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Siesta Key

Siesta Key: An Active Island Community

Just a few miles long and not far off the coast of Sarasota, Siesta Key is a spectacular island with white sandy beaches, endless activities, and breathtaking scenery. With a small year-round population and a large village center, Siesta Key has the vibe of a nostalgic beach town with all the amenities of a luxury resort community. Have you been dreaming of the perfect beach or retirement home close to incredible arts, culture, and entertainment? Discover the unforgettable lifestyle Siesta Key has to offer.

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Discover the Siesta Key Lifestyle

Here's our essential guide with everything you need to know.

Population

6,565

Zip Code

34242

County

Sarasota

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How to Live Like a Local

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Things to Do & Places to See

Siesta Key is the most beautiful and well-known of all the island communities in the Sarasota area. Its beaches are a key feature of island life; residents can spend an afternoon lounging in the sun, reading a book on the beach, or collecting colorful seashells that have washed up on shore. The pleasant weather, comfortable temperatures, and natural beauty make Siesta Key a popular year-round destination.

While the beaches are impressive, Siesta Key offers more attractions for interested homebuyers. Events and festivals fill the calendar all year long, upscale shops and restaurants beckon from all over the island, and fishing spots and boat ramps offer fun experiences by land or sea. Must-see attractions in Siesta Key include Siesta Beach, Siesta Key Village, Bay Island Park, and the Intracoastal Waterway. There are even more shopping destinations, museums, and parks just a quick drive away.

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Local Favorites

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Shuck an oyster at SKOB

Affectionately referred to as "SKOB" by locals, the Siesta Key Oyster Bar is the beach's best spot to savor fresh oysters, refreshing drinks, and live music.

Do yoga at sunrise

Like they say, the early bird gets the worm—and believe us, catching a breathtaking Siesta Key sunrise on the beach is quite the worm!

Dig in the sands

Ranked the #1 Beach in the U.S. in 2020 by TripAdvisor's Traveler's Choice Awards, Siesta Key's quartz-crystal shimmery sand will make you want to bottle it up and take it home with you!

Go parasailing

You can't truly explore Siesta Key without going on a water adventure—and while you may not actually be in the water while you're parasailing, you'll still get a rare bird's-eye-view of Siesta Key's sparkling coastline.

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There's Even More to Love

Schools

Even if you don’t have kids, investing in a home with a highly rated school district can increase the value of your property over time. Siesta Key residents are served by Sarasota County Schools, which has an enrollment of more than 43,000 students. 

Boasting a 15:1 student-teacher ratio, the school district prides itself on providing students with a personalized learning experience.

Healthcare

Siesta Key residents can drive just a few minutes to some of Florida's most reputable healthcare facilities. Take a quick drive down US-41 to reach Sarasota Memorial Hospital, or you can take your children to Johns Hopkins All Children's Outpatient Care for specialized pediatric care. 

For more minor injuries and illnesses, there are many urgent care centers right off US-41, with many located near Gulf Gate Drive.

Shopping & Dining

Pop in Sea Pleasures & Treasures gift shop to find sweet sentiments, many of which are handmade by beach locals. 

Want to know the ultimate waterfront dining spots? Try the ahi tuna appetizer at Turtle Beach Grill, and you'll understand why it's Siesta Key's go-to seafood restaurant before you even get your main course. And if you're in the mood for seafood with some added style, Summer House Steak & Seafood is the perfect place to book dinner for two.

Communities

Siesta Key may only stretch eight miles, but it's actually home to many highly sought-after residential communities. Siesta Key encompasses three main beaches: Crescent, Sarasota, and Turtle. And near each of these beaches, you'll find lots of waterfront properties situated on their very own slices of white-sand paradise.

If you're thinking about buying a home in Siesta Key, then you'll have your fair share of condos and single-family homes to choose from, which on average sell from around $750k to well over $1 million.

Find Your Key to Paradise

You've spent countless hours researching the real estate market, comparing home values, and reviewing local resources. Shouldn't you do the same amount of research on your real estate agent? As real estate experts serving Siesta Key and the greater Sarasota area, we will handle every detail of your transaction. If you're planning to buy or sell a home, contact us at 941.815.6772.

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