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Beautiful Siesta Key Beach: Home to “The Whitest & Finest Sand in the World”

Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida

Sarasota’s Siesta Key Beach often ranks near the top of most travel publications “best of” beaches lists. Travel Channel rated it “The Best Sand Beach in America,” in 2004. This is because the sand is 99% quartz. The sand is absolutely soft and beautiful, and it doesn’t get too hot to touch. Mike and I decided to make a trip out to Sarasota to check another Florida Gulf Coast beach off our list.

As soon as we drove in, we already knew it was going to be a better atmosphere than other beaches we have visited, as we did not have to circle around attempting to find parking! There is a large lot here with plenty of spaces available. Also, the roads leading into the beach were much less congested.

A nice tropical palm tree lined entrance leads you to the beach

Tropical entrance to Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida

The beach itself was very beautiful: long and wide with gorgeous smooth white sand and clear water. The water was a bit cooler with more waves than other Gulf coast beaches, thus leading to more ideal swimming conditions.

Plenty of room to spread out at Siesta Key

Nice wide stretch of sand at Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

99% Pure Quartz sand…so soft and white!

Gorgeous smooth white sand at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, FL

Relaxing on the smooth white sand of Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Gorgeous clear water

Beautiful clear water at Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Although crowded, it wasn’t half as congested as I expected based on my experiences at other Gulf coast beaches. It is possible that it appeared less crowded due to the wider stretch of sand, regardless the setting worked much better than many other West Coast Florida beaches. We felt like we got to stretch out and enjoy the day without other couples/families sitting close enough to listen in to our conversation.

I didn’t notice many shells at Siesta Beach, however, the south end of the beach (Turtle Beach) is a more rocky section known for ample beach-combing opportunities.

We were set to stay until sunset, unfortunately a random thunderstorm rolled in. A bit frustrating as we checked the weather report before leaving and the chance was only slight. Nevertheless, we were able to capture some really cool pictures of the storm clouds.

Check out how dark the skies got in such a short period of time!

Dark storm clouds at Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach


A view down Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach on a stormy day

A stormy day on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Super dark clouds on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Dark clouds prior to a storm on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Extremely dark clouds on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Check out how green the water looks in contrast to the dark storm clouds

Dark storm clouds and greenish looking water on Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Greenish looking water against the dark storm clouds at Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

Dark storm clouds making the water appear green at Sarasota's Siesta Key Beach

That’s Florida for you…sunny one minute, stormy the next!

The beach-goers started to exit in droves, and we happily took advantage of the deserted grounds for as long as we could.

The beach after everyone left

An empty Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida

I recommend a trip to Sarasota for a relaxing summer afternoon at Siesta Beach. Here you will be treated to: great views, smooth sand, and plenty of space! On top of everything, parking is free…an unusual find on Florida’s Gulf coast!

Amenities at Siesta Key include: volleyball nets, tennis courts, restrooms, and a restaurant.

Volleyball nets at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida

Location: Siesta Key Beach is located at: 948 Beach Road in Sarasota, Florida

Where to Stay

Tropical Breeze Resort

Tropical Beach Resorts

Beach Club at Siesta Key

Have you ever visited Siesta Key Beach? How would you rate it in comparison to other Florida Gulf coast beaches?


    • Paul Anderson
    • June 13, 2017  at  9:23 AM

    Great post and pics about Siesta Key! Below is a website that overviews lots of fun activities to do by land, sea and air while visiting the Key. Just wanted to share with your readers. Cheers!

  1. […] hiking trails. Not to mention the many other fantastic activities around Sarasota including Siesta Key Beach, Sarasota Jungle Gardens, and St. Armand’s Circle. Trust me, the 2 hour day trip is more than […]

  2. […] Siesta Key – Siesta Key is another beach featuring some of the smoothest sand you will ever feel. The 99% pure quartz sand is magnificently soft and absolutely cool to the touch. Depending on the time of the year you plan your visit (winter is typically the busy season), you will experience hoards of crowds or a surprisingly peaceful setting. Aside from sunbathing and swimming in the warm waters of the Gulf, Siesta offers a little outdoor recreation in the form of volleyball and tennis courts. […]

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