#5 Best World Beach for 2017
TripAdvisor - #1 Travelers’ Choice™ Top 25 Beaches – United States
AARP – # 1 Beach – Best Beaches in the World 2015
USA Today Reader’s Choice Top Beaches in Florida
2016 - #2 Beach – Dr. Beach
Located just off the coast of Sarasota Florida, Siesta Key is an island with 8 miles of some of the whitest sand in the world and home to Siesta Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. All three beaches share the same calm turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico and offer a unique experience from the others.
Nearly 100 yards wide in spots, the powdery sugar white sand is the main attraction for Siesta Beach. The sand is almost pure quartz and always cool to the touch; a welcomed surprise on sun drenched days. This 8 mile stretch of beach is truly and island paradise.
I enjoyed our early morning walks along the beach watching the Sandpipers play in the gentle waves and dolphins having their early morning breakfast so close you could stop and watch from the beach. Siesta Key is an idyllic beach and one you really should have on your bucket list.
Although Siesta Beach is gaining in popularity, even on the most crowded days, there’s room for volleyball players and beachcombers as well as those who want to find their place in the sun. Just a stone's throw from Sarasota, when you cross the bridge to the island, you leave the big city life behind and slip into island time. Siesta Beach is a little peace of paradise that is sure to be no secret for long.
If you’re looking for a bit more relaxation and peace, I would suggest the Crescent Beach (near Point of Rocks) about two miles south of the main public beach. There is less parking so be sure to obey all parking signs as parking laws are strictly enforced.
Each evening as the sun is setting, tourist and locals alike gather with beach camera in hand to capture the wonders of nature as splashes of tangerine, purple and pink dominate the western sky. Sunsets in Siesta Key cannot be described in words.
Unlike a lot of other beaches, Siesta Beach does not have beachside bars, boardwalks or entertainment attractions along the water. The popular hangouts are two to three blocks from the beach. I personally don’t mind as I think it is less likely to draw the party crowd as much as other places you might find on the coast.
If you are planning to fly to Siesta Key, Tampa International Airport is just about 50 miles north of the island. With some advanced planning, you can get decent airfares that won't break the bank.
When To Visit
Siesta Key Beach is a great year-round destination, however, the mild temperatures in the fall, winter, and spring months are a little more appealing to some.
The coolest month is January with an average high temperature of 62°F and low temperatures around 42°F. August is the warmest month with average high temperatures of 88°F and low temperatures of 72°F. The water in Siesta Key is cooler in the winter with an average temperature of 64°F and warms up to an average of 87°F in August.
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– St. Augustine.