If the perfect vision of water, sand, and sun is what you seek, you can find it on Siesta Key. The narrow barrier island stretches just eight miles from tip to toe, but the legends of these sands linger far past the beaches. Dr. Beach and TripAdvisor.com have rated Siesta Key the #1 beach in the United States.
Siesta Key’s sand proves remarkably soft and brilliantly white, with a bevy of crushed white quartz highlighting the turquoise hues of the Gulf of Mexico. Accent the image with tropical foliage and incredible weather for the ideal image of a beach escape to a tropical paradise.
It’s the perfect locale to take advantage of Florida’s year-round weather with everything from fishing and sightseeing charters to watersports equipment rentals. Known as the “cradle of the ocean,” Siesta Key is a subtropical estuary home to more than 1,400 native plants and animals. Mangroves and reefs are abundant and fishermen can delight in the myriad of snook, tarpon and sea trout.
In the Siesta Key Village, you’ll find unique items from talented local artisans. A fine Saturday morning farmers market, pleasantly busy retail district in the village, and a smaller version at the Siesta South shopping area offer pleasant excursions.
Living here is nothing short of laid back. Here is a place where bathing suits are an acceptable attire for any occasion. A variety of habitats speckle the island including grand, waterfront estates, condominiums and Key West-style cottages and bungalows all varying in bright colors and hues. The historic and upscale Sanderling Club showcases rich and diverse architecture, some of the best work from the famed Sarasota School of Architecture’s Paul Rudolph. The Sanderling Club has made it its mission to not only preserve the history of its architecture, but also its Florida ecology in order to give its residents a true replication of Old Florida living.