Siesta Key's Charms Extend Beyond Surf and Beach to Thriving Village

By: Hilda Mitrani


Siesta Key's secret is out! Dr. Beach has designated its Siesta Beach the top beach in the USA.

So, for those of you who’d like to plan a trip to see for yourself, here are a few things to do in the area.

  • Enjoy one of the three Siesta Key beaches, where you can relax on the nearly 100 percent pure quartz sand, so fine that it stays cool beneath your feet, or take advantage of the volleyball and tennis courts.
  • Check out Siesta Key Village, which is informal and full of restaurants and pubs, including many with outdoor areas. College kids particularly love the night scene.
  • Take a ride on the Siesta Trolley, which runs from one end of the island to the other. It's in operation from November through September for your riding pleasure.
  • A very special and fairly unique attribute – Siesta Key provides beach wheelchairs for those who need them.
  • Birding is wonderful here, and you need not be an expert. You can see lots of wading birds, sandpipers and wild parrots. Once, a Great Egret settled on the beach a few feet from me. (Their three and a half foot size is quite startling.)
  • And possibly my favorite Siesta Key activity, the Sunday evening Drum Circle. Families, seniors and everyone in between get together one hour before sunset in this ritual event, creating an atmosphere similar to Mallory Square in Key West with its dancers, jugglers and street performers. Typically, a ceremonial fire is also built.

Consider the pure quartz sand, the crystal-clear water and the serenity found here the primary purpose to visit Siesta Key. All the rest is like whipped cream on top of the sundae. And quite a treat it is!

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