In 2015 TripAdvisor‘s traveler’s choice awarded Siesta Key with the top spot on their best beaches in the US list. It is also consistently rated as one of the top beaches by Dr. Beach. It’s easy to see why when you get there. The fine white sand. The crystal clear water. The beach is beautiful!
The beach is located less than 10 miles from I-75 near Sarasota. This beach is one of Mallory and my favorites because it is easy to get to, less than an hour from our house, and even when its busy doesn’t really feel overcrowded.
Those crystal clear waters are perfect for all kinds of water-sports. Rent a Hobie cat and sail up and down the shore. Bring your mask and snorkel and see if you and find some shark’s teeth in the sand. If your feeling extra adventurous take in the beautiful views from above the Gulf while parasailing. You are sure to have a good time with any of these water based activities.
Once you’re done on the beach make your way over to Ocean Blvd. On Ocean Blvd you will find a ton of cute shops where you can find souvenirs, as well as beachy home goods. Mallory’s favorite shop on Siesta key is Gidget’s Coastal Provisions. At Gidget’s we found some great art, clothes and jewelry.
There is no shortage of restaurants on Siesta Key. If you’re hungry on the beach stop by one of the concession stands. While we were there this weekend we also saw pizza being served from a food truck. Our favorite part about the concession stands on the beach is that you can get a bucket full of Strawberry Daiquiri, Pina Colada, or margarita!
On Ocean Blvd near the shopping you’ll also find some great restaurants. We have had really good meals at The Cottage, but some other local favorites are the Oyster Bar, Big Water Fish Market, and 3.14 Pi Craft Beer and Spirits.
Right next to all of the shops and restaurants on Ocean Blvd you will find some bars with great happy hour deals. At the Daiquiri Deck they have 35 different options for frozen drinks along with live music. Just up the road you will find another local favorite The Old Salty Dog.