Siesta Key is truly a jewel in the crown of Sarasota County. It's a place where you can get away from it all and enjoy the sun, sand, and surf.
Siesta Key is a barrier island that sits just south of Sarasota Bay. It's connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land called Casey Key. The island itself is about 1 mile wide and 6 miles long, with roughly 2 square miles of protected beachfront area protected by Siesta Beach Park.
Siesta Key is divided into three distinct areas: North Beach (also known as Crescent Beach), Crescent Shores, and South Beach (also known as Turtle Beach). North Beach has been designated as an unincorporated city within Sarasota County; South Beach was developed during World War II as a training facility for military personnel; and Crescent Shores was originally developed by John Ringling.
In the late 1800's, Siesta Key was variously called Clam Island, Sarasota Key or Little Sarasota Island, depending on which map you looked at. Early Siesta Key was a beautiful, but hostile, environment—inhabited mainly by wildcats and wild boars. Settling here meant a life of hardscrabble survival for those who dared to tame its challenging landscape. Early settlers, it turns out, were not initially attracted to the natural beauty of the Key and its surrounding waters. They came merely to raise crops in harsh sandy soil that gave very little back. They came because it was the only available property that hadn't been deeded away to land speculators.
Today we know Siesta Key as one of Florida's most desirable addresses—and one of America's most sought-after vacation destinations. With it's world-famous, powdery white beaches and lush, tropical landscape, Siesta Key captivates you the moment you step onto its shores. From sunrise to sunset, Siesta Key's beauty is unmatched by any other location in the world.
But don't let us tell you about Siesta Key—experience it for yourself! Head slightly further inland and you'll discover Siesta Village, home to an eclectic mix of shops, fine restaurants and plenty more to see and do. Venture down Siesta's side streets and you'll find everything from gulf front condominiums, villas and apartments, to magnificent seaside estates.
One of the best things about Siesta Key Village is the variety of shops and restaurants to choose from. When you're ready to explore, make sure you check out these spots:
Siesta Key Park and Pavilion: This spot offers a beautiful view of the beach as well as volleyball courts, so it's a great place for a game of beach volleyball with friends or family.
Ophelia's on the Bay: If you want some elegant seafood with sweeping ocean views, this is your spot!
The Daiquiri Deck: For a casual meal with an amazing view, head over here!
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