There’s no denying that Siesta Key is known far and wide for its beach.
“It’s a crescent-shaped, big, beautiful, wide beach, and the sand is 100% soft, pure white quartz,” said Jonathan Abrams, a broker with Michael Saunders & Company.
The island, or “the key” as it’s called by locals, has its own unique, laid-back island feel for people who visit as well as for locals, said Joel Schemmel of the Schemmel Group, the Sarasota affiliate of Sotheby’s International Realty.
“Every island in the area has a slightly different character, and on Siesta Key, it’s more casual and relaxed,” he said. “You really feel like you’re on an island, even though it’s logistically easy to get on and off the key” to take advantage of all that Sarasota has to offer.
Siesta Key is a 3.5-square-mile barrier island off Florida’s southwest coast. Although the key is part of Sarasota, it is its own census-designated place with its own ZIP code, made up of four main areas: Siesta Key, Crescent and Turtle beaches, and Siesta Key Village. Siesta Key Beach runs along the southwestern edge of the island facing the Gulf of Mexico, and Roberts Bay separates the island from the rest of Sarasota, on the mainland to the northeast.
Two bridges, one at either end of the island, connect Siesta Key to the rest of Sarasota, on the mainland.