A short drive from downtown Sarasota, the barrier island of Siesta Key sits adjacent to the glittering Gulf of Mexico and its Siesta Public Beach has been named the nation’s best -- twice. This 8-mile-long island offers shopping, resorts, dining and nightlife. Known for its white quartz sand, turquoise waters and many beachside amenities, Siesta Key is a must-visit island paradise. Siesta Key offers something for everyone. Siesta Key is a romantic getaway for lovers, a family fun destination, and a playground for outdoor adventures. And don’t forget: Wherever you stay, the beach and bay are always nearby.