Welcome to Siesta Key
Home to one of the nation’s best beaches
Siesta Key is a barrier island and city on the west coast of Florida. Hailed as having the nation’s best beach, the area is widely known for its turquoise waters and quartz sand. Siesta Key is part of the Sarasota metropolitan area and is popular for its incredible restaurants and shops.
What to Love
- Beachy atmosphere
- Laid-back and relaxing pace of life
- Bustling commercial areas
Siesta Key is the perfect place to enjoy the beach lifestyle. The area is famous for its beaches, making it clear that the city’s main draw is relaxation. However, this relaxation doesn’t stop the area from having a bustling business district. With beautiful beaches, delicious restaurants, and trendy shops, Siesta Key is a great place to find an active lifestyle mixed with relaxation.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Siesta Key is home to beloved restaurants and shops. With many of these destinations located along Ocean Boulevard, Siesta Key Village is the booming business center of Siesta Key.
When looking for a bite to eat in Siesta Key, there are so many restaurants to choose from. Summer House Steak & Seafood is a popular restaurant known for its signature steak and seafood served alongside beer, cocktails, and wines. Miguel's Restaurant is a French restaurant serving both classic French fare and continental choices alongside a full bar and extensive wine list. For an upscale eating experience, Ophelia’s on the Bay is an elegant restaurant serving seafood amidst beautiful views of the bay courtesy of floor-to-ceiling windows. Clayton’s Siesta Grille is an art-filled restaurant with delicious seafood, steak, and other American fares.
Siesta Key also has many retail opportunities. Siesta Key Village and Siesta Center are popular shopping centers located on the island, filled with a large number of shops to choose from. Siesta Key Outfitters is full of beach-themed gifts such as custom t-shirts and souvenirs. Beach Bazaar is the perfect place to stop when looking for beach items. With a wide selection of swimwear, beach toys, sun care, and more, Beach Bazaar has everything you could need for a day at the beach. For beautiful beach and tropical-themed jewelry, stop by Created Gems.
Things to Do
Siesta Key has many activities to partake in. Whether you want to spend some time outdoors at a park or want to explore a local event, there is something fun for everyone to enjoy in Siesta Key.
If you are looking to find a local event, one of the best options in Siesta Key is the Siesta Key Crystal Classic. This incredibly popular event draws in professional sand sculptors to create intricate sculptures out of the white quartz sand, and there are on-site vendors for food. The annual Siesta Fiesta is a great place to find local artists’ works for display and purchase, and it is one of the longest-running events in the area. For the winter holidays, a popular event is the Siesta Key Light Up The Village & Holiday Parade which features carolers, refreshments, and local store discounts.
There are also beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy a day in nature. Nora Patterson Bay Island Park is one of the most popular parks in the area, home to a playground, fishing spots, and picnic areas located on the bay. Bay Island Park also has trails for scenic walks. Sarasota Beach is a well-known beach in the area with beach bars, swimming, kayaking, and more waterside activities available. Siesta Key Beach is also a beautiful beach known for its white quartz sand and has amenities like tennis courts, a playground, and year-round lifeguards.