Julian Yates' Must-See, Must-Do, Must-Eat Guide to Siesta Key

Posted by Julian Yates on Saturday, October 18th, 2014 at 1:42pm.

Anyone who likes beautiful beaches has probably heard of, if not visited, Siesta Key in Sarasota, Florida. Siesta Key Beach, with its powdered-sugar sands, has garnered worldwide recognition and is always at the top of any “best beaches” list.

But there is a lot more to Siesta Key than white sands and blue water.

Because of its slower pace and undeveloped feel, Siesta Key is one of the few tourist destinations in Florida that is actually a locals' destination, too. How many places do you know where people rent a beachfront hotel room a few miles from their oh-so-slightly inland home to “get away from it all?” Living in the middle of paradise does funny things to your perspective of distance.

So why all the excitement about Siesta Key? Let's take a quick tour!

“What's a 'skob?'” you ask. Well, to break free from Siesta Key newbie status, you first have to know that SKOB is short for Siesta Key Oyster Bar. A favorite watering hole in Siesta Key Village, the front porch of the indoor/outdoor bar and restaurant is almost always filled to the brim with an equal mix of tourists and locals. With great food and live music, it's no wonder.

The Old Salty Dog
Do you like great fish and chips? Do you hate leaving your dog at home? The Old Salty Dog is Sarasota's original doggie dinning restaurant! A great place to grab a bite, watch a game, and hang out with your best friend.

Captain Curt's
If you are either visiting or have moved down from New England, and are looking for great clam chowder, Siesta Key has you covered! The clam chowder at Captain Curt's is so good it won the Great Chowder Cook-off in Newport, RI -- an international competition!

If you are a pizza snob like me (it's all about the crust, right?), Flavio's is the place for you! Out of their brick oven comes some of the most delicious pizza imaginable (the crust is fantastic!). You generally don't associate the beach with great Italian food, but hey, this is Siesta Key!

The Blasé Café
What about martinis? The Blasé Café is Siesta Key's answer to a martini bar. With a diverse menu of delicious food, live music, and a casual, fun atmosphere, this is a great place to go if you want to be shaken and not stirred.

The Cottage
Another great restaurant with phenomenal food and live music, The Cottage is distinctive for its romantic, "Old Florida" ambiance.

LeLu Coffee Lounge
On Siesta Key, even the cafés are different! LeLu Coffee Lounge is more than a coffee house. With a full liquor bar, beer, wine, champagne, tapas, and breakfast and lunch menus, your mornings will never be the same!

The Siesta Key Drum Circle
Looking for a unique and moving experience? The Siesta Key Drum Circle is a weekly celebration of living, movement, life, and paradise! It starts every Sunday about an hour before sunset and is an area tradition for locals and tourists alike.

The Siesta Key Crystal Classic
If a drum circle doesn't make you feel like a kid again, how about a sand castle contest? The Siesta Key Crystal Classic, however, isn't your normal sand castle contest. Just take a peek at their website and get ready to be amazed! Get out a pen and mark your calendar in ink: This year's Crystal Classic takes place November 14-18.

The Siesta Key Farmer's Market
Hey, us locals can't eat out everyday. Sometimes we like to kick back at home a cook a delicious meal from scratch. But where do you get fresh fruits, vegetables, and other foods when you live in a beach town? The answer is easy: The Siesta Key Farmers Market. Every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Siesta Key Village, the best in produce, prepared foods, and artisan products are brought right to us!

Imagine living in a place where you can walk or ride a bike not only to a phenomenal beach but also a variety of great restaurants, bars, music clubs and cool events of many flavors. Siesta Key is what Florida living is supposed to be like!

Julian is a happy Sarasota resident and your go-to guy for information about the perks of living in paradise. For more, get in touch with Julian directly via the Sarasota Property Finders Contact Page.


Sarasota Area Real Estate Specialist

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