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Siesta Key Public Beach Access Points – Know Before You Go
There are plenty of great spots to enter the miles of pristine coastline in Siesta Key. Recently named #1 Beach in the USA and #5 Beach in the World by TripAdvisor users, Siesta Key beaches boast high-quality sand, clear aqua water, and all the beach amenities a vacationer could ask for.
The Siesta Key pavilion features lifeguard stations, restrooms, a covered pavilion, grilling and picnic stations, concessions, playground equipment, floating wheelchairs, volleyball nets, lighted tennis courts, hiking trails, swimming, sunbathing, fishing, birding, bike racks, showers, and is pet-friendly. And that’s just around our main pavilion.
The experts at the Best Western Siesta Key understand you may be looking for something more specific for your beach vacation, so we’ve broken down the features of each beach access point for you. Choose the perfect spot for your day in the sun and enjoy Siesta Key to the fullest.
Public Beach Access Points:
Siesta Key Access 1: Shell Beach is a quiet slice of beach in a residential neighborhood that can be a quiet place to relax. Even with no lifeguards, swimming, or pets, the likelihood of seeing a dolphin or manatee makes this somewhat secluded spot majestic. 3940 N. Shell Rd. Sarasota, FL.
Siesta Key Access 2: Find the “Broken Pier,” a Siesta Key staple at this beach access, just a short walk west of Siesta Village. Young locals and visitors are attracted to the rocky surroundings for climbing and photo ops. 41 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL (Parking limited to only 1 ADA space).
Siesta Key Access 3: Despite no parking, this walkable beach is a great spot to enjoy everything Siesta beaches have to offer without the crowds found at some of the other locations. 100 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL. No Parking. Pedestrian access only.
Siesta Key Access 4: Distinctive tidal pools, gorgeous sunset pics, and water on either side of Sunset Point, this expanse of the beach tends to stay less crowded than other access points. While there’s no parking, it’s a short walk from Siesta Village’s main strip or the larger parking lot at Access 7. 180 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL.
Siesta Key Access 5: If you go to the beach for the parking, this is not the beach for you. With one of Siesta Key’s least favorable parking situations and quite a walk from Siesta Village, many choose other access points, leaving this one less populated. But, if you go to the beach for the serenity of natural beauty, camp out here all day and enjoy the peace and quiet. 200 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL.There is no Beach Access 6.
Siesta Key Access 7: Cross a patch of protected plant wildlife to enjoy the most photogenic area of beach along our coastline. With nearly 40 parking spots, this beach is second-most accessible by vehicle after the main beach. It can also be reached via a short walk from Siesta Village. 402 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL.
Siesta Key Access 8: From a decent-sized parking area, take a quick walk past a lineup of sailboats in the grass on your way to this popular stretch of beach. You’ll also cross the largest stretch of protected plant life, giving you a beautiful view of the natural beauty Florida has to offer. 458 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL.
Siesta Key Access 9: A few parking spaces keep this stretch of beach sparsely populated, but passes by the Ringling Beach House for a scenic stay at the beach. 514 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL.Siesta Key Access 10: Perfect for a bicycle ride-up, this piece of the beach has no parking but is close enough to the main beach and far enough from the crowds to be the idyllic spot for beachcombing. 598 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL. No Parking. Pedestrian access only.
Siesta Key Access 11: The widest stretch of beach on the island, this section features street parking and pavilions for picnics, barbeques, and get-togethers. This is a perfect section of the beach for larger group gatherings. 690 Beach Rd., Sarasota, FL.
Siesta Key Access 12: Crescent Beach is a popular location due to its close proximity to the Stickney Point Bridge and the dining and shopping at Siesta Village. Parking is tricky at best and downright unavailable at worst, so arrive early to enjoy this particular location. 6490 Midnight Pass Rd., Sarasota, FL.
Siesta Key Access 13: Point of Rocks is a highlight of Siesta Key’s beaches. With limestone outcroppings and a large seawall, snorkeling conditions are perfect. Be careful on the slippery rocks as you enjoy the clear views of manatees, dolphins, and fish species in the clear, calm waters. 1000 Point of Rocks Rd., Sarasota, FL. No Parking. Pedestrian access only.Siesta Key is full of natural beauty, wildlife and fun in the sun. To experience all of these amazing bits of beach in one stretch, begin at Access 13 and walk all the way to Access 2 on the best sand in the world. For more great details about the beaches at Siesta Key, talk to the local experts at Best Western Siesta Key. We’re here to help you make the most of your beach vacation and enjoy our beautiful island to the fullest.