The Best Beach in the Country? You Betcha!
Some people move to Sarasota for tennis and golf; others come for the music and arts. But everyone who comes relishes the sunshine and hopes to dig their toes in “the whitest and finest sand in the world” — the quartz sands of Siesta Key Beach. Named by Conde Nast Magazine as the number one beach in the United States, Siesta Key draws hundreds of tourists and residents to its restorative shoreline.
The beach has a fascinating history. Until the 20th century, it was home only to poisonous snakes, wild boar, and biting insects. Where today two bridges link the key to Sarasota, it wasn’t until the 1920’s that developers opened a hotel and sought construction of a bridge. Today nearly 400,000 visitors walk the eight mile long crystal shoreline, play in the warm salt water, or observe the many shore birds.
Although I have been to Siesta Key many times, I wanted my recent house guests to experience the beauty of this special beach — except the high that day was only 63. Nevertheless, after a sumptuous lunch on St. Armand’s Circle, we headed to Siesta Key with cameras in hand, sweatshirts over our tee’s, and optimism brimming behind our sun glasses. Surprisingly, the beach was populated with people of all ages battling the “fierce” weather. Within minutes our sweatshirts were cinched around our waists, our jeans rolled up, and our pockets lined with shells. To our delight, we found some keepers which have already made their way home to central Michigan.
Walking Siesta Key Beach is a shore delight, regardless of the weather.
The Sarasota Spectator
Our Sarasota Spectator is Betsy Miller, a retired high school teacher and college professor. Originally from Columbus, Betsy has fallen in love with the Gulf Coast of Florida, especially Sarasota. Blogging about the area has been a creative outlet for the writer, opening up an avenue of exploration. You may find the bon vivant enjoying happy hour at a tiki bar, shopping on historic Main Street, or seated at a concert or show at a local theater. Chances are you also might find her buried in a book on one of our beautiful beaches. Asked to give one word about her feelings for Sarasota, Betsy replied, “Smitten.”