Siesta Key is a barrier island just west of Sarasota, Florida. It's famous for its white sandy beaches, thriving nightlife scene and has an abundance of first class beachfront resorts and rentals. The Key is a popular destination for the Sarasota locals but becomes more crowded from November through April (known as season) as the snowbirds and tourists flock to the area to soak up the warm Florida sun. The Key boasts an array of outdoor recreational activities and makes for the perfect family vacation or romantic weekend get-a-way. The Key is a quick 15 - 20 minute commute from the local Sarasota-Bradenton Int'l Airport (SRQ) or a little over an hour's commute from the larger Tampa Int'l Airport (TPA). View our Gettng Here resource page about planning your flight(s) and/or rental car.
Siesta Beach Main Entrance
The main attraction on the Key is the world famous Siesta Key Beach. It was recently named as the Number 1 Beach in America in 2015 and again in 2017 by Trip Advisor's Traveler's Choice Award. Siesta Key Beach is composed mainly of pure quartz which gives the sand a snow-like appearance and keeps beachgoers cool even on the hottest of Florida's summer days. The beach is hundreds of yards wide, providing easy access for tourists and locals alike to enjoy the warm Gulf waters. This public beach, which has recently undergone a large-scale renovation in 2015, has many amenities including sand volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, covered picnic shelters, outdoor grills, plenty of public parking and close proximity to the Siesta Key Village.
Besides the well-known Siesta Key Beach, the Key also has two other beaches -- Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. Crescent Beach, located directly south of the public Siesta Key Beach, is mostly private for the vacationers of the beachfront resorts which line its shoreline. Crescent Beach does not offer a public parking lot nor does it have lifeguards on duty. Turtle Beach, located at the southern end of the Key, is mostly visited by the locals seeking to avoid the large tourist crowds. This public beach, which borders Blind Pass Lagoon, is the perfect spot to go kayaking, canoeing or paddle boarding . The park also provides a boat ramp allowing easy access to launch small watercraft. Once your small boat or jet ski are in the water, a short 15 - 20 minute trip on the scenic Intracoastal waterway provides access to the Gulf via Sarasota Bay (to the north) or the Venice Jetty (to the south).
Siesta Beach Entrance
History of Siesta Key, FL
This island has had various names over the years. During the 1800s and early 1900s it was known as Sarasota Key. Common usage of the name Siesta, taken from a residential development at the island's north side, began shortly after 1907 but was not officially applied until 1952. Early access to the island was by boat. Building of the first bridge in 1917 enabled automobiles to reach the Gulf beaches, which quickly became popular. Bathing pavilions and a casino for the public were built by I. G. Archibald, Frank Roberts and Andrew McAnsh between 1919-30.
With an average of 251 sunny days per year and an average temperature of 73', Siesta Key has ideal weather climate for its many beachgoers. During the summer months, Siesta Key has an average high in the low 90's and in the winter months, the average high drops to the low 70s. More importantly, the humidity or dew point of the air drops considerably in the winter months making for very enjoyable weather conditions to enjoy outdoor activities such as biking or just taking a stroll around the village.
Annually, Siesta Key receives an average of 51.8 inches of rain and experiences 107 days with preciptation throughout the year. Unlike being up north, an intense rainstrom quickly turns back into bright sunshine and blue skies as the Gulf currents keep the weather in constant motion.
When looking at the demographics data for Siesta Key (based upon to 2010 Census Data), one gets a good overview of the area. We can clearly see that the majority of the population (95.3%) is white; the median age (63.9 years) is well above the Florida average of 41.5 years; the average household size is less than the state of Florida and that the median household income ($71,516) is well above the Florida average of $46,036. See exact breakdown os the statistics below.
Population & Household Data
Population Most Recent City Population (2010)
Population Density The number of residents per square mile of area.
Population Change The percent change in the city's population since 2000.
Household Size (2013 Data) Siesta Key, FL State of FL
1.9 people 2.5 people
Gender Ratio (2010 Data) Male Population 3,045 Female Population 3,520
Median Age (2010 Data) Siesta Key, FL State of FL
63.9 years 41.5 years
Race & Ethnic Origin
Race (2010 Data) White 6,256 Hispanic 174 Two or more Races 59 Asian 45 Black 18 American Indian 10 Other 2 Native Hawaiian 1
95.3% 2.7% 0.9% 0.7% 0.3% 0.2% 0.03% 0.02%
Median Household Income (2013 Data) Siesta Key, FL State of FL
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