The best vacations are the ones where you can move at your own pace, relaxing when you want and sightseeing when the urge hits. In Siesta Key, you can do it all! Explore the entire island on your own agenda, reveling in the landscape, culture, and cuisine of this epic tropical destination when you embark on sightseeing in Siesta Key.
People come from all over the world to relax on the white sandy beaches of Siesta Key. It is said that the sand is comprised of 99% quartz, thought to have originated from the Appalachian Mountains and brought to this barrier island by the ocean currents. Because of its reflective properties, the sand feels cool and refreshing even on the hottest days, allowing you to lay out on top of the sand or go on barefoot expeditions without hopping around to avoid the scalding hot sand surface.
Not only are the beaches spectacular for Siesta Key sightseeing, but the extra wide stretches of sand along the coastline are vast. Starting at the north end of Siesta Key, you can visit Sarasota Beach, known for its long stretch along the gulf featuring clear blue waters. Traveling further south you’ll arrive at Siesta Beach and even further south is Crescent Beach. Many spots along these beaches feature shallow waters, playgrounds, and tennis courts, making it an easy destination to relax and make a day of it.
From Crescent Beach, you can access the Point of Rocks, an outcropping of limestone walls that surround tide pools and coral reefs. This area is a popular destination for people who love to snorkel or try to catch glimpses of the marine life in their natural habitat. Visitors on foot love exploring this area when the tide is low, snatching the opportunity to see crabs, sea cucumbers, and so much more up close.
Even further south you’ll find Turtle Beach which is a slightly different scene. Though it doesn’t have the nice white sand that many people associate with Siesta Key, many people enjoy the smaller crowds, boat ramps, picnic areas, and of course the sea turtles and other wildlife.
Top Destinations for Sightseeing in Siesta Key
On Sundays at approximately 5 p.m. (or an hour before sunset, whichever comes first), locals and tourists alike gather together on the shoreline of Siesta Beach to participate in the Siesta Key Drum Circle. Guests are invited to sing, dance, and even take a turn on the drums as you enjoy the warm breeze and breathtaking sunsets over the water.
Siesta Key Village is always favorite for Siesta Key sightseeing, known through the keys for their unique shops, beautiful botanicals, and delicious culinary scene.
Navigating around Siesta Key is a breeze with the free Siesta Key Breeze Trolley service that will gladly take you around the island. Another option when staying in our rentals is renting bikes, traditional or electric, to cruise around at your own pace.