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“Sand, sand, sand :)”
Review of Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach
Ranked #1 of 27 things to do in Siesta Key
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Owner description: Public swimming beach known for its clean, hard-packed sand.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 25 August 2011

Siesta Key is a huge, wide white sandy beach. The water is shallow for a long time, so it's also great for little kids. If you want you can walk for miles along the beach or play. Quality of sand and water are excellent. The sand is so fine, you think you're walking on flour!! The only downside for us as a couple was that it was very crowded, so if you're looking for a quiet,relaxing beach day go somewhere else. Especially for families, or if you want to hang out with your friends, Siesta Key is surely an awesome place!!

Thank Andie2303
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Reviewed 23 August 2011

We used to love Siesta Beach for its pristine sand that's as fine as powdered sugar, its lovely water and the immense cloud-filled sky above. That is, until my wife drowned there one evening last year from a rip current that swept her out to sea.

The sandbars off shore that other reviewers have mentioned can break if the pressure between them and the beach is high enough. The resulting fast outflow of water is called a rip current. We knew nothing about rip currents, how they happened and what to do if caught in one (you swim sideways to get out of the current), and the authorities don't put up red warning flags when weather systems are coming in that can create pressure that causes them.

Researching rip currents in the local paper - after my wife drowned - I discovered that they happen all the time, especially during the summer months, not just at Siesta but also Lido Beach and Anna Maria Island. It's a dangerous coast. The year before my wife drowned, lifeguards at the main Siesta Beach area near the big parking lot rescued 50 people who were in serious trouble from rip currents.

So if you're going to enjoy the sand and sun, great. If you're going to swim, make sure you're near a lifeguard tower and that the lifeguards are on duty (their hours were cut back in recent years). And only go in if you're a strong swimmer. Otherwise, keep yourself and your kids out of the water. Our loss was devastating to our family; you don't want it to happen to you, believe me.

15  Thank Riverdale
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Reviewed 19 August 2011

We first visited Siesta Keys in August 2011. We were a family of 8 with 2 children. We were so excited about the trip and had planned it for months. We made sure we had plenty of games to play, water to drink and sun lotion.

We fully intended to rent the beds and unbrellas when we arrived, assuming that we would be able to rent these for the duration of the day ie: 6pm at least. When we arrived at the rental shack, we were greeted or should I say ignored by the 2 teenage attendants and had to interrupt their conversation for assistance. What I was able to extract from the mumbled half sentences was that the total cost for 6 beds and 3 unbrellas was $112.00. We would be refunded $40 at the end of the day.

This was not so. The day was perfect. The beach was everything that we had hoped for. The teenagers and younger kids enjoyed themselves and we were in a total state of uphoria when we were rudely awakened by the attendant. You see, the attendant had set up the beds for us on the beach, directly in front of his shack, about 50 feet away. He returned to us at 4.12p to tell us that we had now lost our deposit and we were to return the beds ourselves because they close at 4pm and need their beds back.

I leave the remainder of that conversation to your imagination, but I will say....Siesta Keys is truly lovely but like most things there is always an undesireable element that we must try to avoid like this money making scam run by undesireable kids with no concern for good customer service and customer consideration. The same time it took him to upset our day, he could have made our day by approaching us at 4pm to remind us that he had actually forgotten to tell us that we would lose our deposit if we did not return the beds now. Instead he waited till 4.12pm to tell us that.

Furthermore, who closes bed rentals at 4pm? I will return next year to the beach with my own beds and unbrellas, and I hope to not see this shack still in business.

4  Thank Amanda A
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Reviewed 17 August 2011

Never been to a Beach where the sand is like powdered sugar and your feet do not get burned! The gulf water is clear - and when you go tot he beach - especially early morning you can see dolphins surfacing and frolicing. The best is very maintained and by lifegard house 3 it has a snack bar & they sell alcohol at descent price - as well as food and other drinks.

Go early on weekends - parking is very limited!

Go to the drum circle on Sunday - arrive no later than 6:30PM cause parking is tough!

2  Thank muff1234
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Reviewed 16 August 2011

We had a wonderful day at Siesta Key Beach. The public beach can be busy, it does have restrooms and showers and a place to wash your feet off. There is a guest services area to help you with your stay. If you want to be close to a place to eat skip the Public beach area and park by beach 5 by the Village. There is no restrooms or amenities but you can walk off the beach and grab a meal or a drink.

1  Thank PhatPatW
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