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It's All About the Beaches
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Written by Sean Nelson   
Monday, 09 August 2010 16:35

It's all about the beaches.  Sure you want a nice place to eat.  You need to find some extra-curriculars to fill in some time and enhance your trip.  But the end result is you'll spend a majority of your time lounging on the beach or splashing in the ocean.  And Siesta Key and the surrounding area knocks it out of the park when it comes to beaches.

There are four beaches on siesta Key and each has its own personality and dynamic.  Here they are:

Siesta Key Public Beach:

The most popular beach on Siesta Key is located mid-island just off Midnight Pass Rd.  This is the widest beach on siesta Key and its a good thing because on a busy weekend you can expect to have 15,000 plus people sharing the beach with you.  There is a huge parking lot so if you get there before 10AM you should have no trouble finding a place to park.

The beach has all the amenities you need to enjoy your visit including restrooms, concession stand, picnic areas with grills.  It also offers some opportunities to display your athletic skills including sand volleyball courts and tennis courts.

The beach offers the famous powdered white sands, azure waters, and stunning sunsets.  Life guards are on duty throughout the year.

  • rest rooms
  • picnic tables
  • tennis courts
  • volleyball courts (on the beach)
  • 20 station fitness trail
  • playground equipment

Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach is a more secluded beach serving primarily those who are staying in the hotels, resorts, and condos that border the beach.  It features the same powdered white sand, azure waters, and great sunsets as the public beach, but does not have any public facilities.

There are some public beach access points but you'll need to arrive early to find parking which is severely limited.  The bonus is that you'll find the beach less crowded than its northern neighbor, more peaceful and private.

At the southern end of the beach is the Point of Rocks which is great for snorkeling and diving, and a great area to find coral rock formations, abundant marine life, and beautiful sea shells.

  • Privacy
  • Seclusion

Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach is located on the Southern portion of Siesta Key and provides facilities  that include picnic areas, a volleyball court, a horseshoe pit, and a kids playground, a boat launch, and fishing in the adjacent Blind Pass lagoon.

The beach is narrower than the other two beaches and there is a steeper drop off once you enter the water.  This is a great beach for shell hunters and beach combers, who often find petrified sharks teeth.  Parking is usually abundant.  There are no lifeguards on the beach.

  • rest rooms
  • a building for meetings
  • boat ramps
  • large group picnic shelters
  • small picnic shelters
  • horseshoe courts
  • volleyball court
  • playground equipment
  • dune walkovers

Palmer Point Beach

Palmer Point Beach begins at the southern tip of Siesta Key and continues onto the north end of Casey Key. The northern part of the beach was the former home of Mote Marine Laboratory. Since the closing of Midnight Pass in 1984, the beach allows uninterrupted walking all the way down Casey Key. The beach is a popular spot for boaters and kayakers who beach their boats in the area of the former pass as well as for people who walk there from Turtle Beach seeking some privacy.

There are no lifeguards and no facilities.

Regardless of which beach you choose you'll have access to some of the finest beaches in the country, abundant shell hunting, clear aqua water, and amazing sunsets.  You may find that you have a favorite, or you may find that each beach is different enough that you mix it up, enjoying all that Siesta Key has to offer.

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