Things to Do in Siesta Key, Florida

Things to Do in Siesta Key, Florida
Siesta Key, Florida, is an eight-mile barrier island located on the western side of the state. It is a laid-back community where tropical breezes and white sands abound. There are many outdoor activities in the area for all ages. The months between June and September can be hot, averaging mid 80s to low 90s during the day. Spring and fall are popular months to visit with slightly cooler temperatures reaching daytime highs in the 80s.

Siesta Key Beach

The Siesta Key Public Beach is a half-mile long and contains pulverized quartz white sand which makes it cool to the touch even on the hottest summer days. It is a great beach for walking and exploring the area. Because of the cool sands, outdoor recreational activities such as volleyball and frisbee abound. Some amenities include a picnic area, restrooms, gift shop, snack bar, playground equipment and a fitness trail. During the month of May there is the Siesta Key Sand Sculpture Contest. Artisans from around the world display their intricate works of art on the beach.

Bird Watching

The diverse species of colorful and attractive birds make for great birdwatching. It isn't uncommon to catch sight of a wild parrot or two overlooking guests from a palm tree high above. Birds that grace the shoreline are pelicans, osprey, egrets, storks and spoonbills, which are enjoyable to watch throughout the seasons. Wading birds such as the snowy egret or great heron are easily observed in their natural habitat, or resting dockside and in coves. Cranes are also common to the area with some reaching up to five feet tall. They can be easily recognized by their red head and loud call.

Nightlife

Finding a place to unwind after the sun goes down is necessary after a day outdoors. The Daiquiri Deck is a casual bar that offers over 40 different types of daiquiris to choose from. It features a live band on selected nights and outdoor seating arrangements for sipping cocktails and eating tasty appetizers. Many area locals and visitors enjoy Siesta Key Drum Circle, a weekly Sunday tradition. Flocks of people bring their drums and noise-making equipment to share and create a variety of island music sounds with maracas, bongos, mandolins and other island-inspired musical instruments.

Daiquiri Deck
5250 Ocean Blvd.
Siesta Key-Sarasota, Florida 34242
(941) 349-8697

Fishing

There are over 1,000 species of fish off Siesta Key in the Gulf of Mexico, including red snapper, red fish, wahoo, yellow fin tuna and white marlin. Turtle Beach Pier is a popular fishing location for local fisherman and guests. There is also good fishing in the lakes, rivers, streams, tributaries and bays in the surrounding area. You can deep-sea and troll, surf cast, fish in the grass flats along the shore, and from bridges and piers. Deep-sea charter boats are popular. Captains Jason Ramsey and Jim Roberts both offer charter services around the Siesta Key area. A fishing license is required unless you are under sixteen or fishing from a chartered boat.

Turtle Beach Pier
8918 Midnight Pass Road
Siesta Key-Sarasota, Florida 34242

Capt. Jason Ramsey
Saltwater Fishing Guide
Siesta Key-Sarasota, Florida 34242
(941) 722-1645

Capt. Jim Roberts
Flats & back country fishing
Siesta Key-Sarasota, Florida 34242
(941) 366-8992

Water sports

Water sports opportunities and equipment rentals are prevalent. Some of the more popular sports for outdoor adventurers include snorkeling, parasailing, jet skiing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoing. Most watersports need to be conducted in a no-wake area, usually designated by the rental companies and the local parks and recreation department.

PaddlePack Adventures
(941) 359-0248

Island Style Windsurfing
(941) 954-1990

Article Written By Julie Boehlke

Julie Boehlke is a seasoned copywriter and content creator based in the Great Lakes state. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. Boehlke has more than 10 years of professional writing experience on topics such as health and wellness, green living, gardening, genealogy, finances, relationships, world travel, golf, outdoors and interior decorating. She has also worked in geriatrics and hospice care.

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