The barrier island of Siesta Key is located near the northwestern corner of Sarasota County, nestled between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A short 12-minute drive away from Sarasota, this census-designated place blends the appeal of small-town charm with modern suburban flair and the conveniences of a beach community, making it a highly-desired residential and holiday destination for families, young professionals, retirees, and vacationers.
A fine selection of real estate awaits you in Siesta Key. Housing options include single-family residences, charming cottages and luxury canal-front properties, as well as apartments, townhouses, and condos done in various architectural styles ranging from traditional to contemporary. Most homes provide relaxing views of the canals, bay or the Gulf of Mexico with private boat docks and access to the beach.
Siesta Key has its share of amenities, including two popular shopping districts with a variety of shops, boutiques, restaurants, and galleries; there’s Siesta Key Village along Ocean Blvd near the Gulf Coast, and the Siesta South Shopping area along Midnight Pass Road past the Stickney Point Bridge.
Siesta Key Quick Facts
- The island was originally called “Sarasota Key.”
- Siesta Key can be accessed by two bridges from the mainland: over Siesta Drive from Sarasota on the northern side, and through the Stickney Point Bridge on the southern side.
- Major thoroughfares in Siesta Key include Florida State Road 758, which becomes Siesta Drive as it enters the key from Sarasota then splits into several major routes southwards, including County Road 789A, Ocean Blvd, Beach Road, Higel Avenue, and Midnight Pass Road, which also intersects with State Road 72 as it becomes Stickney Point Road over the bridge.
- The white sand on the beaches is pure quartz ground into a fine powder, and is so distinctive that it was rated as the world’s finest, whitest sand, in the Great International Sand Challenge held in 1987.
- Siesta Beach has been ranked as the “Best Beach in America” by sources like the Travel Channel and Dr. Beach.
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