• Sunset on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is favorite among Sarasota, Florida visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key's, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Photo by Marjie Goldberg. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Siesta Beach is favorite among Sarasota, Florida visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key's, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Photo by Nita Ettinger. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Aerial view of Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida. Siesta Beach is favorite among Sarasota, Florida visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key's, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Photo by Elizabeth Barnett. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Siesta Beach is favorite among Sarasota, Florida visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key's, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Children's playground at Siesta Beach. Siesta Beach is favorite among Sarasota, Florida visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key's, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Photo by Jennifer Brinkman. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.
  • Drum Circle. Siesta Beach is favorite among Sarasota, Florida visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key's, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Photo by Debi Pittman Wilkey. Must Do Visitor Guides, MustDo.com.

Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach is favorite among visitors and residents alike. It’s 99 percent pure quartz sand—perhaps the finest and whitest you’ll ever see earned Siesta Key’s, Siesta Beach a No. 1 rating on Dr. Beach’s annual list of America’s Best Beaches. Folks travel from across the globe (or across town) just to set up a chair, or spread a towel on the powder-sugar soft sand and peer out into the crystal blue Gulf of Mexico waters. Wildlife sightings include dolphins, manatees, egrets, pelicans, seagulls, and other coastal birds are quite common.

Siesta Beach Concessions and Amenities

Siesta Beach amenities include restrooms, lifeguards on duty year-round, concessions selling a variety of refreshments and snacks, beach chair and umbrella rentals, a children’s playground, lighted tennis courts, outdoor showers, BBQ grills, and covered picnic areas.

Easy handicap accessibility for pedestrians and users of wheelchairs, strollers, and beach carts via the 450-foot Mobi-Mat pathway, which extends across the sand from the concession pavilion towards the Gulf of Mexico. Handicap wheelchairs and floating handicap wheelchairs are also available; they can be signed-out at the concession area at the Pavillion.

Volleyball, Drum Circle, Sand Castles, and Fireworks

Besides sunbathing and swimming, Sarasota’s Siesta Beach is a great place to fly a kite or play beach volleyball. You can even take in one of the beach volleyball tournaments that are hosted throughout the year.

Sunday evenings year ’round folks gather near the Siesta Beach Pavilion just before sunset for the weekly Siesta Key Drum Circle.

The Siesta Key 4th of July fireworks are launched here over the Gulf water providing a spectacular backdrop.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival takes place in the Fall each year. There is also an amateur sand castle contest the second weekend in May.

Award-Winning Siesta Beach

This Siesta Key public beach has garnered a number of accolades including a No.1 ranking one on Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman’s (AKA “Dr. Beach”) 2011 annual list of America’s Best Beaches. AARP rates Siesta Beach as the No. 1 Beach – Best Beaches in the World 2015. USA Today Readers Choice Top Beaches in Florida. TripAdvisor No.1 Travelers’ Choice™ Top 25 Beaches – United States. Ranked No. 6 on National Geographic’s Top 10 U.S. Family Beaches list.

Although there is a large free parking area with 850 parking spaces, it fills up quickly during peak season so plan to arrive early in the day. Several access points are found north of the public lot along Beach Road but parking is very limited. Beach wheelchairs are available at no cost year-round for transport from parking areas to the shore, they can be signed-out at the concession area.

Those wanting an escape from the midday sunshine can take a short walk from the north end of Siesta Beach to Siesta Key Village. There are dozens of shops, cafés and restaurants where you will find everything you need for a pleasant lunch, ice cream sundae or a fine meal in the open air.

Siesta Key Beach Frequently Asked Questions

Is Siesta Beach Free?

Parking and admission is free to all the beaches on Siesta Key –Siesta Public Beach, Crescent Beach, and Turtle Beach. Siesta Public Beach has a large parking lot with 850 spaces.

Is There Food at Siesta Key Beach?

Yes! There is no need to lug a heavy cooler to the beach. Siesta Public Beach has a concession at the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion that serves food from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily weather permitting. They offer hamburgers, hot dogs, healthy salads, Paninis, nachos, and other snacks. Most items are prepared to order, and they even offer specials. They also have beer and wine, along with a selection of soft drinks.

Is Alcohol Allowed on Siesta Key Beach?

Yes, it is legal to drink alcoholic beverages on Sarasota County beaches. Glass containers are not allowed on the beach.

Is Smoking Allowed on Siesta Key Beach?

Yes, unfortunately, Florida statues don’t allow city or county governments to prohibit smoking in public venues including parks and beaches. Smokers are encouraged not to smoke but if you must, please properly dispose of the butts– do not bury them in the sand.

Does Siesta Key’s Beaches have Shells?

Yes, all of the beaches on Siesta Key have shells. You can find shells–and sometimes sand dollars–on Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach, and Turtle Beach. The best opportunity for finding seashells is by exploring the water’s edge at low tide or after a storm. One rule of thumb: if a shell contains a live creature, leave it on the beach. Taking live shells–including starfish, sand dollars, and sea urchins is illegal, and the fine for doing so is $500 per shell, even if it is your first offense! If you find a live shell or one with a creature in it, gently place it back into the water, rather than throwing it because that can kill or maim the creature inside.

Does Siesta Key Beach have Restrooms?

Siesta Public Beach and Turtle Beach have restroom facilities. There are no restrooms available on Crescent Beach.

Is Siesta Key Beach Dog Friendly?

No dogs are allowed on Siesta Key’s beaches. However, Brohard Beach and Paw Park in Venice allows dogs.

Read our blog articles about beach safetyFlorida Sunshine Survival Tips, best Siesta Key beach parkingand be sure to check out the article and infographic about Sarasota’s top beaches

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