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Siesta Beach, Siesta Key

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Noted for its wide stretch of white sand, Siesta Beach is lapped by the calm Gulf of Mexico waters. Located just minutes from Sarasota, the beach features public restrooms, snack bars, picnic shelters, gazebos, volleyball courts, and showers. The powdery sand never gets too hot for a walk, so you can intersperse your dips in the gentle waves with long walks along the water's edge. Lifeguards patrol the beach all year, every day of the week, making this one of the safest spots for visitors of all ages and swimming abilities. Parking can become a challenge as the day goes on. Put Siesta Beach on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Siesta Key holiday planner.
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  • Life guards on duty, clean shelter area and public rest rooms, lots of parking for public access. Beautiful sunrises and sunsets. White sands and clear water!!! Great place to vacation! Best beach I h...  more »
  • A very beautiful beach, very deep, with a white sand and very end. Ideal to bathe safely, also for children. The descent water very gradually so shallow on a good length. Large free parking, showers and picnic shelters with tables and possibility. Good to know: Sunday evening from 18:00 there is a percussion group coming to play for several hours. Bohemian atmosphere. Spectators formed a large circle and inside you can dance.
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  • We went to Key West, Marco Island, Siesta, Clearwater and Destin and Siesta was my favorite beach of them all!! Why? because parking free and not as touristy as the other places. Siesta seemed more li...  more »
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  • Beautiful beach with powder​ like white sand cool to the touch a great experience to walk on them. The water is somewhat clear greenish color. Very calm waters with small waves. I've had and awesome experience here. Highly recommend sun glasses as the sand in conjunction with the sun will blind you.
  • The beach sand is very unique ... powdery and not scalding hot to walk barefoot over on a hot sunny day. Visited in April and weather was 80s and water was beautiful. Huge beach so finding a spot is not a problem, but get there early as parking lots full up quick! Great facilities ... bathhouse, outdoor showers, snack bar. There are lifeguards. A must visit if you're traveling in the area.
  • Clear water the day we were there. Love the new parking, still tough as this is the best beach, but can fit many more cars than a few years ago. Food and drinks are great. Only thing they can improve is bathroom/changing room.
  • Seems like a beach I could really love except our first time here wasn't great. Came on a holiday weekend. Beautiful beach. Finding parking is very very very hard. Water smelled bad, specially where natural pools formed. Loved the beautiful white sand. Sunday there's a drum circle party and dancing. Really cool. Will visit when it's not a holiday weekend and update review.
  • Beautiful, but packed! If you plan on going, get there early or plan to wait 30 min. to 1 hr. to find a parking spot. Beach is the best Sandy White with shallow entry and sand bar further out. Play ground for kids is great with covered picnic tables, food and bathrooms on sight.

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Where to stay in Siesta Key

Most of the accommodations in Siesta Key are in the northern part of the key. Here you'll find vacation rentals in condominiums and townhouses, as well as a few hotels and bed and breakfasts near the sand. This part of Siesta Key provides convenient access to both the expansive town beach and to the city of Sarasota. Moving down the key, you'll come to quieter Turtle Beach and a smattering of cottages, bed and breakfasts, and small hotels.
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