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Top Reasons to Visit Siesta Key This Year

Siesta Key is a Florida Gulf Coast gem where the sand is as soft as powdered sugar, and every day feels like a scene straight out of a postcard. From pristine beaches, to an array of activities at your fingertips, fantastic dining and more – Siesta Key is a world-class destionation. Whether you’re looking for total relaxation, or an adventurous Florida getaway, Siesta Key has you covered. Let’s dive into some of the top reasons why we feel Siesta Key should be on your vacation destination list!

Incredible Beaches

Beach in front of the Anchorage in Siesta Key

Siesta Key is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the world. The island’s main Siesta Beach boasts powdery soft, cool-to-the-touch quartz sand and it is consistently ranked among the top beaches globally, thanks to its pristine beauty and crystal-clear waters. The wide stretch of sand is perfect for lounging in the sun, playing beach volleyball, or collecting seashells. With public facilities, concessions and ample free parking, this beach has everything you need for an excellent day by the water. At the southern end of the island, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach offer a quieter atmosphere, great shelling and the opportunity to see nesting sea turtles during the summer months.

Water Sports

Dive into adventure with a variety of water activities available on Siesta Key. Jet skiing and parasailing caters to thrill-seekers, while paddle boarding or kayaking tours offer the best way to explore the natural landscapes and see wildlife up close. Excellent snorkeling can be found at Point of Rocks on the southern end of Crescent Beach, where limestone formations and calm waters draw schools of fish, manatees and dolphins. On Siesta Key, there are endless ways to make a splash and create lasting memories on the water.


Cast your line and reel in the big catch in the fishing paradise of Siesta Key. Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a novice, the waters surrounding the island offer ample opportunities to catch snapper, tarpon and more. There are a variety of inshore and offshore fishing charters available throughout the island with expert guides to take you to all the best fishing spots Siesta Key has to offer.

Dining & Nightlife

Outdoor dining in Siesta Key

Siesta Key’s eclectic dining scene is where fresh seafood, tropical flavors, and international cuisines collide. You can easily find a casual bite with Old Florida flair or a gourmet culinary experience – everything in between. Nightlife on Siesta Key is filled with live music, tropical cocktail bars and dance clubs, with most of the hotspots centered around the village areas of the island.

Relaxation and Wellness

Unwind and rejuvenate your body, mind, and soul with a blissful day of relaxation and wellness on Siesta Key. This island is the perfect place to treat yourself to a soothing massage or facial at a day spa, or practice yoga on the beach as you soak up the island’s tranquil vibes. Since the wide beach spans the length of the island, you can always take a long meditative walk and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

Family-Friendly Fun

From building sandcastles with the help of an expert to embarking on exciting dolphin-watching tours, there’s no shortage of fun-filled adventures for kids of all ages on Siesta Key. Active families will enjoy kayak tours through the mangrove tunnels on Lido Key, while thrilling animal encounters and amusement parks can be found in nearby Sarasota. This area is also known for over-the-top mini golf courses that are truly fun for the whole family! Check out Smugglers Cover Adventure Golf for a pirate-themed round filled with waterfalls, alligators, and pirate ships. 

Village Atmosphere

Cute shops in Siesta Key

Siesta Key Village is a classic Florida shopping and dining district, where quaint shops and cozy cafes fill a tree-lined promenade. Take a leisurely stroll and window shop, enjoy a coffee or ice cream, or stop at one of the many casual restaurants or bars. Or check out South Village, where laid-back vibes are on the menu at the rooftop Daiquiri Deck or the Sniki Tiki Bar. The whole island is easily navigated by walking, renting a bicycle or golf cart, or taking the free trolley which runs daily. 

Arts and Culture

One of the unique features of Siesta Key is the thriving arts culture, with local artists showcasing their work in boutiques and street fairs. Siesta Key Village is the epicenter of the local art scene, where you can find local art and crafts at Beach Bazaar and Gidget’s Coastal Provisions. Musicians and street performers tend to spend time in this area creating a colorful atmosphere as well. For a uniquely Siesta Key cultural experience, join the community every Sunday to participate in Siesta Key Drum Circle, a free-spirited celebration with music and dancing at sunset.

Booking a vacation rental on Siesta Key is the ultimate way to immerse yourself in the island’s laid-back lifestyle and make the most of your getaway. With spacious accommodations, convenient amenities, and prime locations just steps from the beach, Global’s Siesta Key rentals offer the perfect home away from home. Start planning your dream vacation to Siesta Key today and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime. See you in paradise!

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