How to Experience Siesta Key Like a Local

With filming underway of a new MTV reality show on this Florida barrier island, you might start hearing about Siesta Key for other reasons additionally to its beautiful beaches. We still don’t know what you will see, or if it will make you visit or run away from here. However, if you decide on a visit, follow our tips on how to experience Siesta Key like a local and enjoy it as much as we do.

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Where to stay?

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     To avoid spending your vacations trying to find parking, and to get the chance of living the dream of having a private beach, check out Tropical Beach Resorts and The Capri at Siesta. Tropical Beach Resorts has a direct footpath to the Public Beach and a Volleyball playing area. It also has amenities such as grills, beach towels, and beach chairs.

    The Capri at Siesta is more private and preferred by couples. This ten room only boutique hotel also has a private pathway to Crescent Beach, and a courtyard where it would be a shame not to share a bottle of wine.

What to eat?

    If you want to stay close to the beach, Clayton’s Siesta Grille should be your first choice. It’s Goat Cheese and Tomato Jam Jar has built such an excellent reputation that locals are known to order it not only when they go to the restaurant, but for private parties. For something more filling, order the Pan Roasted Diver Scallops with Bacon braised chard or the Mahi Mahi Fish Tacos and don’t forget to ask what’s on draft.

    Twenty minutes from the beach and you’re in Downtown Sarasota, the city where Siesta Key is. In Downtown Sarasota, you can find artisan shops, local stores, and a variety of restaurants for all different tastes. A strong newcomer on the Sarasota restaurant scene is Boca-Sarasota. Its menu changes with what the market has available but some items like the OMG burger with truffle fries are available every day (and for a reason!). Food is not the only thing that’s good in Boca-Sarasota, its atmosphere and cocktails are what keeps locals coming back, and you can’t leave before trying the Fly Dye drink.
What to do?

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    Aside from going to the beach, and the endless offering of water sports there is more you can do in Siesta Key and surrounding areas. St. Armands Circle, and Island shopping center is only twenty minutes away. Here you will find luxurious shops in a laid-back environment. You can also enjoy food & drinks, galleries, and events such as the St. Armands Circle Craft Festival in June, and Taste of St. Armands in October.

     If you like rum, don’t skip the tour at Drum Circle Distilling. The tour is free, includes rum samples, and it runs for about an hour. Don’t forget to register for the tours in advance, because this might be the place where you can find the best souvenirs for those that were not as lucky as you to visit Siesta Key.

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The beach, great food & rum are some of the things locals love about Siesta Key. If you're thinking about paying us a visit, keep reading.