Siesta Beach, Sarasota, Florida
Siesta Key, one of the hundred's of small islands that surround Florida is home to one of the top beaches in the country for family enjoyment. It's Siesta Beach, located right in the heart of Siesta Key. The public beach is best known for its snow white sand beaches that are made mainly of quartz rather than coral so they are much easier to walk and lay on than many other Florida beaches. The beach one of many along the chain of barrier islands that lines the gulf coast of Florida. Siesta Beach is easily accessible by car or boat. The beach boasts over 800 parking spaces, but don't let that fool you into thinking there's plenty of room. Most weekends the lot and beach are full by noon.
The waters off the beach are quite shallow and the waves are generally small so it is a great place to bring small children for their first beach experience. This safety is augmented by year-round life guard protection at the beach. The beach also offers person's with disabilities a chance to enjoy the ocean. A limited number of specially designed wheelchairs are available to move across the sand and in the water.
Favorite activities at Siesta Beach include the ususals, sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, picnicking, volleyball. In addition there are some you might not expect including, tennis courts, playgrounds, a 20 station fitness trail, and soccer field. The beach has two concession stands to provide refreshments, or you can bring your own, but be aware, no glass containers are allowed on the beach. The beach offers a number of picnic tables and a limited number of shelters that can be reserved by calling +1 941 861-7275. If you get tired of the beach, you are within a block of Siesta Village, a shopping and dining complex offering a variety of items to make your trip even more special.
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