What to do in Siesta Key

A skinny sliver of Gulf of Mexico real estate, Siesta Key glistens as the white-sand doormat of neighboring Sarasota. Incredibly, the powdery sand here, which earned Siesta Key Beach the coveted number-one ranking from Dr. Beach in 2011, originated in the Appalachian Mountains millions of years ago before making its way down into the sandcastles of vacationing 21st-century toddlers. As you’d expect, condos and million-dollar beachfront homes dot the skyline. For a more natural experience (albeit one packed with the requisite flotilla of snowbird RVs), snag a campsite at Turtle Beach Campground. Here, you can wake up steps from what is unquestionably one of America’s best beaches.

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