When people hear Siesta Key, they often think of the world famous beach. Perpetually on the "World's Top Ten Beaches" list, this fabulous stretch of sand is powder fine, pure white and made of 100% quartz. That fact becomes especially important on hot summer days, when you can trek barefoot across a massive expanse of sand which never gets hot.
The sunsets on Siesta Key are stuff of legend. A flat, wide open west facing horizon affords you a front row seat to one of nature's most spectacular shows; one that actually draws applause from spectators on a nightly basis.
Siesta Key Village is ofen next on the visitors guide of must-do. The village is a kitschy and fun enclave of shops, restaurants and open air bars that invite you to explore in a casual and fun atmosphere. There is nothing pretentious about Siesta Key Village - have flip flops, will travel.
But there are other parts of Siesta Key that often go unnoticed to those who converge on the area every year. All one needs do is rent a bicycle and all these treasures are yours to explore...
Just behind (and to the north and south of ) the Village are residential communities that many do not even know exist. It is certainly a different world than the bustling condos and vacation apartments on the main strip. A fact that goes unnoticed by many visitors is that Siesta Key actually has an intricate system of inland waterways and canals, and many of these residential homes actually have boating access to the Gulf of Mexico via meandering canals. An exploration of these neighborhoods will reveal shady tree-lined streets, beautiful waterways and a tranquil beach lifestyle tucked away from the beachfront tourism.
Because Siesta Key Public Beach is located on mid-key, very often people don't venture south of the Stickney Point causeway. Many are surprised to find the Key goes on for 3 more miles, and becomes remarkably lush and tropical. The homes become increasingly luxurious and as the key narrows, you can often glimpse both the Gulf of Mexico and Sarasota Bay from the same vantage point. Turtle Beach is at the southern end of Key, and although smaller is often a quieter option. Across the parking lot from Turtle Beach is Heron Lagoon, where folks come to put small watercraft - jetskis, canoes and kayaks - into the water. Heron Lagoon is rife with wildlife, and is a great bird watching spot. There is also great fishing, and picnic tables under shade trees to enjoy the tranquility.
The north end of the Key is similar, real estate-wise , to the south end. The homes are luxurious, and many have private beaches. Just before croosing the north causeway back onto the mainland, you can pull off to the south side of the road into a little park. This park is once again great for fishing and crabbing, and will allow great views, if you walk under the causeway, across the Bay to Sarasota downtown.
Overall, there are nooks and crannies all over Siesta Key that are great for canoeing,kayaking, fishing, or relaxing...and often they are quiet, hidden areas that can only be found be exploration. And what better place to explore, than paradise?