Siesta Key is home to several beaches, each with their own special qualities including Siesta Key Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. Siesta Key Public Beach, which has recently undergone a large renovation of its parking and facilities in 2015, is best known for its accolades by Dr. Beach, Trip Advisor, The Travel Channel and USA Today for being the Number 1 Beach in America or a "Top 10" Beach in Florida. The lesser known beaches on the Key are Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. Crescent Beach, which is mostly private for the vacationers of the beachfront resorts, does not offer a public parking lot nor does it have lifeguards on duty. Turtle Beach, located at the south end of the Key, is mostly visited by locals and additionally offers an adjacent lagoon which is perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding or launching small watercraft.
Siesta Key Public Beach, unlike any other beach in Florida, is composed mainly of pure quartz which gives it a snow-like appearance and keeps beachgoers cool even on the hottest of days. This powder like white sand has enabled Siesta Key Beach to win numerous accolades and awards as mentioned on this page. Most notably, it was named as the # 1 Beach in America in 2017 and 2015 by Trip Advisors' Traveler's Choice Award and again as the # 1 Beach in America in 2017 by Dr. Beach (Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman). Besides it's unique sand, the beach is hundreds of yards wide providing easy access for tourists and locals alike to enjoy the warm Gulf waters. This public beach also 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.
The long-awaited $21.5 million-dollar renovation of the Siesta Key Beach facilities and parking is now complete. Beachgoers now see new expanded parking lots and tennis courts, as well as an updated pavilion and elevated concession area providing panoramic beach views. Access points now comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, along with upgraded picnic tables, playground equipment and updated restrooms. The area has also been beautifully landscaped with native vegetation.
Crescent Beach, located just south of the world-famous Siesta Key Beach, is more of a private beach for the Siesta Key resorts that operate in this space. Crescent Beach, with is pristine white sand, offers resort-goers a quieter, non-public beach setting. Crescent beach starts at the end of the public Siesta Key beach and continues south to Point of Rocks. This stretch of the beach is typically covered with bright, colorful umbrellas branded with each resort's name. There is one small public access point to this section of beach located across the street from Captain Curt's on Midnight Pass Road. Public parking is very limited but easily accessible by foot or bicycle.
Located on the southern end of Siesta Key, directly across the street from the Turtle's Restaurant, is Turtle Beach. Since this public beach is off the beaten path, it's more a favorite for Sarasota locals seeking to enjoy a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun. Although a public beach, no lifeguards are on duty. This beach, which offers a boat ramp, is also a popular spot for locals to launch their boat, jet ski, canoe, kayak or paddleboard. In the center of the park is Blind Pass Lagoon which connects to the Intracoastal waterway allowing quick access to Sarasota Bay or the Venice Jetty. This beach park also offers a large picnic shelter with picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a volleyball court and horseshoe court.
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