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5 Best Beaches In Siesta Key For Sun, Fun & Stunning Sunsets

Imagine a place with beautiful beaches, where the sand is soft and white like quartz. A place where the turquoise-colored sea is warm and crystal clear. An exotic island where people can go fishing, boating, searching for shells, or relaxing on the beach doing nothing at all. Imagine if such a place existed in the U.S.

It does, and that place is on Florida’s gulf coast. You can enjoy all those things and more in Siesta Key Florida. If you are ready for some sun and fun, then you are ready to explore the Siesta beaches.

Siesta Key is a barrier island just off the Sarasota coast. It’s the stunning white quartz sand that draws beachgoers to Siesta beach. For many years, travelers have voted Siesta Beach into the top spot for best beaches in the U.S.

But there is even more to appreciate in a Siesta Key vacation. You’ll also find good shopping, great food, and fun nighttime entertainment at Siesta Key Village.

If you are ready for some sun and fun, then let’s get right into it. Let’s look at the best beaches in Siesta Key for sun, fun, and stunning sunsets.


1) Siesta Key Beach

Visit the beach that essentially puts Siesta Key on the map. In 2022, TripAdvisor’s Travelers Choice awards gave Siesta Key Beach the number two spot on the list of top beaches in the U.S.

Siesta Key Beach takes the number one spot in the U.S. News and World Reports travel section.

Receiving such impressive accolades is high praise indeed! The powdery white quartz-crystal sand and clear blue water draw locals and visitors to this fantastic beach. Siesta Key Beach is pet friendly and a great place for fishing, swimming and sunbathing.

On-site facilities include:

  • Picnic and grilling stations

  • Playground

  • Concessions stands offering food and beverages, including beer and wine.

  • Restrooms and showers

  • Volleyball nets

  • Tennis courts

Siesta Beach is a great place to watch the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, although the impressive site does draw a crowd.


2) Point Of Rocks

Head to Rocks Beach for the best snorkeling and shell collecting. This unique beach gets its name from the large limestone shelf extending into the water.

Rocks Beach is located just two miles south of Siesta Key Beach, at the southern end of Crescent Beach. Use public beach access point 12. There is only a small parking lot, so arrive early.


3) Shell Beach

Shell Beach is a quiet, secluded spot that is sometimes mired in controversy. The beach is tucked into a residential neighborhood, with ongoing disputes between residents and beachgoers about where the private beach ends and public access begins. Watch for the private access signs. It may be necessary to go through the water to get there.

It’s located at the north end of Siesta Key, at beach access point one, directly across from Lido Key. It is also commonly called Shell Road beach.


Lido Key – Neighbor Of Siesta Key

Looking for one of Sarasota’s hidden gems? Head to Lido Key, the quieter neighbor of Siesta Key.

Lido Key is directly across the bay from Sarasota, a 10-minute drive from Bayfront Park. You’ll find plenty of white sand and clear blue water here without the crowds of Siesta Key. Shell hunters especially will appreciate the wide stretches of beach to explore in search of treasures.


4) Turtle Beach At Siesta Key

About 2.5 miles south of Point of Rocks Beach lies Turtle Beach, one of the best beaches in Siesta Key for animal lovers.

Turtle Beach is aptly named for the hundreds of turtles who arrive during nesting season to lay their eggs. Nesting season happens between May and October when you will most likely see the female turtles digging their nests in the sand.


5) Palmer Point Beach Park At Siesta Key

Less than a mile south of Turtle Beach is Palmer Point Beach Park, popular for fishing, boating, and hiking. Bring, or rent, a kayak or paddleboard so you can explore from the water. Be on the lookout for a possible manatee or dolphin sighting!

Palmer Point is also one of the best Siesta Key beaches for bird watchers. Take one of the hiking trails and look for ospreys, great blue herons, egress, and pelicans.

Directly across from Palmer Point Park you can spot neighboring Bird Keys and the Jim Neville Marine Preserve.


Siesta Key Adventure And Sunset Cruises

Head out on the water and see the beautiful Siesta Key beaches from a different perspective. You can relax, listen to music and enjoy a glass of wine on board our luxury boat. We’ll show you the quartz-crystal beaches, sandbars, and amazing luxury homes of Siesta Key with a view from the water.

On our sunset cruise, you’ll enjoy a breathtaking Siesta Key sunset from the water, without the crowds. With the Sarasota skyline as a backdrop, you’ll enjoy a glass of wine and watch as the sun sets over the Gulf of Mexico.

Book one of our customizable cruise tours! We look forward to meeting you!


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