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Siesta Key
Beach Front
Crescent Beach
Public Beach
Siesta Key Village
Steps to Beach
Turtle Beach
Longboat Key
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Siesta Key beaches are the island’s premier claim to fame. From being chosen as “Best Overall” in the 1987 International Sand Contest to being named the “Best Sand Beach in America 2004” by The Travel Channel, Siesta Key beaches have accumulated numerous awards in recognition of the soft, clean, pure white sand.

The beach extends along the entire Gulf Coast of the key, but it is really three distinct areas, each with its own characteristic charm. Visitors can find ample accommodations close to the area that suits them best, but you can easily visit and enjoy all three.

Siesta Public Beach is the northernmost beach area. This broad, white beach of crystal pure sand has plenty of room for sun and fun. The texture of its (99% pure) quartz sand and the width of its shoreline contributed to its winning the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s “World’s Finest, Whitest Sand” award.

The Public Beach has a shaded picnic area, playground, pavilion, tennis courts and beach volleyball courts. There is a large public parking lot, although good parking is easiest to find early in the day. Several access roads north of the public beach provide easy pedestrian access to the beach, along with a few parking spots. Plenty of rental units in this area are within easy walking distance of Siesta Key Village and the Beach. Walking along the soft sandy beach is a pleasure for the feet and the Gulf of Mexico is a feast for the eyes, offering expansive views of glorious sunsets. Sunday evenings offer an added treat for the ears and spirit, as the drumming circle gathers on the beach to celebrate sundown. Siesta Public Beach has all the excitement of one of the world’s best beaches.

Just south of Siesta Public Beach, Crescent Beach offers a more private atmosphere, along with the “World’s Finest, Whitest Sand” (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute award) and the natural beauty of the Gulf. There is only one public access road in this area, so visitors staying in the resorts, apartments and beach clubs here enjoy a quieter beach experience. The southern part of this area, known as the Point of Rocks, is a great snorkeling and diving area. The coral rock formations that extend into the Gulf provide shelter for colorful and abundant marine life. Strolling along Crescent Beach is a peaceful way to enjoy your visit to Siesta Key.

Turtle Beach, south of Crescent Beach, offers an entirely different experience. The beach area is steeper and more narrow, but the sand is mixed with loads of shells just waiting to be gathered. Family friendly, it has a playground, picnic areas, a horseshoe pit and boat launching ramp. Fishing and swimming are permitted in the Blind Pass Lagoon. Appropriately named, Turtle Beach is known for its slower pace and quieter atmosphere, but there is still plenty to do. There are restaurants nearby, shops just a short drive away, and a few local spots for those who enjoy the nightlife.

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