"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."
"In Venice they have a jazz festival yearly that has artists from all over. Definitely not a festival to miss!"
"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!"
"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."
"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."
"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 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..."
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"For family fun, check out either Disney (a 2 hour drive away) or Busch Gardens (45 minutes away)."
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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!!"
"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."
"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."
"Deep sea or backwater fishing can be a real thrill. Or, how about renting a jet ski and enjoying the sites from the waterway?"
"Sarasota is a huge art and music community! There’s theater, all kinds of music, and a very charming gallery district."
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"For nightlife, I recommend Marina Jacks, Ophelia's, Euphemia Haye, Yumi Sushi, Darwin's, or Burns Court."
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