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Beaches and watersports galore define Siesta Key

Located just offshore from Sarasota along the picture-perfect white sand and turquoise water of the Gulf of Mexico, Siesta Key is a beach and nature lovers' paradise. This small barrier island is about eight miles long and offers travelers the laidback island lifestyle of a beach town. Siesta Key hotels are located near Bradenton, Gulfport, Venice and Tampa, Florida.


Things to see and do

Beaches

Not surprisingly, Siesta Key has several beautiful beaches. Siesta Beach has been named the nation's top beach by famous coastal expert Professor Steven Leatherman. Crescent Beach is a great choice for seclusion and quiet relaxation, and Turtle Beach is perfect for snorkelers and shell seekers. Picnic tables, a playground and restrooms make this a nice spot for families and children. Boating enthusiasts will appreciate the boat ramp and ample space for trailer parking.

Watersports

Beach activities and watersports are a given in this island atmosphere. Siesta Key Water Sports has jet ski and boat rentals, dolphin-watching tours, private boat charters and sunset cruises. For bicycles, scooters and kayak rentals, head to Siesta Sports Rentals, which also rents beach chairs, umbrellas and snorkel equipment.

Museums and nature

By visiting the South Florida Museum in Sarasota, visitors can experience three great attractions all under one roof. The Parker Manatee Aquarium and Bishop Planetarium are both located within the museum. The museum features exhibits on the region, spanning prehistoric to present times, while the planetarium offers a state-of-the-art domed theater and educational astronomy presentations. The aquarium serves as a rehabilitation facility for injured manatees before they can be released back into the wild.

You can't get much more authentic Floridian than a trip to the Mixon Fruit Farm in Bradenton, which has been growing, selling and shipping citrus fruit since 1939. Ride the Orange Blossom Express tram through the citrus groves and sample freshly squeezed orange and grapefruit juice. The farm also provides land and shelter for injured animals, birds and reptiles. When able, the animals are released back into the wild. The farm offers wildlife tours to promote education and respect for wildlife.


Special events

Downtown Sarasota Art and Craft Festival

Main Street in downtown Sarasota is the setting for more than 100 talented artisans and vendors. Peruse handmade art, crafts and gift items such as pottery, jewelry, paintings and much more. This event takes place in October.

Sarasota Motorcycle Festival

In nearby Sarasota, the Thunder by the Bay Motorcycle Show takes place every January. Vendors, special events and lots of bikes attract thousands of visitors and locals.

Sarasota Folk Festival

Held in March, the Sarasota Folk Festival brings together aspiring musicians and headlining performers. Along with arts and crafts vendors, children's activities and music workshops, travelers can listen to favorite performers and discover new artists.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic Master Sand Sculpting Competition

Amateur and professional sand sculptors from all over converge upon the sparkling white sand of Siesta Key Beach in November. Vendors, music, sand sculpting demonstrations and fashion shows take place during this five-day event.


Best time to stay

Siesta Key, Florida, has a year-round climate of sunny skies and mild weather. Winter is a great time to plan a getaway to the Siesta Key area. While all your friends are braving the chilly weather, you can be lying on a beach on Florida's sunny Gulf Coast.


Travel information

Family-friendly resort hotels provide comfort and convenience to Siesta Key travelers. Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport is the closest airport to the Siesta Key area. For a scenic excursion, you may want to combine your visit with the sites and attractions of Tampa by flying into Tampa International Airport (TPA), about 70 miles from Siesta Key, and then renting a car and cruising along the coast.

Recently booked Siesta Key hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Tropical Beach Resorts 2 days ago 3 stars $191
Tropical Breeze Resort Siesta 9 days ago 3 stars $130

Recently Rated Siesta Key Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Tropical Beach Resorts
4.4 / 5
82 reviews
3 stars $191
Tropical Breeze Resort Siesta
3.6 / 5
7 reviews
3 stars $130

Siesta Key hotels

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From $191

1 Tropical Beach Resorts

3 stars
4.4 / 5 82 reviews

6717 Sarasea Circle Map

48 Hour Sale - Save 20%

Tropical Beach Resorts is a family of three award-winning properties located directly on Siesta Key at the shores of Crescent Beach including Tropical Shores, Tropical Sun, and Sara Sea Resort. ... More

Great beach trip
I was very pleased with my stay. The location is perfect, a few minute walk right to the beautiful white powder sand beach. The suites were clean and comfortable. A few miles from most the...
Sep 8, 2014
From $130

2 Tropical Breeze Resort Siesta

3 stars
3.6 / 5 7 reviews

5150 Ocean Boulevard Map

With a number of newly renovated units, Tropical Breeze Resort of Siesta Key is located in lush tropical gardens on the ocean side of Siesta Key Village. The Travel Channel continues to rank our... More

Nice for a romantic getaway but needs improvement
This place is for those who go with an open mind and set their expectations not too high. If you go expecting an above average hotel and consider yourself picky then this place is not for you. What...
Jul 8, 2014