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@ siesta_key . calm

Aug 13, 2006  Annual Family Adventure
4.0 of 5 stars based on 10 votes

A short list of a just a few of our favorite things to do on and around Siesta Key.

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Sarasota
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Culture, Sightseeing, Shopping, Active/Outdoors, Never been before, Beachgoers
  • Appeals to: Couples/romantics, Honeymooners, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Active/adventure, Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. Crescent Beach
    http://www.bestbeaches.org/crescentbeach/

    This is the beach everyone is talking about. Pure white, crushed quartz sand. ALWAYS cool to the touch. Blue-Green water with constant light breezes. Gentile, gradual sloping shoreline gives children tons of play area in shallow water. The worlds most awesome sunsets. In a word, INCREDIBLE!

    Don't confuse this Crescent Beach with the one on Floridas East coast (By St. Augustine.)

  • 2. Point of Rocks
    http://www.beachhunter.net/siesta_key_beachfront/point_of_rocks.htm

    Do you have a public aquarium in your city or at your local zoo? Have you ever wished you could swim in the water with the fish and while exploring the reef? Well you can at Point of Rocks on Siesta Key. This is a great place for kids and adults to snorkle and explore aquatic life.

    The shools of fish literally swim past and around you. We saw crabs and coral and found awesome shells and sand dollars.

    I suggest you go to the Beach Bazar on Ocean Blvd. on the key to buy a snorkel set. We went to a couple of the heavily advertised places that are not on the key and they were average priced discount houses with very litte choice and selection. We were able to get a decent mask/tube combo that came with a net mesh carrying bag that doubles as a shell/treasure bag while you snorkel for ten bucks. One of the other store didn't even have air tubes.

    Flippers are not needed, but the only thing I would do different next time is wear beach shoes. Some of the rocks can be rough on the feet.

    Parking is scarce and you may have to walk there from a public access point if you are not staying in a condo on Crescent Beach.

  • 3. Drum Circle, Siesta Key Public Beach
    http://www.simplysiestakey.com/DrumCircle.html

    This is a sun worshippers must do. In a tribute to the setting sun, dozens of local and traveling drum players and other musicians gather around and play for about a solid hour before sundown every Sunday evening. As the setting sun lowers in the sky the beat gets faster, louder and more intense until finally ending in a loud cheer and clapping when the sun sets below the horizon. As the drummers play, people dance, toss flower petals and hand out roses.

    It is located on Siesta Key public beach and happens every Sunday. It starts about 90 minutes before sunset. It's free to all and anyone can join in and play music, dance and sing.

  • 4. Venice Beach, Venice, Florida
    http://venice-fla.com/beaches.htm

    A short drive south of Siesta Key is Venice Beach. It is renowned for its pre-historic sharks teeth.

    Believe me, I was skeptical as my daughter persuaded me to drive here to look for sharks teeth.

    Well guess what? It was like an easter egg hunt. I found five teeth myself . One was a near perfect tiger shark tooth that is close to an inch long and 2 - 65 million years old. TOO COOL!

    Bring a strainer (not too fine or small holes) and your patience and you WILL find sharks teeth.


    Venice also has a dog friendly beach. It has dog showers, fire hydrants, etc. and dogs can around off of their leash, also.

    One caveat is the sand is not as nice nor the water as clear as Siesta Key but well worth the trip for the adventure of treasure hunting.

  • 5. Flying Fish Fleet, Fishing Charters
    http://www.flyingfishfleet.com/

    Great Outfit. Two really big boats and one 41 footer for a party of six. Located at Marina Jack in Downtown Sarasota. (it's only a ten minute drive from Siesta key.)

    These guys have this down to a science. Just about everybody on the boat caught at least one keeper fish.

    Very reasonable prices for what you get. They supply everything. Poles, license, bait, ice or you can bring your own. They even clean the fish for fifty cents each.

    The boats have restrooms and a concession stand with beer, pop, water, dogs, chips, candy, ice cream, etc. or you are more than welcome to bring a cooler with your own food and beverages

    We took the sunset trip and watched the sunset as we came back in and we also watched a dolphin "chase" us back in. He stayed with the boat for about fifteen minutes, just jumping in the air and generally showing off for all the cameras.

    A good time was had by all and YES, we took the fish back to the condo and had a wonderful fish dinner.

  • 6. Pelican Man's Bird Sanctuary
    http://www.pelicanman.org/

    This is a neat place with a great cause in mind. It was started by man that was down and out on his luck when he came across a sick pelican. With no background or veterinary experience he nursrsed it back to helath and released it. With that gesture he un-knowingly started the "Pelican Man Sanctuary". It is a fascinating story and interesting place to visit.

    We visit every trip and before he passed away, were fortunate enough to talk with Dale on several occasions . We even watched as squirrels would cilmb into his pockets (yes, into his pockets) and pull out the peanuts Dale was carrying while we were talking to him. They were not pets they were just wild squirrels that came down out of the trees. Fascinating.

  • 7. Mote Marine Aquarium
    Mote Marine Laboratory and Aquarium, Sarasota

    Check out their website motemarine.org

    More then just an aquarium, Mote is an Aqua Science laboratory. They monitor and study everything from sea life to the water and weather conditions that affect them.

    It is very educational as well as entertaining and we go every trip for the sharks and manatees in the huge open top aquarium.

    Well worth it for the price of admission.

  • 8. St. Armands Circle
    St. Armands Circle, Sarasota

    starmandscircleassoc.com


    I am not a big shopper myself but this place is fun even for guys like me. The family loves it and you WILL find a store that has something to impress you. The shops are all unique and interesting and the layout and landscape is just beautiful.

    Every time we visit we eat at a different restaurant and have never been disapointed.

    The circle has a wonderful history and a vibe that can't just be re-created anywhere else. It's a very short drive (15 minutes) from Siesta Key and well worth the trip. Go early to shop and dine, then take a short walk down to Lido Beach for the sunset.

    You will say to yourself, "Life is good"

  • 9. Beach Bazar, beach store
    http://www.beach-bazaar.com/main.html

    Best beach store I have ever been to. RonJons in Cocoa Beach is bigger and has more Surf Boards, but I like this place more. It has less of tourist trap feel and has ALL the essential beach gear.

    We went to a few of the heavily advertised/marketed places that are not on the key thinking we would save money. Well, the selction at these places stunk and the prices were the same if not higher.

    The Beach Bazar had more styles, sizes and colors of snorkel gear than the other three combined and just had a real beachy feel to it. The others were like the K-Mart of swim gear.

    Don't waste your valuable vacation time running around like we did, trying to save a few pennies. Just stay on the Key and go to the Beach Bazar.