Welcome to Siesta Key Live
Get ready for a great Gulf Coast beach vacation and Indulge yourself in Siesta Key, Florida – a sophisticated blend of casual Sun Coast lifestyle and cosmopolitan excitement. With so much to see and do, it’s impossible to lie idle on Siesta Key, whether you’re exploring Siesta Key’s dining, shopping, attractions or just lounging on the beach, Siesta Key Live will help you to make the most of your vacation. Let us share our world renowned sunsets and picturesque coastline with you. We will help you plan your visit to Siesta Key and Sarasota, by offering a variety of hotel & lodging options, including bed & breakfasts, guest cottages and vacation rentals. We will help you make the most of your stay by suggesting restaurants and things to do that will make your visit one you’ll always remember. With amazing hotels ready to welcome excited travelers and fun attractions for everyone, this is the place to be at any time of year.
Sarasota and Siesta Key are perfect blend of nature, city, suburbia and tourism, and it is what makes this gulf coast area a favorite travel destination worldwide as well as a great source of pride for its local residents.
The Top 5 Reasons Visitors Come to Siesta Key
Sunset Beach Walks(74%)
Things to Do(83%)
The Sun, The Weather and the Cool Gulf Breeze(96%)
Whether you arrive during our winter “high season,” or in the less-crowded, warmer months, you’ll find our area’s activities and attractions complemented by a wide range of accommodations-- from Old Florida bungalows and modestly-priced RV campgrounds to luxury resorts and private waterfront vacation homes.Siesta Key Accommodations
Beaches and Parks
Greeting dawn with meditation and yoga classes or stalking shy shorebirds with telephoto lenses, visitors cannot help but focus on our pristine public beaches, ranked among the best in the world. Toddlers and their grandparents wade in tidal pools, while deep-sea sports fisherman, hang-gliders, and water-skiers seek their thrills farther from shore as comical pelicans cruise the coast. Sarasota County is fortunate to have many preserves and conservation areas, including the Oscar Scherer State Park. From the rocky outcroppings of Casperson Beach in South Venice to the broad stretches of fine silica sand on Siesta and Lido Keys, our region is rich in open spaces and public recreation opportunities.
What’s your passion? A dip in the pool, a guided canoe or kayak exploration of the bayou? Surf-casting? Manatee and bird-watching? Charter a Sunfish for an afternoon or a fully-crewed luxury yacht for that special anniversary. Ever wanted to try windsurfing or parasailing? Our waters welcome you. Landlubber? Southwest Florida is not just on the Gulf, it really is the “Golf Coast” with over 40 courses in Sarasota County.Tee it Up!
Enjoy dining out? From white-tablecloth haute cuisine establishments to Tiki-hut bars where shirts and shoes are optional, you’ll find hundreds of places to sample local fare. Taking full advantage of Florida fields and waters, our chefs serve up everything from classic French and casual Italian to Sardinian, Thai, Cuban, Mexican, Peruvian, Brazilian, Moroccan, and “Floribbean.” Heirloom citrus groves, Amish pie contests, open-pit barbecues, and organic vegetable farms all add to the flavors of Sarasota.Featured Restaurants
After a day at the beach, hit the sidewalks at sunset. Stroll, shop, and dine well into the evening—many businesses are open late. Find one-of-a-kind gifts and special souvenirs in our unique galleries and boutiques. Indulge in a massage or facial in one of the many spas and salons located among the tempting shops of Siesta Village, St. Armand’s Circle, downtown Sarasota, and historic Venice. Stores offer select gourmet treats, jewelry, apparel, and home furnishings you won’t find back at your local mall. Are you an artist, decorator, or collector hunting for original paintings, antiques, architectural salvage, refurbished and vintage décor? Open artist studios, galleries, consignment stores, and charity thrift shops are clustered in downtown Sarasota and scattered in mini-malls throughout the county. Find a bargain wedding gown or tuxedo. Get a great deal on designer clothing at one of the many high-end resale boutiques.Visit the Shopping Page
Flamenco? Funk? Rhythm & Blues? Bag-Pipes? Big Band? Not only is there lots of live music in our bars and restaurants, but Sarasota is also home to violinist Itzhak Perlman and his winter music program for young performers. Classical music fans delight in sophisticated presentations by Gloria Musicae and the Sarasota Opera. The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is home to the Sarasota Orchestra and hosts world-class talent from Yo-yo Ma to Tony Bennett. The historic Asolo Theatre stages both serious drama and modern comedy. Whether you choose the West Coast Black Theatre Troupe, Sailor Circus, Sarasota Ballet, or join the belly-dancers and their free-for-all drum circle on Siesta Beach, we invite you to discover the range of performing arts here on Florida’s “Left Coast.”Lets have some Fun!
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One of the brightly colored lifeguard stands
Shallow water near the shoreline, a variety of amenities and year-round lifeguard protection, make this beach a favorite for residents and visitors alike. Siesta Beach is also a National Healthy Beach, and it is certified as a ``Blue Wave`` beach by the Clean Beaches Council.