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Review of Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach
Ranked #2 of 31 things to do in Siesta Key
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: Public swimming beach known for its clean, hard-packed sand.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Activities for young children
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Let me say from the start that I'm rating not the sand but the overall beach experience.

No questions, the sand, hands down, is one of the best I've ever seen. I hear it's almost pure quarz, so maybe that's the reason it doesn't get scorchingly hot like some other places. The grain is so fine, it feels like powder of flour.

The water is rather clean, and the entry is shallow, making it safe(r) for kids: you need to walk about 70 ft. in to get chest-deep.

The sand bar is very wide, which is both a blessing (lots of room for lots of people) and a curse (because you need to walk long distances to get to any services). The infrastructure is a rather weak point because the beach and the number of people it attracts need at least triple the number of facilities already there (toilets, change rooms, water fountains, concessions, etc.) That's the key reason I'm taking one star off.

Be mindful of the limited parking space. The parking lot is fairly big, but the number of visitors is bigger still.

2  Thank lubger
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

This beach was on our must see list and being from Minnesota it did not disappoint! Clear water, soft powdery sand. The kids absolutely loved it! We saw dolphins swimming in the distance as well! It was a lot of fun! PSA: many seagulls around trying to steal peoples food, watch out.

Thank Michelle M
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

The Most Beautiful beach in the USA!!!!! The sand is powder white and exceptionally clean!!!!!! Water is beautiful aqua color!!!

Thank Lori N
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

We loved this beach. The sand stays cool, doesn’t stick, and is comfortable to walk on.

Strong suggestion: Do not try to take a car here! We didn’t have a car for this trip, as we had heard it was difficult to park and that there was a free shuttle from the hotel and anywhere up and down the beach (tips only). There are actually a few of these shuttles, and this is definitely the way to go.

Another suggestion: Instead of going to the main beach with the bathrooms and concession stand, you can go to the section nearest to town (I think it was section 5). There is a small parking lot here, though it was very busy. From here, you can easily walk to town for coffee or a meal, or even some shopping; most places are happy to let you use their facilities.

You can rent umbrellas and beach chairs by the main entrance and in a few areas north of there.

Prepare to walk for miles - and not even feel it! A beautiful beach.

Thank car0lewig
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This 8 mile Long Beach on Florida’s gulf coast just outside of Sarasota has the most luxurious pristine fine white sand. It offers the opportunity to stroll its length and drink in the luscious Florida sun and surf. It’s wide beach let’s one have a modicum of privacy in a normally crowded atmosphere. In April it hosts the southern volleyball championships with a large number of colleges represented. Every inch of this enticing beach offers many pleasant memories.

Thank lefrancophile
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