Located approximately 60 miles south of Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast, Siesta Key is an eight-mile-long barrier island connected to Sarasota by two bridges (north bridge on Siesta Drive and south bridge on Stickney Point Drive). Upon entering the Key, the winding roads to the beaches and to the village are lined with lush greenery, tall palm trees and an abundance of tropical shrubs making for a magical place. The beaches are refreshingly natural and breathtaking with their tall willow grasses, turtle nests and mangroves which provide a safe haven for the area's wildlife.
Founded in 1846, there are now approximately 23,000 full- and part-time residents on the Key. Siesta Key has long been a popular family vacation destination. Boasting warm tropical waters and fresh gulf breezes, Siesta Key offers tourists and locals the perfect mix of warm Florida sunshine and fun outdoor attractions. From walking on the #1 rated Siesta Key Beach to enjoying a tropical drink at one of the village's open-air restaurants, a Siesta Key vacation is the perfect place to get away from life's busy hustle and bustle.
When planning your vacation, there are many beachside resorts and vacation rentals to choose from. For your convenience, we have listed many of the area's top Siesta Key hotels and Siesta Key resorts on this site. Many of these resorts and hotels are just a short walk or shuttle ride to the Village and its restaurants. Many of the Key's restaurants and bars offer casual open-air dining with daily live entertainment specializing in seafood delights such as lobster, raw oysters, crab, shrimp, scallops and the catch of the day. Click to view the Siesta Key village and South Key restautants.
When vacationing on the Key, there are many beachside resorts and vacation rentals to choose from. For your convenience, we have listed many of the area's top Siesta Key hotels and Siesta Key resorts on this site. Many of these resorts and hotels are just a short walk or golf cart shuttle ride to the Village and its restaurants. Many of the Key's restaurants and bars offer casual open-air dining with daily live entertainment specializing in seafood delights such as lobster, raw oysters, crab, shrimp, scallops anf the catch of the day. Click to view the Siesta Key village and South Key restautants.
Experience the sights and sounds of Siesta Key and its beaches in these amazing HD quality videos produced by local videographers and video enthusiasts. See the Key and its beauty from a bird's eye view with the use of aerial drone photography. Make sure your volume is on to experience the full effect! To view all videos of Siesta Key, visit our videos page.
When looking at the various beach sands of the Suncoast area, we can easily see that there is quite a variance in color, size and texture. The lightest sand is Siesta Key Beach which is almost pure quartz giving it a snow-like appearance and a cool temperature even on the hottest of Florida's summer days. The nearby beaches of Venice and Lido are darker in color and have a good mixture of sand and crushed shell which are a warmer to the touch on a sunny day.
Close up view comparing sand size and texture of the various Suncoast beaches including Venice Beach, Turtle Beach, Siesta Key Beach, Lido Key Beach and Longboat Key.
Venice Beach Sand
Turtle Beach Sand
Siesta Beach Sand
Lido Beach Sand
Longboat Key Sand
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