Siesta Key Sands
Siesta Key, Florida is very proud of our sand. In fact, we have the “World’s Finest Whitest Sand”. You’ll find beautiful seashells on Siesta’s white sands, and you’ll find the finest beach-front vacation rentals and showcase homes on the Key, too. What else can you find on the sands of Siesta Key?
You are sure to see and hear our wild parrots and the friendly pelicans while you stroll the breathtaking 8 mile long barrier island that is Siesta Key. Siesta Village is famous for its wild parrots up in the swaying palm trees as well as many other shore birds including terns, plovers, ibis, spoonbills, and storks. Bird watching is one of the favorite activities of residents and visitors alike. The many varieties of wading birds, like the beautiful snowy egret, and the great heron are just a few of the different types on our beaches and in our village. Keep an eye out for our 4 to 5 foot tall Florida Sand Hill Cranes with their bright red heads and distinctive calling sounds. You will often see two walking side by side since they mate for life. Our birds seem to live comfortably among the people of Siesta Key.
Many species of exotic flowers, tropical trees and flowering shrubs and plants thrive in our sub-tropical climate as well.
Offshore dolphins and manatees are often spotted frolicking in the gulf and bay waters.
The bright, white sands of Siesta Key are 99% pure quartz and is always cool to the touch. Quartz is said to have magical healing powers. Maybe this is why the residents and visitors on the beaches of Siesta Key always seem so happy. Many come to Siesta’s pristine white sand to take in its mystical powers.
You might find something even a little more valuable than magical quartz in the sands of Siesta Key. Go west to Siesta Key’s Point of Rocks and you could just find a centuries old buried pirate’s treasure. Legend has it that the area at Point of Rocks was often visited by pirates burying treasure. Point of Rocks also happens to be hailed as the best snorkeling on the west coast of Florida!
If you happen to be on Siesta Key in early May, you may see some pretty unusual things in the sands. No, not sand castles, but 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. This is a world class event, you won’t want to miss.
You may even want to stay steps from this magical sand during your stay on Siesta Key, and you don’t need a tent. There are cottages, bungalows, homes and 4-star resorts for rent throughout Siesta Key, and on the mainland of Sarasota just a few miles away over the bridge.
If there were a sand contest, Siesta Key would surely win it. Oh, wait, Siesta Key did win the International Sand Contest in 1987 for having the best overall sand. Did you catch the International part? That means that Siesta Key has the best sand in the world! The Travel Channel doesn’t disagree. In 2004 the Travel Channel’s Best Beaches in America show featured Siesta Key as the Best Sand Beach. Siesta Key has won many, many other best beach and best sand contests over the years as well. It’s no wonder the town has made the sand its motto. Siesta Key truly does have the World’s Finest Whitest Sand.
Watersports abound on Siesta Key. For the energetic you'll find excellent sailboarding, fishing, snorkeling; or how about a little Parasailing? If you prefer more relaxation in your vacation, a personalized boat or sailing charter might be more enticing.
Along Midnight Pass Road to the south and along Beach Road to the north of Crescent Beach are several public beach accesses and parking. At the south end of the key is Turtle Beach. The beach is not as crowded as Siesta Key Beach and has a great abundance of seashells. South of Turtle Beach is Palmer Point Beach, a remote stretch of sand and sea oats. Since Midnight Pass has filled in with sand, you can now walk from Palmer Point Beach to Casey Key.
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. Temporary docking is available at several local restaurants and many of the condominiums have boat docks available for renters. For your enjoyment, there are many marinas offering charters, guided tours and boat rentals.
And did we mention, WE ARE NOW THE NATION'S BEST BEACH !