Siesta Key Recognized Once Again
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Siesta Beach - Ranked the #2 beach in the USA and #16 in the world.
Less than 2 years ago, the world’s foremost “beach critic,” Stephen Leatherman of Florida International University, known to millions as “Dr. Beach,” ranked Siesta Beach on Siesta Key as “America’s Number One Beach.” Dr. Leatherman knows his beaches; he’s been ranking them for more than 2 decades. Now another major voice has weighed in: TripAdvisor.com, an international website that reviews hotels, restaurants, attractions, and beaches, recently rated Siesta Beach #2 in the United States and #16 in the world for the year 2013.
In the United States, TripAdvisor.com rated only Hawaii’s Ka'anapali Beach higher than Siesta Beach, making Siesta the top American beach directly accessible from the mainland. On the international list, Siesta Beach was bested only by exotic beach locations like Greece and Sicily. According to TravelTradeJournal.com, “TripAdvisor is now the world’s largest social travel website,” with millions of visitors every month.
Why is Siesta Beach always so highly rated in these surveys? One reason is the sand; it’s 99% quartz. It's pure and white, free of shell fragments and coral. Siesta Beach sand doesn't burn your feet in the summer, and it’s so hard-packed that you can ride a bicycle along the tide line. Siesta Beach is smoke-free, too. Pets and glass containers are prohibited on the beach. No overnight camping is allowed either, although campsites are offered at nearby Turtle Beach, on Siesta Key’s southern tip.
Siesta Beach Park is yet another reason for the high rankings. Located at 948 Beach Road on Siesta Key, the park includes more than 100 acres on Siesta Beach, 13 beach accesses, and 800 parking spots. Siesta Beach Park's splendid amenities also include volleyball, a fitness trail, 4 lighted tennis courts, concessions, and an ADA-compatible playground. Siesta Beach Park is handicapped-accessible and admission is free. No dogs are allowed, but they’re welcome on leashes at nearby Phillippi Estate Park. Sand-sculpting, volleyball tournaments, arts and crafts exhibitions, and charity runs are conducted at Siesta Beach Park throughout the year.
To complete this dreamy landscape, Siesta Key’s average annual temperature is 73 degrees. Gentle breezes from the Gulf of Mexico cool off even the warmest summer afternoons, and in most years, you can stroll Siesta Beach in shorts on Christmas Day. In fact, a large percentage of Siesta Key residents first came here just to visit the beach. Prospective homebuyers will find stylish luxury homes and waterfront condos that are mere steps away from Siesta Beach, the beach that’s always at the top of the list.