Welcome to Siesta Key
An idyllic island along Sarasota’s coast with the best beach in the US.
Siesta Key is one of six barrier islands positioned off the coast of Sarasota, Florida, and is a sought-after place. To experience the bustling city of downtown Sarasota, the commute is only 20 minutes away. Siesta Key Beach has consistently been rated as having the prettiest beach in the United States, making this laid-back community a paradise to call home. Compared to the other barrier islands along Sarasota’s coast, property lots tend to be larger and more spacious.
Most homes are in or near Siesta Village, a quaint, walkable downtown about a half-mile long with several top restaurants, shops, and cafes. Locals tend to hang out and connect with fellow neighbors, family, and friends, as it is the island's social center. There is no shortage of outdoor green spaces to stay fit and enjoy nature, whether going for a hike, a run, or a bike ride. The island comes together annually to sample delicious seafood and listen to great live music at the Siesta Beach Seafood & Music Festival in December.
What to Love
- Siesta Key Beach, voted the best beach in the country
- Upscale dining and shopping at Siesta Village
- Most homes enjoy a beachfront or water canal view
- City amenities are minutes away from downtown Sarasota
Residents have access to sugary white-sand beaches, year-round sunshine, warm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and a walkable community. Besides hanging out at the beach, popular activities that locals enjoy are cycling, hiking, boating, kayaking, tennis, pickleball, snorkeling, and fishing.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Siesta Key is Sarasota's most well-known barrier island, specifically for its world-renowned and gorgeous beaches. But it also has a wealth of excellent restaurants to suit any mood, whether you’re looking for casual beach vibes or upscale fine dining. Living on an island with access to the Gulf of Mexico, seafood reigns as a top dining selection. The Siesta Key Summer House is a sophisticated seafood and steak restaurant with calming blue hues and mouth-watering entrees. The casual Spearfish Grille and fine dining at The Cottage are stand-out selections for seafood caught the same day. Elegant seafood dining and exceptional waterfront views welcome diners at Ophelia’s on the Bay.
Elevated pub fare featuring seafood bites, Latin street food, and island décor is a hit at Island House Tap & Grill. Miguel’s French cuisine blends global flavors to delight guests. Italian lovers have two top choices for traditional Italian dishes at Café Gabbiano and Flavio’s. Star Thai Sushi offers conventional Thai cuisine accented with Japanese plates and sushi.
Siesta Key Village is the number-one area for high-end shopping at boutique-style shops and gift shops, while The South Village near Crescent Beach has additional luxury and everyday stores.
Things to Do
Siesta Key is home to the most spectacular beaches in the U.S., making it an in-demand place to purchase a home. Residents can get around the island via the Siesta Key Breeze Trolley, making multiple stops from Siesta Village down to Turtle Beach. The top three beaches north to south of the isle are Siesta Key Beach, Crescent Beach, and Turtle Beach. Each has ivory-white sand and turquoise waters of the Gulf kissing the shoreline. Besides lounging on the beach, locals can enjoy kiteboarding, snorkeling, beach volleyball, fishing, and shelling.
The premier spot to play a game of tennis or pickleball is at the Sarasota Surf & Racquet Club, where you can join a game with your neighbors. Hop on The Legacy Trail and bike the flat 18 miles leading from Sarasota to Venice on what used to be the old railroad corridor. Or bike along Siesta Key’s beachfront that stretches for 8 miles of pristine views. Those seeking to get out into nature can explore the various trails at the Red Bug Slough Preserve.
Roaming lush tropical gardens, visitors to the Sarasota Jungle Gardens can see exotic birds, flamingos, small mammals, snakes, crocodiles, and primates, many of which are rescued. Kayaking along the coast, bayfront, or mangroves, you may get a treat with a glimpse of a manatee or a dolphin cruising by.
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