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Review of Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach
Ranked #1 of 25 things to do in Siesta Key
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Owner description: Public swimming beach known for its clean, hard-packed sand.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Sarasota, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 November 2013

My parents retired in Sarasota and would go each morning to Siesta Key Beach for a walk and a
swim from 10 am to 12 noon. It is one of the best features in Sarasota which appeals to all tourists. You must arrive to obtain good parking early before 9 am or you will be waiting at least
15 - 20 minutes. It is enjoyable for all ages. If you visit Sarasota, you need to come to Siesta Key
Beach. Number One!

Visited December 2012
2 Thank JerseyPhil1950
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New York
Level 6 Contributor
218 reviews
109 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
“Pristine sand, blue skies - "Number 1 Beach"”
Reviewed 24 November 2013

I've been coming here for years, and think I've reviewed it before, but not within the last year. Revisited today, and it's just as lovely (and slightly less crowded). Now, late November the water temp was 72 (F), clean, and the sand was beautiful. Water a bit chilly as it can be this time of year. Walking along knee-high I felt something I didn't see at first, but it was 'needle fish' swimming into me. (They're like jumbo minnows, named for their shape, totally harmless.)

Sometimes this public beach is totally jammed up in the parking lot, cars circling and unable to find a spot. Today wasn't too bad, but it's a slow week just before Thanksgiving, and a bit chilly water temp, and breezy. Snow cones and home-made ice-cream, volleyball nets and various rentals mostly unused today, no parasailing overhead as is often typical of a warm beach day "in season". Just a few waterboards and paddle ball players.

Something new I noticed (and see reviewed elsewhere under Siesta Key) was a colorful Free Siesta Key shuttle buggie, with a Facebook logo on a fender, and a sign saying they work for tips.
I guess that's an alternative for anyone staying further up the key who doesn't want to hike, bike, or compete for a parking space. Anyway it's there.

As for the beach and why it is called America's #1 beach - it's not for a boardwalk or 'developed' attractions that this beach is top-rated, it's the sand. White talcum-like powder. It's been declared the 'purest'/finest by scientific study. Lots of it, too, a wide beach with space for frisbee, volleyball, etc. There weren't many shells strewn about today but as always this is a great place to walk, wade, and pick shells or build sand-castles. Early November-ish there is a spectacular International Sand Sculpting competition amid this sand. When the water's warm ti's a perfect spot for all sorts of water sports and just bobbing about in the sun and surf. Free, nicely maintained, and popular.

Visited November 2013
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Gallipolis, Ohio
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 November 2013

This beach is as good as it gets as far as public beaches go, or any beach I have seen for that matter. Beautiful, calm, clear water. Nice white sand. I can hardly wait to return. I really do wish that this place was a secret that very few knew about. The date is off two months but it only let me go back to Dec. 2012.

Visited December 2012
Thank James K
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Middle River Maryland, United States
Level 5 Contributor
62 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“One of the best beaches in the U.S.!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

The water is blue and clear. The sand is white and fine. The beach is wide and clean. Best beach by far in the U.S. You would think you were in the Bahamas. Very clean bath house. Nice place to relax. Get there between 10:00 and 10:30 to get a parking spot. The lot fills up fast and is not that big.

Visited July 2013
Thank Lois K
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Grapevine, TX
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Great place to visit!”
Reviewed 21 November 2013

Very nice beach! The sand feels incredible! I recommend going in a warmer month so you can enjoy the water!
Got to see a professional sandcastle contest that was really cool!! It's a must see.

Visited November 2013
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