Are you considering Siesta Key for a full or part time residence? There is alot to know about this little piece of paradise.
Situated off the beautiful Florida Gulf Coast, Siesta Key is an eight-mile-long barrier island connected to Sarasota by two causeways. Founded in 1846, there are now approximately 24,000 full and part-time residents of Siesta Key. Living on Siesta Key is truly the epitome of beach life. The variety of Siesta Key real estate ranges from 1 BR studios cottages to multi million dollar gulf front residences. In between those two extremes is a myriad of choice. Condominiums are extremely popular, and are often used as beach rentals during the high season. Siesta Key is a world famous vacation destination, making it very attractive for investors. You can choose to live on the Gulf of Mexico or on the Bay, near the village , or within walking distance to the beach.
Siesta Key is perhaps best known for its world reknowned beaches. Located on Beach Road, Siesta Beach is universally recognized as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. At the "Great International White Sand Beach Challenge" held in 1987, it was recognized as having the "whitest and finest sand in the world." Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of coral, Siesta Beach's sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. The sand on Siesta Beach started in the Appalachians, flowed down the rivers and was eventually deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.
Shallow water depth in the near shore area, together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the County and great for small children. A beach walk may yield sand dollars and coquinas, but it is rare to find many shells here on Siesta. The beach's amenities include rest rooms, a concession area, picnic tables, tennis courts, ball fields, beach volleyball courts, a soccer field, a 20 station fitness trail and a playground. Don't miss the Drum Circle on Sunday nights (in front of the concession area), when local residents and visitors alike dance to drumbeats and celebrate a gorgeous sunset. Parking is free, but fills up fast especially during season or on weekends! Siesta Key Public Beach is the most famous beach on the Key, but for a less crowded experience, try Crescent Beach or Turtle Beach to the south; or find a small beach access in the village to stroll the beach to the North.
Siesta Key Village is a quaint little downtown consisting of restaurants, daiquiri bars and souvenir shops, where visitors can find necessities or the perfect souvenir. Park at one end of the village and take a leisurely walk, there is much to see. Whether you are looking for post cards, groceries, gifts, or island clothing, you will find it just strolling down the street. Unique boutiques, galleries, salons and shops in which to indulge yourself are around every corner and side street - have fun exploring! Our friendly merchants welcome casual browsing. Siesta Key Village is absolutely casual, a "flip-flop and t-shirt " type of shopping and dining experience.
Siesta Key is an island of culinary delights! Many of the restaurants specialize in seafood delicacies including lobster, crab, blackened fish, raw oysters, and unique, Gulf Coast seafood dishes. Siesta Key also offers a wide selection of Italian, American, Oriental and French cuisine to suit the most discerning tastes. Whether you enjoy formal, candle-lit dinners, ocean side casual, or family-oriented dining, you will find it here, complete with nightclubs hosting music and dancing. I love The Hub, as well as the Blase Cafe & Martini Bar. The Siesta Key Oyster Bar, known locally as S.K.O.B, is a popular hangout for those in the know.
Fun in the sun is what Siesta Key is all about. If you are interested in water sports, Siesta Key offers fishing, boating, dolphin cruises and sunset cruises. Many people enjoy bicycling and rollerblading through our quaint village or taking in our spectacular sunsets with a stroll on the beach. Also along the beach you will find parasailing and catamaran rides; and thrill to the local para-surfers- athletes who combine surfing and parasiling to achieve awesome heights on their jumps.
With nearly 50 miles of canals and waterways and the surrounding bays and the Gulf of Mexico, boating is one of the most popular past-times on Siesta Key. The island offers boat rentals, charters, and guided tours. Many of our condominiums have boat docks; you can also take advantage of the temporary docks at our restaurants on the water.
If you like to fish, this is the place for you! With nearly 1,000 species of fish, you can avail yourself of year-round on-shore and off-shore fishing. You may wish to try deep-sea fishing, bridge fishing, or surf-casting. There are many types of saltwater fish in our waters that will give you the fishing challenge of a lifetime - including barracuda, black drum, grouper, pompano, snapper and tarpon. Fish maps and charts are sold on the Key that will provide you with detailed information on the best times, locations, licenses, and limits for fishing.
Having a piece of Siesta Key real estate is like owning a piece of paradise. You will love living here.