Known for its cool, white sand and turquoise waters, Siesta Key attracts millions of visitors each year and was recently named #2 Beach in the U.S. by TripAdvisor. Previously winning Best Sand Beach in America on Travel Channel, the area is no stranger to international recognition.

Siesta Key is a free public beach with convenient parking areas, concessions, picnic shelters, tennis courts, and a playground for the kids. Collect seashells along the eight mile-long island shore during your family vacation or romantic getaway, or play a game of beach volleyball or badminton on the beach's powdery white quartz sand. Not only is the beach beautiful and easily accessible, it's considered one of the safest for visiting families and locals because of year-round lifeguard protection. Siesta Key is also great for families because of numerous nearby cultural and family activities in Sarasota.

Other than Siesta Beach, Siesta Key consists of three other districts: Crescent Beach, Turtle Beach, and Siesta Key Village. Crescent Beach, the southern portion which extends to the sea wall and Point of Rocks, has an abundance of coral and active marine life. Turtle Beach has boat ramps and picnic areas, and the shops and cafes of Siesta Key Village are a just a short walk away to grab a bite on hot summer’s day. Siesta Key is an island paradise that has something for everyone from various water and beach-related activities during the day to Siesta Key’s nightlife after sunset with bustling bars and clubs.

If you are planning a trip to Siesta Key, there are plenty of hotels in Siesta Key and Airbnb options to choose from. If you’re thinking of making Siesta Key your forever home, rentals and condominium properties sprinkle the area, giving residents a view of the award-winning landscape year-round.

Have you experienced the second-highest ranked beach in the U.S. yet? If not, then what are you waiting for? Head to Siesta Key's beach!

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