Siesta Key, Florida Travel Guide

Siesta Key vacations mean miles of perfectly smooth white sand, cool blue water and tropical breezes. What are you waiting for? Enjoy paradise in Siesta Key, where you can enjoy the perfect year-round Siesta Key weather whether you're visiting the famed wild parrots, checking out the sand sculptures or experiencing why Siesta Key weddings are so popular! At Siesta Key Beach, FLorida, you'll be just as secluded and isolated as you want – this perfect Florida beach vacation destination is just a short drive from the mainland of the Florida coast, near Sarasota instead of the Florida Keys. So, grab your flip-flops and your sunscreen and find out why Siesta Key vacations will leave you feeling relaxed and excited at the same time. Got tips for our Siesta Key travel guide? Share! After reading, book one of our Siesta Key beach rentals today.

What to Do in Seista Key, Florida

Siseta Key Family VacationMost of the activities on Siesta Key focus on the picture-perfect Siesta Key beaches, which have won international awards for their pure white quartz sand. You won't burn your feet here, making it a great choice for kids. Pick one of three beaches and try snorkeling, beach volleyball, bird-watching or sand-castle building. No matter what you do, you won't regret spending your time with Siesta Key beaches and Siesta Key vacations. Rent a beachfront Siesta Key condo or villa and you'll be ready for sand and sun in no time.

Visit the Siesta Public Beach right before sunset and you'll be treated to the Siesta Key Sunday drum circle, where drummers and dancers and anyone who wants to join in celebrate the sun and the waves with rhythm and dance. And no matter what time of year you're here, you're sure to see sunset Siesta Key weddings, whether you've planned your own, are attending one, or just have the good luck to see one as you're combing the beach for shells.

If you're itching to do more than just hit the beach, you may have to drive into nearby Sarasota. Check out our Sarasota vacation guide for suggestions of what you can see and do there!

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What to See in Seista Key

Since Siesta Key vacations put you right in the Sarasota area, you'll want to visit the Ringling Museum of Art (yes, those Ringlings, but this museum is more than just a circus!) and the Sarasota Jungle Gardens.

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Where to Shop and Eat in Seista Key

Shopping in Siesta Key Beach, Florida means tons of tourist traps, which is great if you're looking for a souvenir to take home but not much else. For a true shopaholic, though, shopping in Siesta Key Village does hold a little buried treasure in the form of local jewelers, upscale boutiques (Foxy Lady has the chicest of the chic) and one-of-a-kind furniture. Siesta Key is also a short drive from the Sarasota Outlet Center and not far from Ellenton's Prime Outlets.

Siesta Key dining includes more options than Siesta Key shopping, so you'll be sure to find something no matter what your tastes are. Because most Siesta Key vacation rentals come with full kitchens, you won't have to go out for every meal if you want to save money and accommodate picky eaters. But if you do want to take it easy and let someone else do the cooking, you have plenty of delicious options:

  • The Broken Egg Restaurant – A local favorite for breakfast and lunch, you'll enjoy omelettes, pancakes, and freshly squeezed fruit juice here. The Broken Egg is kid-friendly with face pancakes and a whole selection of kid-pleasing options, while mom and dad will like more culinary choices like pineapple pepper jelly, Mediterranean salads and portobella mushroom wraps.
  • The Lobster Pot – Winners of the "Taste of Sarasota" contest, this restaurant is actually located on Siesta Key. Enjoy a New England beach tradition with a taste of more northern waters, mixing the Gulf Coast with Cape Cod. For a treat, try the Baked Stuffed Lobster Duchess, or come for lunch and enjoy a traditional lobster roll. With options ranging in price from an upscale treat (like the lobster and the filet) to much more reasonably-priced seafood and pasta dishes, you'll find food for the whole family.
  • Turtles on Little Sarasota Bay – This affordable restaurant serves lunch and dinner, with an emphasis on seafood (what else would you expect from the beach?) but plenty of options for even the pickiest eaters. For the adults in your party, Turtles has daily happy hour specials, too. It's a great place to eat and unwind.
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When to Visit Seista Key

Siesta Key VacationSiesta Key vacations are at their best in winter, when you can get away from the cold and take advantage of warm year-round Siesta Key weather. If you're coming to Siesta Key, travel on weekdays if possible to save money on plane tickets; the beaches are open all week and all year long, making Siesta Key vacations convenient any time you can score a few days away. And Siesta Key accommodations (like Siesta Key vacation rentals, condos, and villas) are comfortable even in the heat of summer.

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What to Know About Siest Key

When the snowbirds come to stay, Siesta Key's population more than doubles! The experiences you'll have meeting so many different people from all over the country makes up for the increased crowds, so book a wintertime Siesta Key vacation rental early and join the flocks.

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What to Bring to Your Siesta Key Beach Rental

Bring your swimsuit and your sunscreen, because Siesta Key vacations mean long hours on the beach no matter when you come to visit. If you stay in Siesta Key vacation rentals, you're probably in for a pleasant surprise: since vacation rental owners often use their homes themselves, many Siesta Key accommodations are stocked with beach towels, umbrellas and sand toys so you can save room in your suitcase.

 

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Local Services in Seista Key

Many local services cater to visitors who are taking Siesta Key vacations, which means you're in for a convenient and relaxing vacation no matter when you visit or what Siesta Key accommodations you rent. Cut down on packing and instead turn to rental services to provide you with beach rentals, baby rentals and bike rentals – and sometimes these can even be delivered directly to your Siesta Key vacation rental home.

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Getting To Siesta Key, Florida

Siesta Key travel is easy, whether you're driving or flying. If you can catch a flight to the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport (SRQ) you'll have a quick and easy drive to Siesta Key, and we do recommend renting a car because you'll want to have one to get between Siesta Key and the rest of the Sarasota area. If SRQ isn't an option, you can fly into Miami, Jacksonville, Tampa or Orlando if necessary.

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Why Siesta Key Vacation Rentals?

If you visit Siesta Key, you'll have your choice of Siesta Key beach rentals. But why would you choose an overpriced, unwelcoming hotel room when you could have a cozy, comfortable Siesta Key vacation rental instead? Siesta Key condos and villas have all the thoughtful touches that you'd expect from staying in somebody's actual home, all at a better price and with enough space for the entire family. Come right in off the beach and you won't have to worry about hotel lobbies, noisy neighbors, or splitting hotel rooms!

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