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During our 3rd visit to Florida in May 2008 since having our daughter, we decided to spend some time at the beach. There are hundreds of beautiful beaches in Florida to choose from. Previously we have visited Blind Pass and Stump Pass near Rotonda, which were idyllic, but this year we decided on Siesta Key.
It was about a 2 and a half hour drive from Orlando and we arrived in plenty of time to settle in ready to go out and explore. On our first day we visited Siesta Key beach, which has white power like sand that stays cool during even the hottest parts of the day. There was always a cool breeze and the sea was beautifully clear although a little chilly. Not that it stopped our two-year-old daughter Jessica from taking quite a few dips with daddy using her inflatable ring
The facilities were very good, with nearby toilets and showers together with lots of places to get something to eat or drink. We opted for a picnic on the beach under our little tent that we bought to protect Jessica from the sun. We spent nearly all day on the beach bird watching and making sand castles. We had a lovely time and would highly recommend Siesta Key beach to couples and families alike. On our second day we visited Turtle beach, which again was lovely although the sand was coarser and there didn’t seem to be as many facilities nearby to get any refreshments.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom condo about a 5 minute drive from the beach. Although very convenient I think next time I would opt for accommodation on the beach or very close to it so that we could walk to the beach and the nearby restaurants in siesta village.
Siesta Village has a variety of restaurants most of which seemed fun and lively for couples and singles. We ate twice in a restaurant called The Hub Baja Grill, which was a little quieter with good food and a cool outdoor seating area more suited to families with small children. Siesta Village also has a small selection of shops selling gifts and of course beachwear.
Sarasota is only a short drive away. St Armands circles boasts great shopping. There are loads of beautiful boutiques selling designer clothes and swimwear together with a variety of other shops including fine arts. There is of course the lovely beach and a wide range of restaurants most with outdoor seating.
Siesta Key and the surrounding area’s are beautiful and we look forward to visiting again in the near future.
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