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Siesta Key is named the #1 Beach

Siesta Key is named the #1 Beach

Siesta Key is at it again! We are so thrilled for this top honor, yet again! Dr. Beach made a major announcement that he was resetting his list and destinations that had previously been named #1 could receive the top honor again. This morning, Siesta Key was named the #1 Best Beach on Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2017. Dr. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia, and completed his undergraduate degree in Geosciences at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Leatherman publishes his list every year of the best beaches using list of 50 different criteria:

Beach width at low tide

Beach Material

Sand softness

Beach shape

Water color

Amenities

For the complete list see his website: https://drbeach.org/online/dr-beachs-50-criteria/

Siesta Key Is named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach

Siesta Key Is named the #1 Beach by Dr. Beach

Siesta Key was also honored with the Most Prestigious #1 Ranking in 2011 by Dr. Leatherman, #2 Beach by Dr. Beach in 2016, and then also named the Best Beach in America by Tripadvisor in 2015. Leatherman says Siesta Key Beach has “some of the finest, whitest sand in the world attracting sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to the anchoring of onshore ricks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.” “Siesta Beach is not only a beautiful location for beachgoers, but it is also an environmentally healthy beach and offers first-rate beach safety for its visitors.”

Dr. Leatherman also said it’s a “sin not to walk on the beach barefoot.” This sand is

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Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key is named the #2 Top Beach on Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2016. Dr. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia, and completed his undergraduate degree in Geosciences at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Leatherman publishes his list every year of the best beaches using list of 50 different criteria:

 

Beach width at low tide

Beach Material

Sand softness

Beach shape

Water color

Amenities

For the complete list see his website: https://drbeach.org/online/dr-beachs-50-criteria/

 

 

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key was also honored with the Most Prestigious #1 Ranking in 2011 by Dr. Leatherman and then also named the Best Beach in America by Tripadvisor in 2015. Leatherman says Siesta Key Beach has “some of the finest, whitest sand in the world attracting sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to the anchoring of onshore ricks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.”

Want to come and find out what all the hype is about for yourself? Book your room today at https://tropicalbeachresorts.com/check-rates/ or call us to book your perfect room in Siesta Key Paradise at 941-349-3330

 

Siesta Key Beach info

Siesta Key Beach #1Beach

Siesta Key has long been on the list of favorites for tourists, both in-state and out-of-state, and locals alike as well as a favorite for “America’s Foremost Beach Expert” Dr. Beach.

If you are looking to come and check out what the buzz is all about, there are only a few nightly hotel rentals available on the island.

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Here is the complete list of the TOP 25 U.S. BEACHES ON TRIPADVISOR’S 2017 TRAVELERS’ CHOICE

Siesta Beach: Siesta Key, Florida

Ka’anapali Beach: Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii

St. Pete Beach: St. Pete Beach, Florida

Clearwater Beach: Clearwater, Florida

Panama City Beach: Panama City, Florida

Hollywood Beach: Hollywood, Florida

Pensacola Beach: Pensacola, Florida

St. Augustine Beach: St. Augustine, Florida

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve: Honolulu, Hawaii

Ocean City Beach: Ocean City, Maryland

Fort Lauderdale Beach: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

South Beach: Miami Beach, Florida

Wai’anapanapa State Park: Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Ogunquit Beach: Ogunquit, Maine

Wailea Beach: Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach: Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii

Henderson Beach State Park: Destin, Florida

Driftwood Beach: Jekyll Island, Georgia

Virginia Beach: Virginia Beach, Virginia

Santa Monica Beach: Santa Monica, California

La Jolla Shores Park: La Jolla, California

Hapuna Beach: Waimea, Hawaii

Race Point Beach: Provincetown, Massachusetts

Carlsbad State Beach: Carlsbad, California

Poipu Beach Park: Poipu, Kaua’i, Hawaii

There’s nothing like the feeling of cool, soft sand underneath your feet and between your toes. Imagine yourself, walking through soft mounds of powdered sugar on the ground with the gorgeous Gulf of Mexico as your destination. The Siesta Key sand is like no other sand you’ve likely experienced. The Siesta Key sand has beaten famous, tropical vacation spots like the Bahamas, Hawaii and Grand Cayman for it’s texture and overall quality.

What makes Siesta Key sand such a special sand?

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Siesta Key sand

Siesta Key sand is so soft

The sand is actually made of of 99% of pure quartz crystal mineral, ultimately derived from the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Over many, many years the mineral grains were carried by rivers into the Gulf and further south along the Florida coastline. The quartz sand comes from igneous rock, the kind of rock that was once molten. Quartz is a very hard mineral just below the diamond on the harness scale.

This fine sand has passed through two or more of geologists refer to as ‘Aeolian cycles.’ These cycles pertain to wind activity in the study of geology and weather and specifically to the wind’s ability to shape the surface of the Earth (or other planets). Winds may erode, transport, and deposit materials and are effective agents in regions with sparse vegetation, a lack of soil moisture and a large supply of unconsolidated sediments. Although water is a much more powerful eroding force than wind, aeolian processes are important in arid environments such as deserts and beaches.

Nobody can calculate how much time has passed since Siesta Key sand first appeared from fragmented rock. We do know that Siesta Key sand is quite old. We know this not only because of the very fine grains, but also because other components of the original rock, such as feldspar, mica and other minerals, have almost completely disappeared. This leaves only the extremely hard quartz.

Thanks to the Siesta Key Chamber for helping with some of this great information on the amazing Siesta Key sand.

Want to experience this amazing sand for yourself? Maybe build a sandcastle, or just dig your toes in? Call us today and book your white sandy beach getaway. Let one of our local, knowledgeable reservation specialists help you book the best island experience! 941-349-3330 or visit our website at https://www.tropicalbeachresorts.com[/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]

 

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Gulf shores of Siesta Key, FL

Siesta Key is named the #2 Top Beach on Dr. Stephen Leatherman’s Top 10 Beaches in the US for 2016. Dr. Leatherman, aka Dr. Beach, is Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He received his Ph.D. in Environmental (Coastal) Sciences from the University of Virginia, and completed his undergraduate degree in Geosciences at North Carolina State University.

Dr. Leatherman publishes his list every year of the best beaches using list of 50 different criteria:

 

Beach width at low tide

Beach Material

Sand softness

Beach shape

Water color

Amenities

For the complete list see his website: https://drbeach.org/online/dr-beachs-50-criteria/

 

 

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Key was also honored with the Most Prestigious #1 Ranking in 2011 by Dr. Leatherman and then also named the Best Beach in America by Tripadvisor in 2015. Leatherman says Siesta Key Beach has “some of the finest, whitest sand in the world attracting sand collectors from all over. Siesta Beach has clear, warm waters ideal for swimming. The beach is hundreds of yards wide in the shape of a crescent, due to the anchoring of onshore ricks to the south. This beach is great for volleyball and other types of recreational fitness.”

Want to come and find out what all the hype is about for yourself? Book your room today at https://tropicalbeachresorts.com/check-rates/ or call us to book your perfect room in Siesta Key Paradise at 941-349-3330

Information from the SCGov.net website announcing the Siesta Key Beach Grand Opening after beach improvements! – 

Siesta Key Beach, #1 Beach Celebration

Siesta Key Beach, #1 Beach Celebration

SARASOTA COUNTY – The community is invited to come see what’s new at the country’s No. 1 beach as Sarasota County hosts a Siesta Beach grand opening celebration at 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 20th to reveal all new beach improvements.

The morning will be filled with an opening ceremony, entertainment, refreshments, recreational activities, kids’ crafts, beach sports and more. This family-friendly, free celebration marks the completion of Sarasota County’s $21.5 million Siesta Beach improvements project.

“This event is the culmination of years of hard work by multiple county departments working together as one team, along with our project partners and with input from the community,” said County Administrator Tom Harmer. “Sarasota County is excited to celebrate the project’s completion with our residents and visitors from all over the world.”

The celebration will include an opportunity for visitors to join a walking tour along the new Siesta Beach esplanade to see all of the amenities and learn more about them from guests stationed along the way. The tour begins at 10 a.m., and participants can grab a special passport to be stamped at each stop, with an opportunity to win a prize at the end.

Improvements at Siesta Beach include the historic pavilion, pedestrian esplanade, Siesta Sun Deck, updated playground and family picnic areas, life safety building and more.

“A great amount of careful planning went into this project, and the investment made by our community has resulted in a world-class park,” said Sarasota County Commission Chairman Alan Maio. “The new amenities are on par with Siesta Beach’s reputation as the best beach in the country, if not the world.”

In addition to being a major tourist attraction, Siesta Beach is also a community park that hosts numerous events throughout the year, including the annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic international sand sculpting competition and the popular Sandy Claws Beach Run.

“One of our goals as a county is to promote quality of life, and having an amazing park like Siesta Beach is a major reason so many people love to live here and visit,” said Carolyn Brown, director of Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources.

Siesta Beach is located at 948 Beach Road, Siesta Key.

For more information, call the Sarasota County Contact Center at 941-861-5000.

About Siesta Beach

Siesta Beach, located in Sarasota County, has earned numerous national and international accolades, including being voted “No. 1 Beach in the U.S.” in TripAdvisor’s 2015 Travelers’ Choice Awards and being named the No. 1 Beach in America by “Dr. Beach” in 2011.

It has also earned a reputation as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, thanks in part to its fine white sands composed of 99 percent pure quartz, which stays cool even on a hot, sunny day.

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.

About Sarasota County Government:
1660 Ringling Blvd.,
Sarasota, Florida 34236
941-861-5000
TTY: 7-1-1 or 1-800-955-8771
communications@scgov.net

See page at : https://www.scgov.net/Lists/County%20News/DispForm.aspx?ID=1459&ContentTypeId=0x0104009625877DBECC024183C12ECD3DB90563

 

Sarasota parks

Plan your next Sarasota picnic in the park

Going to the beach is one of the most popular things to do during the day when visiting Siesta Key, in Sarasota, Florida. The tranquil gulf blue waters and soft ocean breezes just lend to days of rest and relaxation. However, sometimes, it is also nice to do  some outdoor exploring off the island. Sarasota has so much beauty to offer on and off the water. Did you know that Sarasota County has 67,000 acres of natural preserves to  enjoy? There in unlimited potential to explore. While visiting Sarasota, Florida explore some of the most beautiful Florida land on the west coast.

When is the last time you had a picnic at the park?  Maybe your next vacation in Sarasota, Florida will include slowing down the pace,  packing a delicious Sarasota picnic lunch or dinner, and heading out to one of the many local parks in the area.

Here is a list of a few parks which we love as locals:

  • Phillippi Estate Park
  • Myakka River Park
  • Oscar Scherer State Park
  • Sarasota Bay Front Park
  • Gillispie Park
  • South Lido Park

Favorite local places to grab some sweet, local picnic snacks close to Siesta Key:

  • Crescent Market (delivery available)
  • Publix (delivery available)
  • Mortons Market
  • Trader Joes

Remember to pack water and your sunscreen!

Want to really explore Sarasota County? Download this helpful guide

Looking for more fun filled ideas that won’t break the budget?  Contact us directly at Tropical Beach Resorts on Siesta Key. Let us help you plan your next Sarasota vacation.

Tropical Beach Resorts

6717 Sara Sea Circle

Siesta Key, Sarasota Florida 34242

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What makes Siesta Key sand so white? The sugar white sand of Siesta Key explained:

Siesta Key White Sand

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The Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus was a world-renowned show that traveled across the United States, and had its winter headquarters settled in Sarasota. One of the brothers, John Ringling, was a great deal of importance in the modern development in Sarasota. He also bought water front land, which he then built a mansion on and later built a museum to hold him and his wife, Mable’s, collection of Baroque art. It wasn’t long before John became extremely wealthy and bought the American Circus Corporation, thus owning every traveling circus in America. During this time he traveled Europe while adding to his art collection, which is now the couples growing legacy: The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art; a unique gem of Sarasota.

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