PARADISE ON THE GULF OF MEXICO
Fun things to do:
ROBIN HOOD RENTALS
Our friend, Mark, has everything you need to enjoy Siesta: segways, bicycles, kayaks, scooters, scooter cars and everything for the beach too. Kayak mangrove tours and fishing tours.
Bill has all of your kayaking needs sorted. Go for an adventure through the Lido Key mangrove tunnels where you'll be surrounded by mangroves 30ft tall and see lots of crabs, birds, and jellyfish. We love doing this. 941-3061220
SIESTA KEY FARMERS MARKET
The market is every Sunday morning at the Davidson’s plaza in the village. Lots of organic, fresh, home made foods. Lovely!
Take a yoga class right on the gorgeous sand at the main beach.
Every Sunday night a huge group gathers at the main beach access to enjoy the sunset and tribal tones of the drums. Bring your belly dancing outfit or a hula hoop, or just bring a beach chair and watch the entertainment of it all. The kids really love it.
This art and craft festival has been going on every April for decades. The main street in the village is closed and hundreds of artists set up their booths. Its a fun time.
INTERNATIONAL SAND CASTLE COMPETITION
The Crystal Classic Sand Sculpting Competition
Internationally acclaimed sand sculptures come every November to amaze us with their talents. It really has to be seen to be believed.
RED BUG SLOUGH PRESERVE
Leashed pets are permitted at this 72-acre preserve has several miles of hiking trails, a small playground, picnic shelters and a fishing dock.
The hiking trails are unpaved but accessible for most visitors.
Water, sunblock, a rain jacket, insect repellant and sturdy shoes are recommended for hiking.
The preserve has limited parking and a walk-thru gate near the Beneva Road entrance and is accessible on foot or by bicycle at several other walk-thru entrances. For other dog friendly attractions see bringfido.
RIDE HORSES ON THE BEACH
Horseback Riding on the Beach and HorseSurfing™ in Bradenton, FL - Experience the dream of riding a horse on a beach then riding your horse into Palma Sola Bay. You will have an opportunity to ride on a horse that is actually swimming! Plus, we'll teach you how to HorseSurf™ and HorseSki™ (optional). You might even have a few wild dolphins swim by you
CB'S SALTWATER OUTFITTER
CB’s Saltwater Outfitters is the largest on-the-water Bait & Tackle Shop that offers Siesta Key Boat Rentals, Fishing Charters, Fishing Tackle, clothing and sandals for everyone.
SIESTA KEY FITNESS CENTER
This is located right in the village. It couldn’t be more convenient. So, no more excuses! They welcome visitors and offer an online coupon too. They have plenty of equipment to give you a great workout.
THINGS TO KNOW
MORTON'S SIESTA MARKET
This little market is right in the village and always has what we need.
This is our major grocery store. There is one over both the North and South bridges.
EARTH ORIGIN'S MARKET
This is my Organic store, with all the veggies, food and vitamins that you need. Just over the South bridge.
We are so excited to have Trader Joe’s just off of the North bridge to Siesta. What a great store.
Whole foods is located in our beautiful downtown Sarasota, about 15 minutes away.
Fun ways to get around:
This is a fun way to get around without worrying about parking. They will pick you up and take you to the beach or the village. 941-343-3400.
JOHNNY'S FREE BEACH RIDES
They have electric golf carts for up to six people and its free! 941-306-9097.
SIESTA KEY FREE RIDE
They too have electric golf carts for up to six people. 941-952-TAXI.
J & B PERSONAL DRIVER
Bill will pick you up in his gorgeous Porsche SUV and take you anywhere you want - the grocery store, restaurants, airports, beaches. Great prices and exceptional service.
Call him at 941.408.5876
For Dog Lovers:
Fenced dog play yard leads to the only beach area in the county where dogs are allowed. Other amenities are picnic tables, benches, showers, drinking fountains for humans and dogs. Open daily, 7 a.m. - dusk. To the south is South Brohard providing beach access for humans only, includes boardwalks, benches and showers. Parking available at both places.
Miles of reclaimed train tracks have been converted into a wonderful trail through the brush, overpasses and along the water.
SUN GARDEN CAFE
We go here for the fabulous breakfast au gratin potatoes and Cajun benedict.
ANOTHER BROKEN EGG
This is an institution on Siesta. They are famous for their monstrous pancakes.
They have wonderful yoghurt parfaits and biscuits with gravy and awesome Greek omelet.
Great sandwiches and salads.
LELU'S COFFEE SHOP
Lots of great coffee and breakfast. Funky atmosphere with comfy couches and surf boards hanging from the ceiling.
Great simple French cuisine serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
They have great ceviche, happy hour, appetizers.
THE HUB BAJA GRILL
Great outdoor seating and entertainment. Southwestern cuisine.
THE OLD SALTY DOG
The only place to find wonderful fish and chips.
SIESTA KEY OYSTER BAR
Great crab nachos and fun music on an
FLAVIO'S BRICK OVEN BAR
Famous pizza and wine bar.
We go here for the romance and to be on the water. Its on the South part of the island.
Relaxed and eclectic decor and cuisine. Live music. Best Martinis.
Eat in a gorgeous wine cellar.
Original Italian food.
CLAYTON'S SIESTA GRILL
Casual, funky artwork, great happy hour. Tell Clayton that we sent you!
CAPTAIN CURT'S CRAB AND OYSTER BAR
World famous clam chowder. Great friendly and casual atmosphere.
They have two locations - one at the South bridge and one in the village. Fun outdoor dining.
Very popular breakfast spot south of the south bridge.