The Beach

Differences Between the Gulf and the Ocean

By Best Western  Siesta Key   |     June 22, 2021

Sand Composition


While the sand on the Atlantic side is comprised of a mix of seashells, pebbles, and other stirred-up sediments from the ocean, the Gulf’s white sand is comprised of 99% white quartz crystals.

Water Temperature


While some prefer a nice cool swim in the ocean, others favor warm waves to float in while basking in the sun. The water in The Gulf of Mexico is often five degrees warmer than the Atlantic Ocean, thanks to The Gulf Stream.

Waves and Clear Blue Water


Due to the lack of strong waves that stir and sweep up shells, sediment, and debris from the ocean, the Gulf of Mexico proudly offers its breathtaking, signature turquoise hue but often forfeits the lulling “roar” of the ocean.

Experience these differences for yourself when you visit Siesta Key!