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Siesta Beach named one of the best beaches in the world by Tripadvisor

aerial of a white sand beach with turquoise water
Photo via Visit Sarasota

Siesta Beach in Sarasota is no stranger to national and global acclaim. Visitors can enjoy quartz-crystal powdery sand between their toes, and experience the soft waves and the abundance of sun at gorgeous Siesta Beach. TripAdvisor recently released its Travelers’ Choice Awards List ranking the 25 beaches in the world, and Siesta Beach made the cut.

The beach offers abundance of parking, concession stands, a free trolley to get around on the island, and nearby fun Siesta Key Village. You’d have to work pretty hard to get bored here. If you’re looking for a spot to escape, consider the unique Tiny House Seistas. These tiny homes offer a resplendent space to enjoy the Florida sun.


“Absolutely beautiful beach with silky quartz sand! Great beach for people watching, sunsets, breakfast/morning walk on beach and finding sand dollars.” wrote one TripAdvisor reviewer.

A sunset beach view with a yellow lifeguard tower
Photo via Visit Sarasota

Siesta Key Beach is an oasis in Florida

Siesta Key boasts other beaches and attractions to enjoy. You can go under the sea. Snorkelers love the sea life at Point of Rocks at the south end of Crescent Beach and Turtle Beach even further south offers a low-key alternative for a place to unwind and read that novel sitting seaside.

Need to get your shopping fix? Siesta Village features a wonderful assortment of boutiques, bars and restaurants for quiet dinners and more raucous pub-crawling. On Sunday evenings you can move to the beat of the Siesta Key Drum Circle, where you will find tribal style drummers next to sword balancing belly dancers and an array of beach life that takes one back a few decades.


If you prefer a respite from the sand, there are opportunities to rent a bike and explore the laid-back Siesta neighborhoods or a “cuppa coffee” at a local café in the Village.

a landscape view of st. Pete beach with a pink hotel in the background
View from St. Pete Beach

Three Tampa Bay beaches rank as the best in the U.S.

You can see a full list of the best beaches in the world here. For the US rankings, Siesta Beach, St. Pete Beach, and Clearwater Beach were all listed as the best in the nation.

The Travelers’ Choice awards honor travelers’ favorite destinations, hotels, restaurants, things to do, and beyond, based on the reviews and opinions collected from travelers and diners around the world on Tripadvisor over a 12-month period.

Tripadvisor’s awards fall into two levels: Best of the Best and Travelers’ Choice.

Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best is our highest honor. The award takes into account the quality and quantity of traveler reviews and ratings, and ranks the very best accommodations, destinations, beaches, attractions, restaurants, airlines, and experiences in specific categories and geographic areas, as rated and reviewed by travelers. Travelers’ Choice Best of the Best award winners are among the top 1% of listings on Tripadvisor.


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