Siesta Beach has a wide swath of some of the cleanest, softest, powder white sand in the world. The sand, which stretches for miles, consists of 99% quartz giving it that breath-taking look and a unique quality. It’s why you can walk barefooted without scorching your feet, no matter how hot the sun gets. It is where Sarasota goes to the beach along with the rest of the world. The Travel Channel ranked Siesta Key as one of America’s top ten beaches in 2010. It was rated #1 for 2011 and again in 2017 in recognition for cleanliness, water quality and safety by Dr. Stephen Leatherman, one of the world’s top expert of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign. It’s no wonder why more than 20,000 visitors choose this 8 mile island as their vacation destination year after year. Come and experience for yourself the feeling of our sugar white sand between your toes. Please be aware that no dogs are allowed on the beaches of Siesta Key.
Crescent Beach offers the same lush, white sands, azure waters and stunning sunsets, but it is relatively secluded and quiet as it has only one public access road. Located just south of Siesta Beach, the scene here tends to be more peaceful and private. The southern tip of this beach is called Point of Rocks, and is an unusual outcropping of flat, smooth limestone rock. The rocks extend out into the shallow water creating a great area for snorkeling and diving. This area is rich with coral rock formations as well as colorful and abundant marine life. Point of Rocks has been a landmark for mariners and, legend has it, as the starting point for maps to buried treasures plundered by pirates.
Turtle Beach is located at the southern end of Siesta Key and doesn’t have as much commercial activity. It’s a great location for “Family Play” as it has picnic areas, a playground, a volleyball court and horseshoe pits. There’s also a boat launch, and fishing is permitted in the adjacent Blind Pass Lagoon. There are restaurants nearby, with a few local night spots just a short drive away. Turtle Beach is a narrow beach with a somewhat steeper incline. The sand on the beach is gray in color and tends to carry more shells, making it perfect for beach combers and shell collectors. Many find petrified sharks’ teeth to take home and treasure, especially after a storm.