Known as having the “World’s Finest Whitest Sand”
A short drive from downtown Sarasota, Siesta Key sits adjacent to the glittering Gulf of Mexico and twice its Siesta Public Beach has been named the nation’s best beach. This quaint and quirky 8-mile-long island offers shopping, resorts, dining and nightlife.
Known for its brilliant quartz sand, turquoise waters and many beachside amenities, Siesta Key is a must-visit island paradise. The bright, white sands of Siesta Key are 99% pure quartz and is always cool to the touch. Since Quartz is said to have magical healing powers, many come to Siesta’s pristine white sand to take in its mystical powers.
Siesta Key offers something for everyone. Siesta Key is a romantic getaway for couples, a family vacation destination and a playground for active sports enthusiasts. Siesta Village is famous for its wild parrots as well as many other shore birds including terns, plovers, ibis, spoonbills, and storks. Bird Watching is a popular pastime for visitors. Siesta Key is also known for World-Class sand sculptures. The finest sand sculpture artists the world show up to work their magic in the sand at the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. There are almost 50 miles of canals and waterways inside Siesta Key which is also surrounded by water, the Intracoastal waterway, Sarasota Bay, Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico.
Looking for arts and culture, head in to near-by Sarasota for great restaurants and fabulous shopping. Further south, discover Historic Venice and its friendly village ambiance. Golfers, bikers, boaters and fishermen, it goes without saying – you won’t be disappointed.