Located approximately 55 miles south of Tampa on Florida's Gulf Coast, Siesta Key is an eight-mile-long barrier island connected to Sarasota by two bridges. Founded in 1846, there are now approximately 24,000 full- and part-time residents of Siesta Key.
While all the conveniences of modern life are easily accessible, Siesta Key is still remote enough to give one a feeling of old Florida. Bursting with lush foliage, mature trees and tropical flowering shrubs line the winding routes to the village and the beaches. The beaches are refreshingly natural, with protected wild sea oats and mangroves providing a protective habitat for the scores of native island birds that share the island, as well as the dolphins, manatees and other aquatic wildlife living just offshore.
Siesta Beach was named one of America's Top 10 beaches for 2004 by the Travel Channel and Best Sand Beach
Siesta Beach is ranked second of Florida's top 10 Beaches for 2003 by the Travel Channel
Siesta Beach is one of the top 10 beaches in the U.S., according to the Scientist Dr. Beach, who rates beach cleanliness
Siesta Beach is rated one of the best beaches for walking by National Geographic Traveler. They said, "White quartz sand perfect for castle building", and stays cool on hot days
Siesta Beach is rated one of the nation's cleanest blue wave beaches by the Clean Beaches Council
USA Today.com reader poll ranked Siesta Beach third in its list of top 10 United States beaches
Siesta Beach voted Best Beach 2000 by Florida Living Magazine