One thing that truly is remarkable, is living right here in Florida. From our beautiful sandy beaches like Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida, to our award -winning golf courses, to salt-water fishing excursions, there is plenty of things to do and see while visiting the sunshine state. Visitors come from around the world to enjoy and take a glimpse of our salt life. -And honestly, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t see a license plate from a different state or country.
Central Florida is known as the mega for family vacations and tourism. Millions of visitors flock to Orlando each year to visit our theme park destinations like Disney World, Seaworld, and Universal. Even though most families love to be entertained by thrilled rides or visiting Mickey Mouse, there is certainly more to Florida than attractions. From our world class dining to our entertaining themed dinner shows, the state of Florida has become one to love for all visitors.
Many of our visitors love to visit our water park attractions to cool off during the day but nothing can compare to our beautiful and prestine beaches. Simply gorgeous and did I mention, the water temperature is beyond beautiful.
Depending on which side of the state that you’re visiting, the beaches on the southeast side of Florida will give you the fresh breeze of the Atlantic Ocean. When visiting from the Southwest part of Florida, you will find the warmest waters of the Gulf Coast. This is my favorite spot when I want to relax, sit under an umbrella, catch some waves with the kids, and enjoy what the salt life is really about. The ocean.
Finding that perfect spot on a white sandy beach seems easy enough for most, but finding a place to relax and enjoy what vacation is really about in Florida is what we seek. For me, it’s paradise and I found my new love interest in Siesta Key Beach.
Siesta Key has been voted as the number 1 beach in the U.S. because of it’s soft white sand and beautiful waters from Florida’s Gulf of Mexico. Being that most beaches elsewhere are made up mostly from coral, Siesta Key is made up from Quartz. A fun fact about Siesta Keys is how old it is. It’s actually over millions of years old. Amazing right? You will be happy to know that all year long you will find a lifeguard on duty at Siesta Key Beach. What makes this beach one of my top beaches to visit in Florida is how family friendly it is. Being that the shore is in swallow water depths, it’s great for children to play or swim.
The last time we visited it was free to park in one of their 800 spots available. But get there early or you will be circling around until you see someone leaving which could take awhile since most beach goers don’t leave until early afternoon.
On the beach of Siesta Key, you will also find public bathrooms, picnic tables, playgrounds and outdoor showers for rinsing off. Feel free to pack a cooler with your drinks and snacks for your day trip. It is also legal to drink alcoholic beverages on Sarasota County beaches like Siesta Key, but remember no glass containers.
On the south end of Siesta Key, it’s known as Turtle Beach. Turtle Beach offers free boat ramp access and is a great place to collect shark teeth which makes a fun Florida souvenir for the kids.
The Florida UV rays are quite powerful so protecting your skin with the proper sunblock is highly recommended. Just speaking from experience, the last thing you want is a sunburn to happen while vacationing. Protecting your skin is important and will reduce any wrinkles or aging of your skin. So if you plan on visiting one of Florida’s Beaches then load up on your water resistant sunscreen and especially on your children.
If your looking to rent a boat and go fishing, Great! There are plenty of locals that can help. Perhaps you want to indulge in some water sports like parasailing and kayaking. Awesome! You can find more about that too.
You can also find out more information about these great beach recreation activities by visiting Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce prior to your visit.
Siesta Key is a popular destination for adults and families. With plenty of action during the day and night, you will find souvenir shops, boutiques, local restaurants and accommodations to keep you busy.
So when your looking to get away from our central Florida theme parks, head west to the Siesta Key Beach and enjoy your salt life vacation.
Thanks for visiting!