The Main Event: Top Beaches

Siesta Key Beach is consistently rated one of the top 10 beaches in the United States and the world, with beautiful pure white sand that is finer than most refined sugar and packed hard at the water’s edge, making it ideal for walking, bike riding, and other exercise.

The Big Debate: Midnight Pass

Through Palmer Point Beach, Siesta Key now connects to Casey Key over Midnight Pass, which was closed off by human intervention in 1984. Since that time, there has been controversy over this small strip of land, its possible reopening, and the impact any changes could have on the local ecosystem.

The Architectural Flavor: Paul Rudolph

In addition to its beautiful beaches and natural habitats, Siesta Key also stands out for its unique residences. Amid the more than 100 condominium buildings spanning the 8-mile length of the island you will find a sprinkling of architectural jewels designed by Paul Rudolph, a pioneer of the Sarasota Modern style who is known for his cubist building designs and complex floor plans.

The Word: Siesta Key Authors

After you’ve had a behind the scenes look at Siesta Key and the island’s tropical habitat first hand, take time to kick back and enjoy the literary legacy of the island’s renowned writers of days past, maybe while relaxing at a coffee house in Siesta Key Village, where you will find shopping, casual bistros, fine dining, and nightlife. Rest your feet and reflect on the inspiration that Sarasota offered to literary greats who called Siesta Key home, including Pulitzer Prize winning author MacKinlay Kantor and acclaimed writers John D. MacDonald and Ben Stahl.