Turtle Beach is a relaxed, secluded Florida getaway at the southern tip of Siesta Key.
Locals enjoy Turtle Beach for big family outings as well as quiet romantic strolls. The average yearly temperature is 73 degrees. Turtle Beach Park offers 14 acres of picnic shelters, grills, a playground, a horseshoe pit, a volleyball court, showers, and restrooms. Boat ramps are there too, good fishing at the adjoining Blind Pass Lagoon, and kayaking in adjacent Little Sarasota Bay. Visitors can camp at the delightful Turtle Beach Campground.
Nothing matches the fun of camping out on a Florida beach. Turtle Beach Campground is one of the few remaining spots in Florida where you can park your recreational vehicle or pitch a tent by the Gulf of Mexico, sleep by the surf and under the stars, and wake up with the Florida sunrise. Lots of shady trees and plenty of cool breezes off the Gulf complement the warm Florida sun.
Turtle Beach Campground provides 40 campsites with areas for both tents and RVs. Every site is less than 700 feet from the beautiful Gulf of Mexico. Electricity and cable TV hookups are also offered. Sarasota County purchased the campground in 2006, and the county is currently completing improvements to the park and campground including enhanced parking, improved walking paths, and better signage. Residents of Sarasota can reserve campsites up to nine months in advance. Out-of-town campers can reserve campsites up to six months ahead. While Turtle Beach is never crowded, it is quite popular, so try to make reservations early. (Reservations are required.)
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Turtle Beach is always clean, quiet, friendly, and never crowded. It's only minutes from bustling downtown Sarasota.
Be aware of several campground rules. There's a 3-night minimum stay on holiday weekends and a maximum stay of 30 nights during any 45-day period. 6 persons per campsite is the maximum, and for the safety and convenience of all, no animals or campfires are allowed.
Turtle Beach is named for its many loggerhead sea turtle nests. Loggerheads get their name because their oversized head resembles a big log. Loggerheads are considered a "threatened" species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, one level below "endangered." The loggerhead sea turtle is Florida's "official" state saltwater reptile.
Boating, fishing, golf, and tennis opportunities, as well as world-class shopping, dining, and entertainment venues, are nearby and abundant. Come to visit. If you decide to stay, plenty of residential properties near Turtle Beach are available in all almost all price ranges. You won't find a nicer spot anywhere on the Gulf of Mexico.