a little of everything, Siesta Key Water Sports will accommodate, with their unique “you name it” tours. Have you ever tried parasailing? They will get you up in the air, whether you are 5 or 105 years old!
Check out Siesta Key Paddleboards for surfing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing. If it’s your first time, they will show up at your door paddleboard in hand, and give you a free lesson! The CaliFlorida Surf & Skate Shop not only has all the gear you need, they also rent surf boards, body boards, kayaks, beach bikes, scooters, jet skis, and parasailing.
Kayaking and canoeing are very popular activities at Siesta Key Beach. The Adventure Kayak Outfitters will give you a great tour of the mangrove tunnels, where you will see manatee and dolphins at close range on peaceful waters. An activity suitable for experienced kayakers, as well as first-timers, the tour is a wonderful experience of wildlife and nature. If you would rather go kayaking on your own, the Siesta Key Bike and Kayak offers rentals and a map marked with particularly interesting sights. Go for the adventure!
Now surely all that activity is bound to make you hungry. At Siesta Key you will find delicious food just about anywhere, but these are our top picks. The Bonjour French Cafe offers a taste of the authentic French bistro with all homemade and natural food. They open all day long, but they are most popular for their breakfast and brunch. If you are looking for a place less formal for lunch or dinner, don’t miss the 3.14 Pi Craft Beer. This is a fun place with great pizzas and a good selection of craft beer, all topped off with fun and live entertainment. But if you plan to dine in style, visit the Cottage, a casual old Florida beach house that serves fusion cuisine with Latin American, Asian, and Hawaiian influences. Sit at the back patio to enjoy live music during your delicious dinner.
There are many more places from which to choose when you want to have a great meal in Siesta Key. Go to Señor Siesta for a refreshing Sangria Happy Hour, and Spanish/Latin cuisine. Or try A Taste of Germany for Brattwurst Coffee, Pastries, Rum Cakes, and more German-style delicacies. A consistent great service and wonderful fine dining await you at family-managed Miguel’s Restaurant. Get there early, and enjoy the 4-course special. You will never regret it. Or, if you prefer to dine a little later, mix it with live music at the Hub Baja Grill, famous for its Grouper fish tacos, hand-made lobster bisque, and other Latin American and tropical inspired creations.
On a Sunday, if you want to give the water activities a rest, you might want to do a little local shopping. Try the Siesta Farmers’ Market, a great place to find handmade jewelry, clothes, pottery, wood wick candles, and many more arts and crafts. Then, take a bike tour, Segway tour, or rent a motorbike, and see the sights. Stop at Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay for a late lunch of delicious Mahi sliders and curly fries, and later move on to Ciao Gelato for dessert. Finally, swing by Morton’s and pick up a few gourmet items to prep some pre-dinner appetizers while you wait for night to fall, and nightlife to rise. To top off your Sunday evening, do not miss the Siesta Key Drum Circle! It is a tradition that brings people together to play maracas, bongos and all sorts of percussion instruments.
If you are looking for a livelier or more city-like evening, you can visit the many night clubs, bars and social hot spots around Sarasota, which is only 20 minutes away. Once the sun goes down, take yourself to Siesta Village, where you will find some great bars and pubs like Daiquiri Deck, one of Siesta’s most popular places, which is famous for its many Daiquiri recipes. It opens long hours and is a welcoming spot for families, students on break, adults on romantic escapades, and retirees.
The Beach Club is another excellent place: a trendy bar –great for dancing all night- with outdoor seating that showcases live bands and offers large TVs where the sport fans can check out the latest scores.
To help the mood, every pub, bar, restaurant and entertainment place in Siesta Key has tropical beach air, decorated in a traditional beach hut style, with thatched roofs and outdoor seating. Perfect environment for letting yourself go and enjoy a great evening.
After a long night partying and dancing, what best way to spend your day than being pampered in a spa? There are a handful of amazing day spas and massage therapy spots from which you will emerge feeling absolutely new!
Siesta Key Beach is beautiful beyond compare, fun, and lively: a great place for family vacations, students on break, retirees, and romantic escapades. No matter who you are, and who you are travelling with, you will find a perfect sport for you in Siesta Key Beach. Even if you are planning to take a retreat with your four-pawed best friend, this is the perfect place! There are over a dozen pet-friendly hotels is Siesta Key, and many places where you and your dog can enjoy being together.
Florida’s best kept secret is out. Come to Siesta Key Beach, and see that you don’t need to travel far to get to Paradise!