Siesta Beach earned the no. 1 beach in the United States on TripAdvisor in 2015 for good reason. The renovated beach has a new expanded parking lot, a pedestrian esplanade, updated concessions, and of course, the some of the whitest sand in the world. The beach isn’t the only highlight of Siesta Key, however, the shops and bars at Siesta Village and the nearby one-of-a-kind rental properties make a vacation at Siesta Key an unforgettable experience
Breakfast: Another Broken Egg
From beignets to adventurous omelets, Another Broken Egg puts a unique culinary twist on regionally inspired dishes for any breakfast appetite, sweet or savory. We recommend their signature irresistible Cinnamon Roll French Toast.
Lunch: Siesta Key Oyster Bar
Fun in the sun and surf on the shores of Siesta Beach will work up a mighty appetite, so shake the sand from your toes and head to the Siesta Key Oyster Bar (S.K.O.B.) for a satisfying lunch. From high-quality bar bites to the restaurant’s signature raw oysters and crawfish, S.K.O.B.’s casual, classic menu has the variety to please any palate.
Treat yourself to fine dining at Miguel’s, a restaurant on Siesta Key that specializes in French and Continental cuisine. Miguel’s features an extensive wine selection and full bar, and is known for its award-winning French entrées and delectable desserts, including homemade sorbet and bananas Foster.
Siesta Public Beach
It’s simple to understand why TripAdvisor named Siesta Beach the best beach in the country in 2015. Anyone who digs his or her toes into the cool, powder-white sand can agree: it’s paradise. Extensive renovations to this beach include a new playground and family picnic area, plus the upscale “Siesta Sun Deck” pavilion concession area overlooking the beachfront
Beachside camping is a unique experience available at Sarasota’s Turtle Beach Campground, which features 2,600 feet of beach frontage on the Gulf of Mexico. Turtle Beach Campground has 40 RV and tent sites with full hookups available, free Wi-Fi accessibility, shaded picnic areas and grills, a kayak/canoe launch and boat ramp, and on-site restrooms.
For a sunset stroll head to Crescent Beach. Breathtaking views of the aquamarine Gulf of Mexico waters are available along every step of the approximately two-mile stretch of beach, and the powdery white sand never gets hot: so indulge in a barefoot stroll and dig your toes into the sand. Enjoy fishing near the Point of Rocks area.
Rentals + outfitters
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters
For fun on the water, set sail from CB’s Saltwater Outfitters, a classic in Sarasota since 1959. A variety of boat and Jet Ski rentals are available for half and full days to enjoy cruising, fishing, picnicking, and sightseeing along Sarasota waterways. CB’s Saltwater Outfitters also offers fishing charters and parasailing options.
Economy Tackle/Dolphin Paddlesports
Economy Tackle/Dolphin Paddlesports is another standard in Sarasota sports outfitters, established in 1948. Stop by for your water sporting needs, and pick up everything from fishing equipment and fresh, live bait to snorkeling equipment and clothing. Kayaks and stand up paddleboards (SUP) are also available for purchase or rental at the store.
Off the island
Adjacent to the Westfield Southgate Mall on Tamiami Trail, Sarasota’s Southgate Village is a charming strip of independently owned local shops, restaurants, and businesses. Popular spots in Southgate include the North Bridge Tavern, Cup Cakes A Go-Go, and Rick’s French Bistro.
Stop by one of many restaurants in Gulf Gate before indulging in shopping at a collection of eclectic shops. In the evening, head over to Monk’s Steamer Bar, one of the most popular raw bars in Sarasota, or kick off a night of pub crawling at Sarasota’s original microbrew pub, Sarasota Brewing Company.
Sarasota’s Southside Village, a walkable, centrally located village along Osprey Avenue near Sarasota Memorial Hospital, is known for its restaurants and nightlife. Located just a mile from downtown and minutes from Siesta Key, Southside offers a hip culinary and bar scene at popular spots like Libby’s Cafe + Bar, Legend’s Sports Pub, and the classic Five O’clock Club. No picnic is complete until you stock up at Morton’s Gourmet Market, a Sarasota icon.