Siesta Key Beach is an 8-mile long barrier island with beautiful white "sand" that is actually pulverised quartz. You'll find more sand dollars here than shells, and from May to October, nesting birds and sea turtles! Sundays, there is the public Siesta Key Drum Circle at the public beach, starting an hour before sunset.
There are multiple parts to the Siesta Key experience - Turtle Beach (with public kayak launch on the bay side); Crescent Beach; Siesta Key Public Beach and Siesta Key Village. If you are looking for a really perfect beach experience, Siesta Key is THE perfect choice in Southwest Florida.
Living here, you might think you would be inundated with tourists, and it is true - between Valentine's Day and Easter, traffic coming and going on the Key can be difficult unless you know the best times (arrive before 10am and leave before 4pm or after 6pm). But in all honesty, it is a small, temporary inconvenience for the privilege of living on one of the best barrier islands in the United States the rest of the year. Fabulous fishing, kayaking, beach walking and swimming, sunsets, restaurants and shops.
The residential sections of the key are beautifully quiet and peaceful at night, just like any other ideal neighborhood. And you are a quick shot over either of the bridges to all that Sarasota as a whole has to offer - which is incredibly wonderful!
Condominium rentals depend upon the associations: a few offer daily rentals, a fair number weekly turnovers, more offer two-weekly turnovers, and the rest can vary from one month to three month minimums. Many complexes are "condo-tels," offering an onsite rental agency to help you maximize your rental income (but these are more difficult to finance if you are borrowing).
Residential areas, unless specified by an HOA, are a one-month minimum. Home styles vary from 1960s block ranch to sleek moderns to mini-mansions. (There are a handful of proper estates on the key, but the majority of estates are mainland, bay front; call and ask me)
For living, for playing, for your home or as a rental, Siesta Key being #1 in the nation year after year is always a very good investment!
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