about Siesta Key
Siesta Key is a 13 km long island, offshore from the charming city of Sarasota, located 90 km south of Tampa and 110 km north of Ft. Myers in the Gulf of Mexico. Two bridges connect Siesta Key with Sarasota’s mainland. This enchanting island is world famous for its snow-white and ultra-fine sand. Siesta Key Beach was voted #1 beach in the U.S. by Dr. Stephen Leatherman (aka Dr. Beach) in 2011, among others, in 1987 Siesta Key won a worldwide contest as the “whitest and finest sand beach” and the Travel Channel listed Siesta as one of the top ten beaches in America. Soft and cool, this sand is perfect even in the greatest midday heat. The breathtaking sunsets, which offer a very special atmosphere, are celebrated every Sunday evening by drummers and sun worshippers with the so-called Drum Cricle.
The broad north end of Siesta Key is traversed by the natural, heart-shaped Grand Canal, which leads through the Intracoastal Waterway into the Gulf of Mexico. The Grand Canal has been supplemented by man-made canals, so this area is characterized by idyllic waterways. Here you will find the lively Siesta Village, which radiates pure joie de vivre with Caribbean flair. Restaurants, rustic bars with live music, small stores, supermarket, post office etc., here you will find everything you need for daily life as a tourist or resident. The quiet, grown residential area around the village center (already in 1907 Capt. Louis Roberts and his wife Ocean settled here and in 1917 the North Bridge was built) offers older, meanwhile often already renovated “beach cottages”, sophisticated villas, both with or without boat dock and chic apartments directly on the beach.
Thus, original Florida charm could still be preserved here. The central part of the island is dominated by large apartment houses built along the crescent-shaped “Crescent Beach”. A second village center is located on the southern part of the island, also with restaurants, live music and stores. Along Midnight Pass Road, the road that winds through the narrow south end to Turtle Beach, are small beach houses, and many large luxury estates either directly on the beach on the west side or directly on the Bay and Intracoastal Waterway on the east side. With its diversity, vibrancy and beauty, Siesta Key offers something for all tastes and ages.