Siesta Key Experts

Food

Meg Toy

"Siesta Key Oyster Bar in Siesta Key is a great restaurant! It's fun to go with adults or with the kids. The waitstaff is great and friendly! The drinks are good and the food is really good as well as having a menu has a wide variety, which is always helpful when you are out with a picky eater (adult or child)!"

Neighborhood

Meg Toy

"Anyone you meet, whether it's on the beach or walking around the town, you will meet people who are originally from the Northeast. It's great hearing the stories of why they moved to Florida. Neighboring towns such as Sarasota and Venice are really great too! Lots of restaurants along St. Armand's Circle where the shopping attracts every age! Everyone that I have met have been wonderful and happy!!!"

Nightlife

Meg Toy

"Nightlife is great since you can have your choice of places to go such as, Sarasota, Venice and Naples. Naples and Sarasota are more for the glitz & ritz night on the town while Siesta Key and Venice are more laid back but still a great time, just in a more casual atmosphere."

Family

Meg Toy

"Siesta Key Beach is WONDERFUL!!!! The sand is made out of quartz and never gets hot. It's not only beautiful but great for building sand castles and watching others take it to the next level of sand sculpture!
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Adventure

Meg Toy

"Take a boat out and go fishing.... you never know what you'll catch! Parasailing and sail surfing are also big in Siesta Keys and always a good way to see the shore."

Arts & Music

Meg Toy

"In Venice they have a jazz festival yearly that has artists from all over. Definitely not a festival to miss!"

Shopping

Meg Toy

"St. Armand's Circle and the shops downtown in Venice should not be missed! Which such a wide array of stores, you will find something for everyone in your family, or that special something just for you!"

Food

Sue

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Family

Sue

"Mote Marine is a wonderful place for the entire family to spend a morning or a full day. Lots to see and take in! Where else can you get up close and personal with manatees and sharks?! Both educational and fun, Mote offers a unique experience, including a hands-on tank for the brave!
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Arts & Music

Sue

"Don't miss checking out the Sunday night "drumming circle" on Siesta Key Public Beach. It starts up about an hour before sunset and draws a large crowd of drummers, dancers, and spectators every Sunday! It’s lots of fun for the entire family. Siesta Key Village offers an array of talented musicians performing at a variety of restaurant/bars, nightly, and sometimes during the day. Take a stroll down through the Village to find your favorite place."

Food

Kara Altice-Montes

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Neighborhoods

Kara Altice-Montes

"Siesta Key has the whitest sand beaches in the world, turquoise waters, and the vibrant Siesta Village with food, music, art, and shopping – always a fun scene."

Nightlife

Kara Altice-Montes

"Sarasota has some of the best live music options of anywhere I have traveled. The musicians are very talented, with southern rock & roll, the blues, and awesome jams happening nearly every night in many different locations. With nightly sunsets that should not be missed, restaurants with great food and atmosphere, and live music that makes one want to dance all night, plan on fun-filled evenings that you will want to repeat over and over again."

Family

Kara Altice-Montes

"Family fun is all around in Sarasota and Siesta Key. Rent a boat and fish some of the hottest fishing spots on the east coast, spend the day at the beach snorkeling, swimming, sunning, shelling, visit Mayakka State Park and canoe down the river while watching the wildlife and alligators, ride bikes along the beach, there are so many things to do as a family that the list goes on and on..."

Arts & Music

Kara Altice-Montes

"Some visitors do not realize that Sarasota is very sophisticated and has a well educated and artistic population which translates into outstanding cultural venues and offerings daily/nightly. Some of the most talented musicians (many well known) perform nightly at the many music venues in Sarasota and Siesta Key; you never know who you may see performing!
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Family

Michelle

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"For family fun, check out either Disney (a 2 hour drive away) or Busch Gardens (45 minutes away)."

Food

Lou Ann Goldblatt

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"Fish and shellfish are always great in our area and there are many great places to try it. The best clam chowder is at Captain Curt’s, which is walking distance from our condo. Maybe even try the gater bites!!"

Neighborhoods

Lou Ann Goldblatt

"Visiting the "Village" in Siesta Key is a must and is very laid back. For more upscale dining and shopping take a 15 minute drive into the City of Sarasota and visit the famous St Armands Circle."

Family

Lou Ann Goldblatt

"We're all about the beach, but a trip to Mote Aquarium is wonderful. It’s small enough not to wear the kids out, big enough to learn a lot about local marine life."

Adventure

Lou Ann Goldblatt

"Deep sea or backwater fishing can be a real thrill. Or, how about renting a jet ski and enjoying the sites from the waterway?"

Arts & Music

Lou Ann Goldblatt

"Sarasota is a huge art and music community! There’s theater, all kinds of music, and a very charming gallery district."

Nightlife

Stephanie

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"For nightlife, I recommend Marina Jacks, Ophelia's, Euphemia Haye, Yumi Sushi, Darwin's, or Burns Court."

Family

Stephanie

"For family fun, go to the Jungle Gardens, Big Cat Habitat, or Florida Aquarium."

Arts & Music

Kathy

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"For entertainment, go to the Sarasota Opera House, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, or Asolo Repertory Theater."

About Siesta Key

What was once a secret gem known to only a few, has rapidly become America's darling beach town.

Siesta Key, located in Sarasota County and about an hour south of the Tampa Bay Area, is an eight-mile island accessible by two bridges from the mainland. Sandals and swimming suits are accepted - even expected in virtually all of the restaurants and boutiques that populated the island - especially so of those located in Siesta Key Village. The atmosphere is as cool as the white quartz sands in the daytime, and while libations and celebrations can warm up the evening, you are never to far from a tiki-esque style bar and the quiet sounds of ocean waves gliding up and down the beach.

In 2011, Dr. Beach named Siesta Beach No. 1 in the nation for its sugary white sand. Siesta Key beach is, in fact, almost entirely composed of crushed quarts crystal. This unique composition not only makes this sand sparkle under the Florida sun, but also keeps the sand cool on even the hottest of Florida summer days. The sand is perfect for sculpting, and every year Siesta Key is home to world-class sand sculpting competitions.

Despite its popularity, there are still quiet corners of Siesta to sneak off to and explore.

Turtle Beach located at the southern end of Siesta Key has sand that's a bit coarser. This beach is a great fishing and snorkeling hot spot. The beach has a steeper incline and carries more shells. After a storm beachcombers might even find a petrified shark's tooth. Nearby are restaurants, shopping and a few local nightspots.

Crescent Beach is another quieter spot, just south of Siesta Key Beach. Enjoy the same blue waters in a secluded atmosphere. This area contains coral formations and bright marine life - perfect for diving.

Siesta Key is perfectly fit for families, singles, and couples alike. Lodging accommodations can be found throughout the key, including hundreds of vacation rentals. Though active year round, Siesta Key's peak season runs January through April. Plan to book your stay as soon as possible if your vacation is planned within that duration.

Information provided by:Visit Sarasota County