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Reviewed February 28, 2012

The whitest and smoothest sand I've ever laid feet on! The day we went the weather was beautiful and the sun was very strong, but the sand was never too hot. The water is a gorgeous aquamarine color and very clean. Despite this, there were very few people in swimming, although there are rip tides there and the water was a little on the cool side. Parking is FREE (unheard of) but the lot fills up quickly so get there early or use one of the beach access roads that are along the way to the public beach. Pick up a free map at a store or in one of those bins at the side of the road to locate where the access roads are, along Beach Rd. We found #12 and squeezed into the last available parking spot around 10:30 am. If you use this access be mindful that there are no bathrooms, restaurants, or water fountains close by so plan accordingly. We actually walked up to the public beach to use the facilities and it was a LOOOONNNG walk in the hot sun (maybe 1.5 miles). It was very busy up there with long lines for food. Prices ranged from $2.00 bottle of water, $5.00 hamburgers with offerings of subs, hot dogs, and regular beach food and beer. This is where you will find the bathrooms that are used quite a bit. There were outside showers and faucets to clean off your feet. If you are looking for shells, you may find a few, but the amount and variety of shells are limited. Best to head down to Sanibel if you are looking for shells. Ohh...at access #12 there were lots of aggressive birds that I had to compete with to finish my lunch. They really got close when we took our food out so we ended up eating quickly and putting the extra food back in the car.
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Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

Siesta Key is a very nice beach area. The sand is white and so fine. Very few shells, so much easier to walk down by the water.

Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

The white expanse of Siesta Key Beach always amazes me. Unfortunately, I usually get to visit in winter months, so the beautiful sand is rather cold. Nevertheless, it's one of my favourite places in Sarasota. I love its width, it's powdery texture and how clean it manages to stay despite the fact it's public.

Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

We visit the Tampa area each February, staying with relatives. Typically visit Clearwater beach, which has the pier and some nice restaurants on the water. Tried something different this year which was a mistake. Public parking was limited and full, so we had to park in town. Not a problem, there was access to the beach right there. What was disappointing is that there was no place to eat on the beach, not one restaurant. Plenty in town, but nothing exceptional. If I'm going to eat pub food it better have a view, and Siesta Key didn't. Might be nice if you're staying for a while, but not worth a day trip.

Date of experience: February 2012
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Reviewed February 27, 2012

Powder sand, softest ever experienced. Clean beach.

Date of experience: February 2012
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