Siesta Key has three wonderful beaches on this 8-mile stretch of "the world's finest, whitest sand™" along the Gulf of Mexico, each one of our beaches offers a slightly different beach experience, but they all share the same azure gulf waters, picture-perfect sunsets, and soothing breeze that melts away your troubles so you really can't go wrong with any of them.
While on Siesta Key you can do as much or as little as you want. You can enjoy fishing, boating, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, or you can just dip your toes in the sand and enjoy a good book or the amazing view, but don't forget to keep an eye out for those playful dolphins.
This guide to Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach will help you find the perfect setting for a secluded getaway or an active, fun-filled family vacation, but we hope you'll discover the unique charm of each of them on your next visit to Siesta Key.
Once you find the perfect beach, be sure to check out our Accommodations section for lots of family-friendly resorts and beach clubs, cottages, condos, apartments, private homes and more. There are lots of places to stay on Siesta Key and many of them have heated pools, spas, tennis courts, and other luxury amenities!
In 2011, Siesta Beach was rated as the #1 beach in the United States by "Dr. Beach", a.k.a. Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, director of Florida International University's highly respected Laboratory for Coastal Research. In 2004 the Travel Channel named it "The Best Sand Beach in America" because of its 99% pure quartz sand that stays cool under your feet.
Siesta Key beach offers tennis and volleyball courts, shaded playground and picnic area, and convenient concession stands for a quick bite or a refreshing drink. Its shallow water near the shoreline and year-round lifeguard protection make it a great beach for the whole family. You can even borrow beach wheelchairs if you have visitor that needs help across the sand.
Whether you enjoy playing tennis or volleyball, fishing or boating, or a Drum Circle on Sunday evening to mark the end of another perfect weekend on Siesta Key, there's always something to do on Siesta Beach and it is all within walking distance of the many shops and restaurants on Siesta Key Village.
Located just south of Siesta Beach and with only one public access road, you can enjoy the same azure gulf waters and picture-perfect sunsets in a quieter, more secluded setting. At the southern tip of Crescent Beach, you'll find Point of Rocks, an area rich with coral formations and colorful marine life that is perfect for snorkeling or diving. Crescent Beach is the most private, non-private beach in town.
The sand at Crescent Beach was rated as "The World's Finest, Whitest Sand™" at the Great International Sand Challenge in 1987 beating more than 30 entrants.
Located on the southern tip of Siesta Key, Turtle Beach offers a "sportier" beach experience with its picnic areas, playground, volleyball court, and horseshoe pit. Turtle Beach has a boat launch area and fishing is permitted in the adjacent Blind Pass Lagoon. This area has restaurants, shopping and a few local night spots nearby.
Turtle Beach is a narrow beach with a steeper incline and darker sand that carries more shells. This beach is perfect for beach combers and shell collectors; you might even find a petrified shark's tooth to take home, especially after a storm.