Siesta Key is one of those destinations where once you vacation here, you will be back. This eight-mile-long island paradise is home to one of the best beaches in the U.S., plus it offers some of the best restaurants, shopping, and nightlife you will find anywhere. Siesta Key is the perfect place for family fun, a romantic getaway, or just a relaxing vacation staring at the breathtaking views of the turquoise water while you lay on the white quartz sand. Young or old, there is something for everyone visiting Siesta Key.
Is this your first visit? If so, here are our favorite tips for first-time travelers to Siesta Key.
Emergencies happen, and flights can be canceled and delayed. Protect yourself by purchasing travel insurance. It will ease your mind should your circumstances change.
There is an island mentality at Siesta Key. Be casual, and stay comfortable. Shorts and light clothes are the usual. Pack comfortable shoes and a nice set of clothes for dining or dancing. Bathing suits are acceptable nearly everywhere during the day. The weather is usually warm, even in the winter. Check the weather forecast and plan to layer if necessary. Consider this 1-2-3-4-5-6 rule of thumb; one hat, two pairs of shoes, three bottoms, four tops, five pairs of socks, and six pairs of underwear (plus a bathing suit, of course).
Siesta Key’s high season is January through April. The off-season starts in June and runs through September. That is because many people don’t like the heat/humidity and hurricane season. While hurricanes need to be considered, the area rarely gets hit by these storms. You can find better rates during these times and air conditioning and swimming pools help beat the afternoon heat.
The people who live on Siesta Key are generally friendly and appreciate tourists. If you need a recommendation about a restaurant or business, just ask. Most likely, they will give you a fair and honest opinion. Who knows, you might just make a new friend.
Sometimes, with new travelers, the vacation becomes so overwhelming that they can forget to eat healthy or hydrate properly. Always try to eat at least one healthy meal daily and drink plenty of water while in Siesta Key. The warm temperatures can make you perspire more than you are accustomed to.
If you truly want to experience the old Florida charm of Siesta Key, stay away from the large hotels and resorts. They may be great for business travel, but they rob you of the authentic cultural experience that Siesta Key can offer. That, they can be costly and lack a social component that smaller properties can provide. Instead, choose to stay at a smaller property or inn where you have more privacy and can appreciate the tropical feel of the area.
Siesta Key Island Rentals is a collection of professionally managed properties and units that will meet your individual needs. Each has a full kitchen with a dining table and a separate living room. Many have screened-in porches and a full variety of amenities, including private swimming pools, central AC, and flat-screen TVs.
This year, treat yourself to the beauty and wonder of Siesta Key. We guarantee that once you visit, you’ll be soon planning your next trip here as well.