Winner of the "Worlds finest, whitest sand," Sarasota's Siesta Key Public Beach extends along a half-mile of the most pristine white sands in the world. The pure quartz, pulverized to a fine powder, has a magical quality. There is no sand quite like Siesta's, anywhere. Even under the burning subtropical sun, The quartz sand feels cool to the touch. Lifeguards watch over Siesta Key Public Beach all year, and there are tennis, volleyball, softball and food concession facilities provided. Picnic pavilions are available for groups at a nominal fee. Water sports of every kind add color and excitement to the Siesta Beach scene. The 800-car parking lot is frequently full, for this is the most popular beach in Sarasota County. For information on renting picnic shelters call (941) 316-1172.
Sarasota's beach amenities include:
. rest rooms / changing facilities
. beach showers
. picnic tables & gazebos
. public tennis courts
. beach volleyball courts
. soccer field
. 20 station fitness trail
. playground equipment
. lifeguards on duty year round at some beaches
At the southern end of Siesta Key is Turtle Beach. The sand here is a bit coarser, but that means the shelling is better. Turtle Beach is also quieter, and although there are no lifeguards or food concessions, families appreciate its comparative solitude and numerous facilities plenty of picnic tables, pavilions with grills, ample parking, and playground equipment.
Crescent Beach, usually a little less crowded than the Siesta Key Public Beach, has the same fine, white sand. Located just south of Siesta Key Public Beach, it stretches for about one and a half miles toward a place called Point of Rocks, where Snorkelers & Scuba Divers explore the underwater scenery.
Palmer Point Beach begins at the southern tip of Siesta Key and continues onto the north end of Casey Key. The northern part of the beach was the former home of Mote Marine Laboratory. Since the closing of Midnight Pass in 1984, the beach allows uninterrupted walking all the way down Casey Key. The beach is a popular spot for boaters and people who walk there from Turtle Beach seeking some privacy. There are no lifeguards and no facilities.
Our excellent climate encourages outdoor recreation of all kinds all year round. Whether you want to be an active participant or an avid spectator, you'll find most varieties of sport right here in Sarasota County, or nearby in the Bay area.
Sarasota is a very friendly pet area, although there are no dogs allowed on Siesta Key Beach, there are several parks, waterfront areas, and beaches dogs are allowed on;
Arlington Park. 2650 Waldemere Street. Near Tamiami Trail.
Bay Front Park. U.S. 41 and Ringling. Next to Marina Jack Restaurant. (Some water)
Bird Key Park on the John Ringling Causeway. (Beach front)
Gillespie Park. 710 N. Osprey Avenue. Downtown at Gillespie and N. Osprey.
Ken Thompson Park - 1700 Ken Thompson Pky. On City Island, by Mote Marine. (Beach front)
Paw Parks (Animals can be let off leashes):
17th Street Park. 4570 17th Street. East of Beneva Rd & West of Honore Ave.
Woodmere Park. 3951 Woodmere Park Blvd., Venice.
Woodmere Park. 1600 Harbor Dr. S., Venice. Official Paw Dog Beach, 7 days a week from 7am