Siesta Key


Siesta Key is a barrier island off the central western coast of Florida in the United States of America. It is located between Sarasota Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. Portion of the island lies  within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is  in Sarasota County.  Click here to search homes for sale in this area.

After the probable Amerindian name of Zarazote for the area and the bay, the key was originally named Sarasota Key by European cartographers during exploration beginning in 1513. That name can be seen on maps from the early 18th century as well as on all local maps drawn before the name change to Siesta Key in the 1920s. Siesta Beach stretches from a site named Point of Rocks, just below the middle point of Siesta Key, north to the Siesta Village region,  is a shallow formation of limestone rock that extends into the Gulf of Mexico from the middle of the western shore of Siesta Key . For centuries, Point of Rocks has been a landmark for mariners and “legend” has it as the starting point for maps to burial places of treasures plundered by pirates.  It might be considered Siesta Key’s premier claim to fame.

Siesta Key’s Siesta Beach has accumulated numerous awards in recognition of its soft, clean, pure-white sand. Consistently rated  1 of the top ten beaches of Florida, the U.S., and the world. Harvard University‘s geology department found the sand of Siesta Beach was 99% pure quartz. Unlike most beaches that are composed of crushed shells, rocks or lava, this sand is pure white and finer in texture than most refined sugar. The sand has been described as “dazzling” and it never feels hot.  Siesta Key’s remarkable sand and the azure, warm water of its beaches are a great attraction for tourists and local beachgoers alike who come to experience the sand and the water. The wide and deep expanse of public-accessible beachfront they are today.

According to a local Siesta Key publication, The Pelican, one Otis A. Kiesow could be credited with single-handedly making certain that this beachfront would remain a special place. According to the Pelican and Mr. Kiesow, traveled to the Capitol in Tallahassee to ensure that the beach, in fact, was being set aside into perpetuity for the people of Sarasota: His discovery and impression from this visit was that it was not. He was told to go home and not to worry . . . that everything had been ‘taken care of’. Mr. Kiesow would then personally collect the needed signatures for a referendum that voters would later approve. Today, the site is wide and white with mainly a pavilion and gift shop as man-made counterpoints to nature. Siesta Beach, like Crescent Beach that extends south from it and Siesta Village, boasts white sand of a similarly fine, powdery white quality; Crescent Beach public access, however, comprises a relatively narrow strip of beachfront when compared to Siesta Beach’s.

Turtle Beach, farther south still and nearing the southern end of the key, is a fairly large beach featuring a small mangrove-surrounded tidal lagoon; Turtle Beach, is noted for its abundance of seashells, as opposed to the sugary white sand to be found in other portions of the Siesta Key Gulf shoreline

The population is about 8000 people ,has a total area of 3.5 square miles (8.9 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (5.9 km²) of it is land and 1.2 square miles (3.0 km²) of it (33.62%) is water. There is also the famous Sunset Drum Circle on Siesta Key every Sunday all throughout the year. Today, Siesta Key offers visitors to enjoy not only the beaches but also Siesta Key Village  with  shops, restaurants, live music, and hotels for all your enjoyment. Several beach access points up and down the Key for your convenience. It only takes 1 trip to fall in love with this island!  office space for lease in sarasota, flex space available in sarasota, industrial space available in sarasota, retail space available in sarasota, warehouse space available in sarasota, industrial space available in manatee, office space for lease in manatee, flex space available in manatee, retail space available in manatee, commercial for sale in sarasota, commercial for sale in manatee

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