Siesta Key Guide

Visiting Siesta Key

The barrier island of Siesta Key is 8 miles long.  The Gulf of Mexico waters keep the island cooler in the summer than is found further inland and warmer in the winter during cold snaps. Freezes are much less common on Siesta Key than inland Sarasota. Siesta Key is known for its beach that boasts the whitest and finest sand in the world. Siesta Key is the most popular vacation spot in Sarasota. Many of the available vacation accommodations are located right on the beach.

Siesta Key offers a wide variety of accommodations to fit every budget. From luxury homes and condos available to rent, to efficiencies and motels.

There are two drawbridges that link Siesta Key to the mainland. The south bridge, on Stickney Point Road leads directly to I-75 as it changes name to Clark Road heading east toward Arcadia. On the northern tip of the Key the drawbridge links Siesta Key into Sarasota. Both bridges cross the Intracoastal Waterway and open to allow larger boats to pass. A portion of the north end of Siesta Key lies within the boundaries of the City of Sarasota, while the majority of Siesta Key lies in the unincorporated Sarasota County.

 

There are two main shopping areas on Siesta Key. Just a bit north of the public beach is Siesta Key Village, also just known on the key as "the village." There are several dozen boutiques, restaurants, bars and real estate offices located in the village as well as a small, but well stocked, supermarket. Just to the south of where Stickney Point road meets Midnight Pass Road is the second commercial district. Several similar boutiques and offices are located here as well. In addition there are some very unique restaurants here and further south on Siesta Key towards Turtle Beach.
There are only approximately 12-thousand people who call Siesta Key home year-round. The population nearly doubles during the winter as the hundreds of condominiums and hotel rooms fill up as the "snowbirds," or part-time residents arrive. Take a stroll on Siesta Beach and you'll hear many different languages spoken as Siesta Key is a popular destination for people from around the world.

Also visit the Siesta Key Guide for more information.