A short drive from downtown Sarasota, the barrier island of Siesta Key sits adjacent to the glittering Gulf of Mexico and its Siesta Public Beach has been named the nation’s best -- twice. This 8-mile-long island offers shopping, resorts, dining and nightlife. Known for its white quartz sand, turquoise waters and many beachside amenities, Siesta Key is a must-visit island paradise. Siesta Key offers something for everyone. Siesta Key is a romantic getaway for lovers, a family fun destination, and a playground for outdoor adventures. And don’t forget: Wherever you stay, the beach and bay are always nearby.

Ranked the #2 Beach in the U.S. in 2023 by TripAdvisor’s Traveler’s Choice Awards™, you will quickly understand why when you feel the quartz-crystal powdery sand between your toes, and experience the soft waves and the abundance of sun & fun at gorgeous Siesta Beach. Thanks to the large parking area, concession stands, the free trolley to get around on the island, and nearby fun Siesta Key Village, you can plan your whole trip centered around this gorgeous Key without getting bored.

At a Glance....


The Island Life

  • Activities and Attractions

    Whether it's enjoying the beautiful beaches, exploring the natural surroundings, indulging in local cuisine, or participating in recreational activities, Siesta Key has something for everyone to enjoy. Here are some popular options:

    1. Siesta Beach: Siesta Beach is the main attraction of Siesta Key, known for its powdery white sand and clear turquoise waters. Visitors can relax on the beach, swim in the Gulf of Mexico, sunbathe, or engage in water sports such as paddleboarding, kayaking, and parasailing.
    2. Point of Rocks: Point of Rocks is a unique limestone formation located on Siesta Key's southern end. It's a popular spot for snorkeling, as it is home to a diverse marine ecosystem with colorful fish, corals, and other marine life.
    3. Siesta Key Village: Siesta Key Village is a lively area with an array of shops, boutiques, galleries, and restaurants. Visitors can browse for souvenirs, dine in local eateries, or enjoy live music at one of the bars or pubs.
    4. Crescent Beach: Crescent Beach is another beautiful beach on Siesta Key, known for its quieter and more serene atmosphere. It's a great spot for walking, shelling, and enjoying the natural beauty of the Gulf Coast.
    5. Kayaking and Paddleboarding: Siesta Key's calm waters are perfect for kayaking and paddleboarding. Visitors can rent equipment and explore the mangroves, estuaries, and bays surrounding the island, spotting wildlife such as manatees, dolphins, and birds.
    6. Fishing Charters: Fishing enthusiasts can take a fishing charter from Siesta Key and try their luck at catching a variety of fish species, including snook, redfish, trout, and grouper.
    7. Myakka River State Park: Located nearby Siesta Key, Myakka River State Park is a vast and diverse wilderness area with miles of hiking trails, wildlife watching opportunities, and boat tours. Visitors can experience the natural beauty of Florida's wetlands, forests, and prairies.
    8. Sunset Cruises: Sunset cruises are a popular way to enjoy Siesta Key's breathtaking sunsets. Visitors can hop on a boat tour that takes them along the coast, offering stunning views of the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico.
    9. Shopping and Dining: Siesta Key offers a variety of shopping and dining options, from local boutiques and souvenir shops to seafood restaurants and casual cafes. Visitors can explore the island's culinary scene and indulge in fresh seafood, tropical drinks, and other delicious treats.
    10. Events and Festivals: Siesta Key hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including art festivals, live music concerts, and holiday celebrations. These events offer a chance to experience the local culture and community spirit of Siesta Key.
  • Cuisine

    Here is a list of popular restaurants on Siesta Key, Florida:

    1. The Cottage: A charming restaurant known for its creative American cuisine and craft cocktails. The Cottage offers a relaxed, beachy atmosphere and is popular for its seafood dishes and live music.

    2. The Siesta Key Oyster Bar (SKOB): A casual waterfront restaurant known for its laid-back vibe, fresh seafood, and live music. SKOB is famous for its oysters, grouper sandwiches, and its famous "world-famous" clam chowder.

    3. Ophelia's on the Bay: A fine dining restaurant with a waterfront location offering panoramic views of the bay. Ophelia's is known for its upscale seafood and steak dishes, as well as its elegant ambiance.

    4. Clayton's Siesta Grille: A trendy restaurant offering a diverse menu that includes seafood, steaks, and sushi. Clayton's Siesta Grille is popular for its creative cocktails and modern American cuisine.

    5. The Fish Market Restaurant: A casual seafood restaurant offering fresh seafood dishes and a relaxed atmosphere. The Fish Market Restaurant is known for its friendly service, extensive seafood menu, and raw bar options.

    6. Toasted Mango Cafe: A popular breakfast and brunch spot known for its creative twists on classic breakfast dishes, such as stuffed French toast and crab cake Benedict. Toasted Mango Cafe is known for its friendly service and cozy atmosphere.

    7. Anna's Deli: A casual deli known for its hearty sandwiches, salads, and soups. Anna's Deli is a local favorite for its generous portions and flavorful sandwiches.

    8. Bonjour Frenchcafe: A cozy French cafe offering a variety of classic French dishes, such as quiches, crepes, and croissants. Bonjour Frenchcafe is known for its authentic French flavors and charming ambiance.

    9. Sun Garden Cafe: A casual cafe known for its fresh, healthy fare and extensive vegetarian and vegan options. Sun Garden Cafe offers a relaxed atmosphere and is popular for its breakfast and lunch offerings.

    10. Miguel's Restaurant: A Mexican restaurant offering a variety of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes, such as tacos, burritos, and fajitas. Miguel's Restaurant is known for its flavorful Mexican cuisine and lively atmosphere.

All Rights Reserved 2023© Photo by Noah Quier
All Rights Reserved 2023© Photo by Noah Quier
All Rights Reserved 2023© Photo by Noah Quier
All Rights Reserved 2023© Photo by Noah Quier
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