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Sarasota's Siesta Key Named Best Beach in the United States

Posted by John Allen on Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 11:08am.

It’s official! “Dr. Beach” has confirmed what we’ve known all along: Siesta Beach was just named the #1 beach in the United States for 2011.

Dr. Stephen Leatherman ("Dr. Beach") is the director of the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University. He considers 50 different criteria including sand, water quality, facilities and crowds to rank the nation’s beaches in his annual survey. For the past two years, Siesta Key held the #2 ranking. Dr. Beach cited several factors that helped Siesta Key Beach win the top spot for 2011:

  • Siesta Key's sugar white quartz crystal sand is considered by many to be the finest and whitest sand in the world.
  • Siesta Key blue and turquoise water is clean and clear.
  • The waves are small and currents are gentle making it a very safe area for children.
  • Siesta Keys expansive sand is hundreds of yards wide with plenty of room for volleyball players, sunbathers and beachcombers.

Looking for something to do on the beach besides the usual? There are daily yoga classes, weekly beach runs, and of course the weekly staple drum circle. Residents and tourists alike gather at sunset on Sunday evenings to enjoy the rhythm of hand drums and the colorful antics they inspire. Here’s a link to a slide show by the Herald Tribune: Here’s a link to a slide show by the Herald Tribune: Siesta Key Drum Circle

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9 Responses to "Sarasota's Siesta Key Named Best Beach in the United States"

Julian Jordan wrote: Siesta Key is paradise. We visit every year. I can't wait to come down again next season. Great photos!

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 10:02am.

Taylor wrote: Siesta beach looks like a great place to visit. I wish Boise had such great beaches. The Boise area has some waterfront but not such beautiful ocean views. Great beach and congratulations on getting #1 beach of the year!

Posted on Friday, June 10th, 2011 at 12:36pm.

Allison Ables wrote: I know Siesta Key is my favorite beach!

Posted on Monday, June 20th, 2011 at 12:46pm.

JS wrote: Siesta Key beach is amazing. What time of year is the best time to visit?

Posted on Sunday, July 3rd, 2011 at 9:33pm.

John Allen wrote: Siesta Key has great year-round weather, so you can visit any time. Our busy season is January to May.

Posted on Friday, July 8th, 2011 at 5:42pm.

Ronnette Peterson wrote: My sister and I visited in May of this year and we loved it. We decided that we are going to move there as soon as we can.It is beautiful

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2011 at 6:22pm.

Danny Welsh wrote: Great post. By the look of the pictures, who would argue with that? Beach looks beautiful. Nice share.

Posted on Sunday, August 7th, 2011 at 7:46am.

Siesta Isles Neighborhood Profile & Market Update wrote: [...]miles of canals and is located only a short walk from world-renowned Siesta Key Beach, voted the Best Beach in the United States for 2011. In addition, downtown Sarasota’s dining, nightlife and cultural events are only about a 15[...]

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 9:16pm.

Michael wrote: White quartz, never gets hot. Excellent beach for the family. The sand stays cool any time of year due to the white quartz material. The water is usually calm and clear. 3 mile walk from end to end. Ride your bike on the hard pack sand by the water. Bocci ball is fun to play on the beach as well.

Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2012 at 4:30pm.

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