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Enjoy the White Sandy Beach at Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota, Florida

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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 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.

Siesta Key Beach

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.


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Hi, I'm Michele. So glad to see that you stopped by Sunshine and Flip Flops. My blog is devoted to easy recipe creations for busy families like my own, traveling with family, and tips on everyday life solutions. Did I also forget to say? I'm from Central Florida, so bring on the warm weather, flip flops, beaches, and chilled beverages!


  • eric

    i think its the best beach ive ever been too i have been to many mostly up north i was turned off by the rocky seaweed sand and cold water but the soft powder clean sand warm sun and green blue waters make it worth going too
  • CourtneyLynne

    Siesta Key really is a beautiful beach! I'm hoping to take my princess on a FL trip this summer and take her to Siesta key one of the days we are in FL :):)
  • Robin (Masshole Mommy)

    Oh how I miss the beach. We have a very short beach season here in MA, so this would be a great winter getaway for us :)
  • Audrey (trihardmom)

    We have enjoyed Florida's beaches while living in Alabama. They are impressive with white sand and clear water. We are going to go one or two more times before we move this summer. Maybe we can try Siesta Key out!
  • Chubskulit Rose

    Oh my, looking at your photos makes me want to fly to Florida and spend a week in the beach lol. We have been to Pensacola and Orlando but not on Siesta Key yet. Looks beautiful!
  • Ann Bacciaglia

    I would love to be at the beach today. It is so cold here and we have a lot of snow. Florida would be a great place for a vacation.
  • Krystal

    This is definitely one of my favorites too! I'm from Clearwater and St. Pete Beach, but Siesta is truly beautiful. The bars and restaurants in Siesta are so much fun too!
  • Tammilee Tips

    The beaches is one of my favorite part of going to Florida!!! I don't think we have been to this beach before looks great!
  • R U S S

    I have not hit the beach in a while and it's about time I go to one soon. After all, summer just started in my country. I love your photos - and the beach, WOW. I like that it's clean and the sand is just so white.
  • Bonnie @ wemake7

    I would love to be there right now at the beach. We are under snow right now. =( I'm hoping I can take the family to Florida some day.
  • Amby Felix

    I haven't been to Florida in such a long time! What fun. We are definitely a beach bunny family and love the warm weather and cool waves.
  • Jacqueline

    I live just west of Fort Lauderdale. Central Florida beaches and South Florida beaches are nothing compared to the FL west coast beaches! I love the seashells in Naples, but yes, Siesta Key is amazing! I would pick that over Ft. Lauderdale aka Ft. Liquordale and all the daytime partiers! I like family friendly :)
  • Natalie

    Never been to FL before, this would be such an awesome time to be able to go to the beach whenever you wanted to. Meanwhile the north easy is so over this crappy weather for sure.
  • Frankie D

    This is great! I was just talking to my husband about visiting this beach when we arrive in Florida in 2 weeks. It's stunning!
  • Darcy Sargeto

    I've been to that beach several times. It's breathtaking. The white sandy is just gorgeous. Feels wonderful on your feet.
  • Billie - Jamie Smith

    We just came back from visiting Florida and the weather was perfect. On our trip back, we need to stop at Siesta Keys. What a beautiful beach.
  • Natasha Lee

    My mil lives close by and we visit that beach when we come to Sarasota. It's beautiful and my husband enjoys having a few cold beers while lounging.
  • Giovanna Samboro

    Oh, I must go! Just looking at the clear water and white sand makes me think of paradise. The perfect destination!
  • Kelley Mason

    We just returned from Florida in February and coming back in April. I need to tell my husband about this beach. I so want to go. My kids will love it!
  • Celesa Rodriguez

    My family and I would love to go to that beach. I can't believe how white that sand is. It must feel so different from rocky sand that we have.
  • Sammy Hines

    Love your pictures. These pictures make me wanna visit Florida soon. Gosh, I've been to Miami Beach but never on the south-west. I'm missing out big time.
  • maureen Randell

    My husbands friend was just talking about this beach. He wants to bring us there the next time we visit him. I believe he lives in north port. Is that close?
  • Ashley De'Marco

    I want to be there so bad. I need a vacation like this. I love visiting beautiful beaches like this one. Gorgeous!

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