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“Feel the vibe - Drumming Circle on Siesta Key Beach”
Review of Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach
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Owner description: Public swimming beach known for its clean, hard-packed sand.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed November 20, 2011

Every Sunday night before sunset it just happens - the drumming circle drummers bring their drums & percussion instruments and the beat starts. The tribal sounds attract the attendees naturally. See the wonderful photos I have posted from Oct 30th-2011. Bring yourself, a drum, a chair, a blanket, a glass of wine, your lover, your children, a hula hoop – whoever, whatever. Nothing to be inhibited about. Make new friends and sit, dance, move and feel the vibrations from the drumming circle at the Siesta Key public beach. Just a tad south of the main pavilion between lifeguard stands #3 & 4. Follow the tempting sounds. Yes the woman dancing could be a Bedouin dancer or a belly dancer with a saber twirling on her head as she spins around and you become mesmerized. Lots of pretty ladies & handsome men. Scarf dancers & children dot the area. Don’t forget the sunsets – yes these are for real and not enhanced. Plus as stated by coastal expert Dr. Stephen P. Leatherman, Director of FLA Int’l University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research; Siesta Key beaches are #1 in the nation. Siesta Key has the finest & whitest sand in the world. Yes the word! Put your toes in and feel the cool powdery sand. They say it’s 98% quartz – ahhhh Mother Nature!

Date of experience: October 2011
3  Thank JENNIE-A
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Reviewed November 20, 2011

After being named the #1 Beach in the USA, Siesta Key Beach has become a destination location for thousands. The parking lot is always full. The county puts on venues that make it look like Coney Island. The "natural" ambiance it once had is being replaced with money-making activities that entice younger people with alcohol and party-going.
Siesta Key has always been in the top 5-10 of Dr Beach's ratings. It would have been better served holding on to the #5 rating as this influx of people makes it look like beaches in the northeast. Waiting to see if they're going to serve funnel cakes and offer wet T-shirt contests. Boo hoo

Date of experience: November 2011
Thank FLTraveler88
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

This is the most beautiful beach in all of the US except perhaps a couple in Hawaii. The powder sugar sand is gorgeous and soft. The beach is exceptionally wide, offers picnicing, beach rentals, a snack bar, lots of room for everyone. The only negative is not enough parking. Love this place!!!

Date of experience: November 2011
Thank Charlotte M
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

you have to see to believe. Sunday Drum Circle is a hoot.

Date of experience: November 2011
Thank CaptainCrunch941
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Reviewed November 19, 2011

My children and I traveled to Sarasota to visit my dad and stepmom for a long weekend. Each time we go down for a visit, I recall the soft, white non-gritty sand of my first time at Siesta Key about 4 years ago. So naturally, this trip (only 3 1/2 days) I told my dad that as soon as we unpacked our suitcases from the airport I wanted to head to Siesta Key. Since we were there on a Thursday afternoon, we were able to get a parking spot without problem. I know that on a busy weekend day, it can be virtually impossible. But our mid afternoon visit was perfect. The sun was still warm , the beach was not crowded and the sand --- it is just too amazing to even describe. It is soft and easy to walk in and so wonderful on your feet. The water was Florida warm (coming from New England, I always marvel at how warm the gulf water is no matter what time of year)!
I then also returned to Siesta Key public beach early Sunday morning. The weekend we visited was the annual Sand Sculpture contest. Amazing creations were being sculpted by artists from all over the world. For $5.00 you could get right up close to the sculptures, or if you just wanted a distant view and to walk among the food, clothing and jewelry vendors, you could see it all for free.
I highly recommend a visit to Siesta Key Public Beach the next time you are in Sarasota. To avoid the hassle of crowds or limited parking, go either for an early morning walk -- it is so peaceful and the sights, sounds and smells are so soothing. Or go in the late afternoon and then stay for the sunset -- it will remind you how fortunate you are to be alive.

Date of experience: November 2011
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