Siesta Key on the Gulf of Mexico

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Siesta Key is a barrier island off the southwestern coast of Florida. It is situated between Roberts Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. A portion of it lies within the city boundary of Sarasota, but the majority of the key is in Sarasota County. After the probable Amerindian name of Zarazote for the area and the bay, the key was originally named “Sarasota Key” by European cartographers during exploration beginning in 1513. That name can be seen on maps from the early 18th century as well as on all local maps drawn before the name change to “Siesta Key” in the 1920s. The population is at 6,600.

Turtle Beach is a public beach located on South Siesta Key. Turtle Beach is known for the large number of sea turtles that nest on the shore. It has roughly 2,600 feet of beach front that is accessible to the public as well as camping, picnic areas, and a children play area. There are two boat ramps to launch boats on the lagoon side of the property. The beach has had problems with erosion. Sharks have been present in the ocean at the beach.

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Siesta Key contains a suburban residential area. The community on Siesta Key consists of single family homes, condominiums, retail shops and art galleries. Until the beginning of the 20th century the island was largely undeveloped. The main source of income of the few inhabitants was fishing and the cultivation of oranges. Tourism began to flourish in 1906, when the Robert’s converted their guesthouse into a large hotel. In the course of the tourist development of the island, it was renamed Siesta Key one year later. For the better development of the island, Siesta Land Company was founded, whose most famous member was Harry Higel, the then mayor of the city of Sarasota.

The American professor and author Stephen Leatherman (Dr. Beach) chose the beach of Siesta Key in 2011 as America’s Best Beaches. Siesta Key became the recipient of the World’s Finest, Whitest Sand Award of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute in 1987. The price was awarded especially for the beach, which is over 99% of quartz sand.

Read more on Siesta Key Association, VisitFlorida.com – Siesta Key, Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce and Wikipedia Siesta Key.




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