Siesta Key Beaches

Siesta Key is home to several beaches, each with their own special qualities including Siesta Key Beach, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. Siesta Key Public Beach, which has recently undergone a large renovation of its parking and facilities in 2015, is best known for its accolades by Dr. Beach, Trip Advisor, The Travel Channel and USA Today for being the Number 1 Beach in America or a "Top 10" Beach in Florida. The lesser known beaches on the Key are Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach. Crescent Beach, which is mostly private for the vacationers of the beachfront resorts, does not offer a public parking lot nor does it have lifeguards on duty. Turtle Beach, located at the south end of the Key, is mostly visited by locals and additionally offers an adjacent lagoon which is perfect for kayaking, paddle boarding or launching small watercraft.

Siesta Key Beach | Crescent Beach | Turtle Beach

Siesta Key Beach

948 Beach Rd, Siesta Key, FL 34242 Map
Siesta Key Public Beach, unlike any other beach in Florida, is composed mainly of pure quartz which gives it a snow-like appearance and keeps beachgoers cool even on the hottest of days. This powder like white sand has enabled Siesta Key Beach to win numerous accolades and awards as mentioned on this page. Most notably, it was named as the # 1 Beach in America in 2017 and 2015 by Trip Advisors' Traveler's Choice Award and again as the # 1 Beach in America in 2017 by Dr. Beach (Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman). Besides it's unique sand, the beach is hundreds of yards wide providing easy access for tourists and locals alike to enjoy the warm Gulf waters. This public beach also has many amenities including sand volleyball courts, lighted tennis courts, covered picnic shelters, outdoor grills, plenty of public parking and close proximity to the Siesta Key Village.
Siesta Key Beach - Interactive View


#1 Traveler's Choice Award for Best Beach in the US - Trip Advisor View
#1 Best Beach in America - Dr. Beach View


#2 Best Beach in America - Dr. Beach View


#1 Traveler's Choice Award for Best Beach in the US - Trip Advisor View
#3 Best Beach in Florida - USA Today View
Top 10 Beaches in Florida - TravelChannel.com View


#1 Florida's Top White Sand Beache - Conde Nast View
#2 10 Best Beach Towns in Florida - Smarter Travel View


#8 Top 10 Family Beaches - Family Vacation Critic View


#1 Best Beach in America - Dr. Beach View
Siesta Key Beach - # 1 in the USA!

Siesta Key - America's #1 Beach

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Beach Renovation Now Complete

The long-awaited $21.5 million-dollar renovation of the Siesta Key Beach facilities and parking is now complete. Beachgoers now see new expanded parking lots and tennis courts, as well as an updated pavilion and elevated concession area providing panoramic beach views. Access points now comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, along with upgraded picnic tables, playground equipment and updated restrooms. The area has also been beautifully landscaped with native vegetation.
Siesta Key Beach Pavilion
Siesta Key Beach Main Entrance
Siesta Key Beach Playground
Siesta Key Beach Panoramic View

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach, Siesta Key, FL 34242 Map
Crescent Beach, located just south of the world-famous Siesta Key Beach, is more of a private beach for the Siesta Key resorts that operate in this space. Crescent Beach, with is pristine white sand, offers resort-goers a quieter, non-public beach setting. Crescent beach starts at the end of the public Siesta Key beach and continues south to Point of Rocks. This stretch of the beach is typically covered with bright, colorful umbrellas branded with each resort's name. There is one small public access point to this section of beach located across the street from Captain Curt's on Midnight Pass Road. Public parking is very limited but easily accessible by foot or bicycle.
Crescent Beach - Interactive View
Crescent Beach
Crescent Beach at Sunset
View towards Point of Rocks

Turtle Beach

8918 Midnight Pass Rd, Sarasota, FL 34242 Map
Located on the southern end of Siesta Key, directly across the street from the Turtle's Restaurant, is Turtle Beach. Since this public beach is off the beaten path, it's more a favorite for Sarasota locals seeking to enjoy a relaxing afternoon soaking up the sun. Although a public beach, no lifeguards are on duty. This beach, which offers a boat ramp, is also a popular spot for locals to launch their boat, jet ski, canoe, kayak or paddleboard. In the center of the park is Blind Pass Lagoon which connects to the Intracoastal waterway allowing quick access to Sarasota Bay or the Venice Jetty. This beach park also offers a large picnic shelter with picnic tables, grills, restrooms, a volleyball court and horseshoe court.
Turtle Beach - Interactive View
Turtle Beach Panoramic View
Turtle Beach Entrance Sign
Kayak Launch at Turtle Beach Park
Blind Pass Lagoon Panoramic View