5311 Ocean Blvd, Sarasota, FL, United States
Siesta Beach, in Sarasota, is often ranked among the top two or three beaches in the United States. Wider than a football field is long, it stretches for roughly half a mile beside the sky blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico. The pure white sand gives visitors the sensation of walking on finely ground sugar. Sarasota County points out that "at the Great International White Sand Beach Challenge, Siesta Beach was recognized as having the whitest and finest sand in the world." The shallow Gulf waters are ideal for wading. Life guards are on duty year round. Located on Siesta Key, it is an easy drive from downtown Sarasota, from the Sarasota/Bradenton Airport, or from Interstate 75. The free parking lot can accommodate 800 cars. Shade trees tower over 50 or 60 or more picnic tables with grills, ideal for family gatherings. There also is well designed playground equipment for younger children, lighted tennis courts, nets for beach volley ball and a soccer field. Be sure to bring your sun glasses and/or a baseball cap or a straw hat because the sand is 99 percent pure, brilliant white granulated quartz that reflects the sun.