Siesta Key is one of Florida’s most amazing and beloved beaches. It is located only miles from Sarasota, an international city with metropolitan flair.
Escape reality and make Siesta Key your home-away-from-home for a few days, weekend, or holiday break. There is something for everyone and amazing beauty that keeps on giving. Check out these 9 things to love about Siesta Key we think you won’t want to miss.
1. Hub Baja Grill
Dine at this centrally located popular eatery that features delicious cuisine and killer cocktails. Hub Baja Grill’s lively patio is highly desirable for the ambiance, live music, and people watching opportunities, decorated with festive and colorful strings of lights.
Start with the Chips and Salsa, then jump right into a beautiful plate of Bronzed Salmon with Black Bean Puree, Green Beans, and Passion Fruit Burre Blanc. It is a fantastic meal! The Fish and Chicken Tacos with rice and beans are also great choices.
Hint: The Hub offers valet parking.
2. Siesta Key Bungalows
A brilliant place to stay in Siesta Key is the Siesta Key Bungalows. Located on a canal with adorable coral-colored buildings, these tastefully decorated beach cottages are perfect accommodations for your vacation.
Each bungalow offers a full kitchen, dining room with table & chairs, and a small porch. Small added touches like pretty navy rugs, white accents pieces, monogrammed towels, Gilchrist & Soames toiletries, and monogrammed pillowcases set this property apart from its competition. I also appreciated the nice artwork, curtain framed bed, and premium linens.
Siesta Key Bungalows has a fishing dock with kayaks that you can borrow (don’t forget to wear your lifejacket!), free bicycles to use, and a heated outdoor swimming pool. Several sitting areas can be found around the photogenic grounds, as well.
3. White Sandy Beaches
Three Gulf of Mexico beaches lure tourists to Siesta Key including: Crescent, Siesta, and Turtle Beaches. Crescent Beach has been recognized for its luxurious 99% pure quartz white sand in magazines and through competitions for decades. The sand stays cool to the touch, regardless of the temperature.
All three beaches are found on Siesta Key’s eight mile-long barrier island. Enjoy fishing, boating, parasailing, kayaking, snorkeling, swimming, or just sunbathing on these beautiful sand beds.
Keep an eye out for dolphins, which can be seen almost daily from many parts of the island.
4. Miguel’s Restaurant
People typically think of eating fresh seafood when they come to a beach destination, but Siesta Key has a specialty restaurant you won’t want to miss. Miguel’s is known for French & Continental cuisine and the service is highly impressive.
Start your dining experience with a Caesar Salad prepared table side as you enjoy the tasty complimentary bread plate that is given to each table. The bread is served alongside olives, onions, cheese, carrots, and creamy pate.
Miguel’s French Onion soup is spot on, while the wine menu offers perfect accompaniments for your meal. Regardless of what you choose for your main course, save room for either Bananas Foster or Cherries Jubilee, again, prepared table side. Both are fantastically delicious!
Early birds are welcome.
5. A Free Trolley
Siesta Breeze trolleys provides free service between the three beaches and the entire island as well as to Siesta Key Bungalows, mentioned above. There are three open-air trolleys in total that run seven days a week from 8 to midnight. Enjoy your precious vacation time at the place you wish to visit, not searching for a parking space.
6. Point of Rocks
While at Crescent Beach, you’ll be both amazed by the scenery that accompanies the typical beach setting. At this secluded gem, you’ll find Point of Rocks, an area with cool coral formations that is stunning to see. These smooth, limestone rocks are as lovely to see, surrounded with water on one side and lovely tropical foliage on the other.
Colorful marine life is aplenty at Point of Rocks, making it a perfect spot for both scuba diving or snorkeling. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the privacy factor that Point of Rocks has to offer. It is definitely more remote than Siesta Key’s other two beach options.
It is possible to see manatees here in the summer months.
7. A Dynamite Breakfast
Enjoy starting your morning off right at Toasted Mango Cafe, a popular breakfast eatery at Siesta Key. Every item on the menu sounded incredible, but I finally narrowed my choice down to the Sarasota Omelet with avocado, roasted turkey, spinach, tomato, and jack cheese.
My omelet came with a buttered English muffin and a tasty potato cake with cinnamon applesauce for dipping. Yum! I made great choices, but other bread options were toast or a homemade biscuit, while side items included a mixed green salad, seasonal fruit, grits, or home fries.
The Toasted Mango Cafe is open for breakfast and lunch.
8. Stellar Sunsets
The sunsets at Siesta Key will take your breath away. Be prepared and have your devices charged for some energetic picture taking for the magical few moments before the sun sinks behind the azure waters of the Gulf of Mexico.
9. Really Good Coffee
Have a fantastic cup of java at Lelu Coffee Lounge. The menu also offers plenty of non-alcoholic choices as well but also includes beer, wine, and martinis. I find it unusual to find a coffee bar equipped with a full-service bar; however, Lelu Coffee does it very well.
The cozy spot has a fun vibe, outdoor seating, pastries, local art for sale, and yummy homemade desserts. Lelu’s also serves a full lunch and breakfast menu. Try the yummy Orange Dreamsicle drink if you need help deciding!
A Low-Key Vacation in Siesta Key
With Siesta Key’s laid-back vibe, beautiful beaches, and amazing scenery, it’s a recipe for a memorable vacation where rest and relaxation are the highlights. Think of Siesta Key for your next family vacation and have a wonderful time reconnecting in this adorable seaside Florida town.
Thanks to Visit Florida and Visit Sarasota County for my accommodations and some meals. As always, opinions and reviews are 100% mine and unbiased.
Read more about Sarasota County at the helpful tourism site.
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