Consistently recognized as the #1 beach in the US, Siesta Key is a chic and relaxed beach town that always has something going on. This 8-mile-long barrier island can only be accessed by one of the two bridges that link to the Mainland of Sarasota. Siesta Key consists of Siesta Beach, Turtle Beach, Crescent Beach and Siesta Key Village. The highpoint of Siesta Key is the sugar like sand made of crystal quartz and covers the widespread beaches of the crescent shaped barrier island. Action packed Siesta Key Beach offers many events that tourists and locals all enjoy together. Mark your calendar each November as the annual Crystal Classic International Sand Sculpting Festival showcases its best sand sculptors from around the world. Each Sunday one hour prior to sunset, experience the diverse sounds of instruments as acrobatic artists perform at the Siesta Drum Circle in a serene like setting. Rentals and reservations for paddle boarding, water sports, sunset tours and fishing charters are readily available. Just past the bend of Midnight Pass Road will lead you to charming Siesta Key Village filled with shops, restaurants, and plenty of nightlife.

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The City on the Gulf, Venice offers the charm and taste that can be seen in its architectural design. The quaint downtown area of Venice ...