Siesta Beach spans from Siesta Village at the heart of the island to Point of Rocks, a shallow formation of limestone that extends into the Gulf of Mexico at the middle of the western shore of the island. There are two primary public accesses to this crystal stretch of shoreline. The first is at the Siesta Key Public Beach, which has a free 800-spot parking lot and amenities including restrooms, concession stands, picnic areas/shelters, free lighted tennis courts, playground equipment, and year-round lifeguards. In addition to the main parking area, there also are numbered public beach accesses with limited parking heading north into the Village. The second primary public access is Crescent Beach, which has limited parking but usually is less crowded. It stretches for about 1.5 miles and ends at Point of Rocks, which has a unique underwater formation of coral rock and caves that offers an excellent underwater environment for snorkeling and scuba diving. There also is legend that Point of Rocks was a favorite spot for pirates looking to bury treasure!
Siesta Key Beach is central Sarasota’s gateway to the sparkling waters of the Gulf of Mexico, an island that combines luxurious amenities with a relaxed vibe that appeals to both visitors and locals.
On the east side of this eight-mile long barrier island is Sarasota Bay and Florida’s Intracoastal Waterway. It’s a scenic trail for boaters interested in exploring the mangrove forests that dot the area, dropping a line for snook or pompano, or cruising to Sarasota’s dockside restaurants and pubs. On the island’s west side are Siesta Key’s glorious white sand beaches ranked number one in the world in 2011 by Dr. Beach — and the calm waters of the Gulf. Take an early morning walk while dipping your toes in the surf; build sand castles, search for shells and soak up the warm sunshine in the afternoon; then find a comfortable spot in to view the postcard-perfect moment when the sun dips below the horizon and paints the sky in strokes of red and orange.
Siesta Key homes for sale begin at the $300,000 level and can be priced as high as $10 Million. Siesta Key real estate currently being offered for sale is displayed on each of the subdivision pages in the right column or by searching with the two search forms available. The northern portion of Siesta Key is in the city of Sarasota, the south section resides in Sarasota County. Keep this in mind when searching as the homes located on the southern part of the island will have a lower tax rate.
Fabulous White Sand Beach, Fabulous Winter Weather
Owning Siesta Key real estate is certainly beach living at its finest. Our beach is rated #1 in Florida and #2 in the country. The sand is 99 percent pure quartz, it is cool to the touch and cool on bare feet in the height of summer which makes our beach a great place to escape the heat on a mid-summers day. Siesta Key Beach, and the beach community that surrounds it, is fantastic place to call home or just own a vacation home to escape the cold of winter.
Considered a vacation paradise by tourists from the United States and far beyond and as a result, Siesta Key is one of the best Florida keys in which to invest in real estate due to the lucrative rental market. Whether you come to this beautiful island to live, visit, explore history, or just play, you will find a stunning array of beaches, landmark architecture interwoven through an intricate 50-mile canal system, and some of the most beautiful, and hotly debated, natural terrain on the southwest coast of Florida.