For a weekend beach getaway I would typically just go to the nearby Playalinda Beach which is located on Florida’s east coast on the Canaveral National Seashore; this beach offers spectacular sights of the rocket launchpads at NASA! If I wanted to change it up a bit Cocoa beach is only a 35 minute drive and a great place to meet new people and check out some of the best surf shops. However, this time I decided to travel over to the west coast of Florida and check out the white sand and blue water. Having won the best beach in America title in 2009 & 2015 it was time to pay a visit to Siesta Key Beach in Sarasota.
The sand in on Siesta Key beach was my favorite part of the experience. The city officials claim to have miles of the world’s finest white sugar sand and I must admit, it was some of the best I have ever seen and felt. The stunning quality of the sand can be credited to the fact that it is 99.9% quartz. This is why the sand appears exceptionally white and after hundreds of years of being worn down is amazingly soft & fluffy. The best part about the sand is that it will stay cool on the hot summer days. I for one have been caught sprinting down the beach to get to the water because of the searing hot sand on those 90+ degree days… Not in Siesta Key!
The blue-colored water is clean and clear making it very attractive and inviting. The beach itself was also clean with no trash or seaweed in sight. The beach area is plenty wide for a game of football, Frisbee or whatever you can really think of. There are plenty of volleyball nets up and ready to go for a competitive game of beach volleyball; speaking of which Fiesta on Siesta Key held a volleyball event the weekend I went involving more than 30 colleges which offered hours of entertainment for the day… oh and free Redbull! The beach also offers tennis, a shaded playground, picnic area, concession stands and year round lifeguard staffing.
Some tips that I have for future visitors…
- Bring your sunscreen, apparently the sun is a bit more intense with all the white sand. I learned the hard way.
- Try to arrive before 11AM – The parking situation gets a little messy after that time; we ended up getting ticketed for $25 for parking by a curb. There were literally no parking spots available and everyone else was doing it.
- If you plan on drinking, bring your own booz unless you enjoy paying $5 for a Bud Light at the concession stand.
Feel free to drop a comment below sharing your experiences if you have visited or plan to visit any of the beaches mentioned in this article!