Siesta Key, FL is a scenic barrier island off the west coast of Florida known throughout the world for its incredible white sand beaches, calm turquoise water, and amazing weather in every season. If you plan on traveling to Siesta Key we can help you find your ideal vacation rental with every amenity you may be looking for, and we can provide you with more information about this unique barrier island and answer any questions you may have about traveling here.
What are the beach conditions?
For the most up-to-date information, please visit Mote Marine Lab’s beach conditions map.
Where is Siesta Key?
Siesta Key is located to the west of South Sarasota and south of Lido Key, about 20 minutes from downtown Sarasota. It sits between the Gulf of Mexico and Roberts Bay.
How do you get to Siesta Key?
Siesta Key can be easily driven to from the south Sarasota area by driving west on Stickney Point Road across the Stickney Point Bridge, or by going driving west on Siesta Dr to Bay Isle and continuing south onto Higel Ave.
The Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport is the closest option to Siesta Key for air travel, and it is about a 25-minute drive away. St. Petersburg/Clearwater International Airport is about a 1 hour drive, while Tampa International Airport is about 1 hour and 15 minutes away.
Every airport will have options available for rental vehicles to travel to Siesta Key directly, or you can choose to take a taxi/Uber.
What are popular things to do on Siesta Key?
No matter what time of the year you decide to visit Siesta Key, you’ll find plenty of exciting things to do and attractions to keep you busy, especially when it comes to beachgoing and ocean sports. Visiting the world-famous beaches on the island is one of the most common activities, and on any given warm day you’ll find the public beaches on the island packed. Other activities that are popular include fishing charters, dolphin and whale tours, ocean sports, kayaking, shelling, birding, wildlife viewing, dining, shopping, and more.
How big is the island?
Siesta Key is 3.5 square miles and 8 miles long. 2.4 square miles on the island are land while 1.1 square miles are water. The island’s population is 7,150 with a density of 3,120.1 people per square mile.
How big is the beach?
Siesta Key has several beach access points and coastal parks through its 8-mile stretch, so there are plenty of opportunities for beachgoing. Siesta Beach is the largest beach on the island and comprises over 100 acres with several hundred parking spaces, and it is the island’s top beach attraction. However, you’ll find plenty of other convenient beach access points near Siesta Beach with additional parking and fewer people during the most popular days.
Siesta Beach, the largest beach on the island is located at 948 Beach Rd which about 1.3 miles from Siesta Village. Turtle Public Beach is another popular major beach on the island and is located on the southwest side of the island at 8628 Turtle Beach Rd.
Below is an overview of the other access points on the island; bear in mind that parking access will vary from one point to another, and that none of them have lifeguards on duty:
- Beach Access #1 – Located at 3940 N Shell Road
- Beach Access #2 – Located at 41 Beach Road
- Beach Access #3 – Located at 100 Beach Road
- Beach Access #3B – Located at 136 Beach Road
- Beach Access #4 – Located at 180 Beach Road
- Beach Access #5 – Located at 200 Beach Road
- Beach Access #6 – Located at 402 Beach Road
- Beach Access #7 – Located at 458 Beach Road
- Beach Access #8 – Located at 512 Beach Road
- Beach Access #9 – Located at 514 Beach Road
- Beach Access #10 – Located at 598 Beach Road
- Beach Access #11 – Located at 690 Beach Road
- Beach Access #12 – Located at 6490 Midnight Pass Road
- Beach Access #13 – Located at 6900 Point of Rocks Road
The average water temperature on Siesta Key will vary from one season to another, but the most popular seasons to swim in the ocean are the spring, summer and parts of the fall. During the winter water temperatures drop down below what can be considered comfortable.
When does the sun set?
Sunset times will vary throughout the year and can easily be checked online during your trip. Catching a view of the sunset on the ocean is one of the most popular activities on the island so be sure that you get information about sunset times prior to heading out for the day.
We can help you find high quality accommodations to suit your needs no matter how long you plan on staying, including a number of luxurious and conveniently located vacation rentals near Siesta Village and throughout the entire island. We can help you narrow down the choices to the most ideal option for your next trip, so please give us a call today at (941)-349-1125 for more information or booking.
Do I need Trip Cancellation Insurance?
We recommend you take out/purchase the comprehensive trip cancellation insurance to cover any unexpected occurrences that could result in your need to cancel or modify a reservation. This insurance covers items like: trip cancellation, trip interruption, travel delays, damaged or lost baggage, rental car damage, medical care, and so much more. This insurance is provided by CSA Travel, a 3rd party company, and for all information on this insurance, please visit CSA Travel site or call their 24 hour a day customer service number for more information – (866) 999.4018. If you elect to decline this coverage, you do so fully understanding our cancellation policy.
For more information on our cancellation policies, house rules and more please read our Terms and Conditions before your stay.
What is the lowest temperature the AC can be set at?
Our Central Air Conditioning Systems are regulated for both heating and cooling to ensure consistent and safe operation of the unit during your stay. Our AC thermostats can be set to cool at a minimum of 72 degrees during the Summer, and it can be set to heat the unit up to 78 degrees during Winter months. These parameters are based on manufacturer and AC Service Technician recommendations, and they ensure that you will have the best possible stay with us, without interruptions. In Southwest Florida, our temperatures can reach into the high 90’s, with humidity in the 80%-90% ranges. When this occurs, air conditioning systems are pushed to the max. These AC systems are only designed to cool a room to 20 degrees below the ambient outside temperature. So, if it is 95 degrees outside, the AC system will only be able to cool the home or unit to 75 degrees respectively. AC systems do not blow colder air when they are set below their capable cooling parameters, they only blow more frequently for longer time periods. If the outside temperature maintains a constant 95+ degrees, the unit will not be able to keep up if they are set below 72 degrees.
Setting the temperature below this can cause increased condensation build up, prolonged periods of operation with minimum down time between coolings, and the unit will incur damage that could cause it to cease operating. Not everyone is familiar with this situation, or the recommendation for proper HVAC use in Southwest Florida, so we have installed Smart Thermostats that help to ensure your room is a cool 72 degrees or higher depending on your preference, and that it stays that way during your entire stay. While some guests request temperatures of 66-68 degrees, that is just not possible here in Southwest Florida without causing significant damage to the property you are renting. This damage may not surface during your stay, but it might during the next guests stay. In order to ensure the best experience for everyone, we have installed these safe guards. We appreciate your understanding and participation to protect our property, our home owner’s property, and our guest experience.
Are your Pools Heated?
Our rental homes with heated pools offer this service of pool heat, as a courtesy to our guests at no additional charge. All of our pools, spas, and equipment are closely monitored by the home’s pool company for your safety and enjoyment, and we kindly ask that the controls, valves, pumps, heaters, and system not be tampered with because doing so could result in damage that you may be liable for. These system components should only be evaluated or adjusted by an SKLRP employee or pool company technician. All pools have listed instructions for operation of the pool remote, please follow these to ensure safe use and operation, and if you have any questions please call the pool company phone number listed on the instructions sheet, or call SKLRP during normal business hours. Our winter months are considered to be from November through April. During these months we do our best to ensure that the pools are heated to a temperature of 82 degrees.
However, some circumstances are out of our control, and even in Southwest Florida we do occasionally get cold spells that can send the temperatures down into the 30’s for a few nights in a row. This will cause the pool water temperature to drop into the 60’s or 70’s and the pool pump will automatically shut down if the outside temperature gets too cold and it cannot maintain the selected temperature. This is a safety feature. The pump will begin operating again as temperatures rise and it will begin re-heating of the pool back to 82 degrees, which may take several days depending on the severity of the cold front. Unfortunately, these situations are beyond our control. Please be aware that SKLRP cannot issue refunds during your stay based on acts of God. Other issues such as: equipment malfunction, temporary loss of use of equipment or amenities due to maintenance purposes, severe weather conditions, or other circumstances do happen for time to time without warning. However, please know that in these rare events involving pool equipment malfunction during your stay, SKLRP will do everything in our power to expedite repairs as quickly as possible as we always want you to enjoy your heated pool and the Florida sunshine as much as possible! SKLRP thanks you in advance for your understanding on this issue.