Siesta Key History
What is the Best Beach in Sarasota?
Not only is Siesta Key the best beach in Sarasota, it’s quite possibly the best beach in the nation!
Siesta Key Beach is constantly winning accolades from big news publications and travel companies worldwide! The incredible characteristics of the sand and surrounding environment makes Siesta Key a consistent contender for the top beaches to visit in the country.
The sand is 99% pure quartz, soft and cool on the feet.
Siesta Beach is located on Beach Road on Siesta Key. Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world. At the “Great International White Sand Beach Challenge” held in 1987, it was recognized as having the “whitest and finest sand in the world.”
Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of pulverized coral, Siesta Beach’s sand is 99% quartz. Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It’s estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, having its origin in the Appalachians and flowing down the rivers from the mountains until it eventually was deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.
Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in the county and great for small children. Siesta Key, Crescent Beach, Siesta Beach and Turtle Beach are accessible from the North Bridge at Siesta Drive or the South Bridge at Stickney Point Road. Siesta Key is an eight mile barrier island graced with two more beaches, Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach… as well as exotic flowers, magnificent banyan trees and preserved mangrove shores where ibis, snowy egrets and herons claim refuge for their young.
Just a few of the honors Siesta Key has received:
- “The whitest and finest sand in the world” (The Great International Beach Challenge, 1987),
- “The Best Sand Beach in America” (The Travel Channel, 2004),
- “The Best Beach in America” (Dr. Beach, 2011).
- “10 Beaches that should be on your bucket List” (Yahoo Travel, 2014)
- “The Best Beach” in the State of Florida (Florida Trend Magazine)
“Florida’s Top White Sand Beach” (Conde Nast Travel, 2014)
Siesta Key is a destination for travelers worldwide and should be on the top of your list of beaches to visit! Surrounding this incredible beach is a beautiful island of small condos and hotels. There are also the two small villages packed with lively entertainment, fine dining, beachy restaurants and excellent shopping. It is a tourist and local favorite for sure.
Check with our friendly, local staff for recommendations on activities, dining, and other information. Rooms are available for daily rentals. Call today for specials and room information at 800-235-3493Tropical Beach Resorts 6717 Sarasea Circle Sarasota, FL 34242 www.tropicalbeachresorts.com 941-349-3330
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Tropical Beach Resorts is just blocks from Siesta Key’s historic Stickney Point Road.
And as we all know, Siesta Key is one of the Sarasota areaâ€™s most beautiful and attractive barrier islands.
Siesta Key means elegant homes and waterfront estates, fabulous beach resorts, and a beach consistently rated number one in the nation, sparkling Siesta Beach. Life was much different, however, 100 years ago on Siesta Key. Before the 20th century, the island was inaccessible by automobile. The first bridge from the mainland to Siesta Key wasnâ€™t constructed until 1917. The â€œroaringâ€ 1920s saw the first real estate boom in the area, and in 1924, Sarasota County issued municipal bonds to finance bridge and road construction, including the first Stickney Point Bridge over Little Sarasota Bay. Construction on that bridge began in 1926, but that was also the same year a major hurricane hit south Florida, the start of a real estate market bust that continued right into the Great Depression.
South Florida real estate didnâ€™t really pick up again until after World War II, when the entire nation was prospering. Thousands of veterans who had trained in south Florida at facilities like the Venice Army Air Field returned there to buy homes and raise families in the Florida sun. The first Stickney Point Bridge was a steel Warren truss â€œswingâ€ bridge, a popular bridge style in the 1920s but entirely insufficient for booming Siesta Key by the late 1950s. In fact, a 1959 Sarasota Herald-Tribune editorial called the bridge â€œa disgrace to the county.â€ By 1965, replacing the bridge became a priority for Sarasota County, and the new 4-lane Stickney Point Bridge finally opened in 1968. Engineers call it a â€œbasculeâ€ bridge, meaning itâ€™s a drawbridge that can be quickly opened and closed for boat traffic. The bridge quickly became a favorite spot for fishing enthusiasts, and thereâ€™s even a bait and tackle shop on the Siesta Key side. Boaters, skiers, and windsurfers can be seen from the bridge almost every day of the year.
The Stickney Point Bridge is named after â€œUncleâ€ Ben Stickney (1842-1912), a Siesta Key pioneer and early settler who became legendary for his bighearted hospitality and for the huge parties and picnics held at his Siesta Key estate.
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