Siesta Key is a beautiful barrier island eight miles long just offshore of Sarasota, Florida. You will find it alive with tropical atmosphere, blessed with the world’s finest, whitest beaches, filled with charming hideaways, and always offering plenty to do – but it is also a place to relax, and let the warm breezes, cool water and soft sand transport you to your personal paradise!
The beaches of Siesta Key are world-renowned. The pure quartz, pulverized to a fine white powder, has a magical quality. There is no sand quite like Siesta’s anywhere. They are also the island’s centers of social activity – places to meet, to hold reunions, group picnics, even weddings – or just to stroll, bicycle or jog with friends. Siesta Key was first colonized in 1846. Population of the island had only grown to 300 by 1940 when it was primarily made up of fishing camps.
In the late 1800’s, Siesta Key was variously called Clam Island, Sarasota Key or Little Sarasota Island, depending on which map you looked at. Early Siesta Key was a beautiful, but hostile, environment—inhabited mainly by wildcats and wild boars. Settling here meant a life of hardscrabble survival for those who dared to tame its challenging landscape. Early settlers, it turns out, were not initially attracted to the natural beauty of the Key and its surrounding waters. They came merely to raise crops in harsh sandy soil that gave very little back. They came because it was the only available property that hadn’t been deeded away to land speculators.
Today’s Siesta Key will captivate you the moment you step onto its world-famous powdery white beaches. From sunrise to sunset, Siesta Key’s displays its unsurpassed beauty to thousands of residents and tourists throughout the year. Head slightly further inland and you’ll discover Siesta Village, complete with eclectic shops, fine restaurants and plenty more to see and do. Venture down Siesta’s side streets and you’ll find everything from gulf front condominiums, villas and townhomes, to magnificent seaside estates.
There are two main shopping districts right on Siesta Key, each with a wide variety of shops that carry merchandise ranging from gifts and T-shirts to the finest haute couture to ice cream. Siesta Key Village is located on the northwest side of the Key about one block from the Gulf. The Siesta South Shopping area begins at the Stickney Point Bridge and goes south along Midnight Pass Road. From November to September our own Siesta Key Trolley will take you from the southern-most part of the island to the north end.
Two bridges link the island to the mainland, allowing it to remain an uncomplicated natural paradise without sacrificing the amenities of contemporary life. The north bridge, Siesta Drive, is within the City of Sarasota and provides convenient access to the city, its business and arts districts, and to the Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport via US Highway 41. The south bridge, Stickney Point Road, provides access to south Sarasota County and a direct route to Interstate 75.
For more regarding Siesta Key or to preview homes for sales, please contact Tina Ciaccio.